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Nokia N9000 is a 'computer-grade' handset

by Stevie Smith - Aug 27 2009, 19:45

Sexy, sassy, and something of an open-source powerhouse. Image: Nokia.

Described by Nokia as “the next phase in the evolution of Maemo software,” the Finnish mobile phone giant has today unveiled the Nokia N9000, it’s first open-source handset that uses the Maemo platform to deliver a PC-like user experience.

Set to pander to the needs of multitasking mobile users everywhere, and building on the back of Nokia’s previous generations of Internet Tablet technology, the N9000 runs on new Maemo 5 software and will be able to handle dozens of open application windows simultaneously – much as if it were a conventional desktop.

The compact but “computer-grade” N9000 will be looking to flex its muscle thanks to the inclusion of a powerful ARM Cortex-A8 processor, up to 1GB of application memory, 32GBs of data storage (expandable to 48GBs via microSD), OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration, and a capable 5.0 mega pixel digital camera.

The handset also takes advantage of high-speed cellular connectivity (10/2 HSPA and WLAN), a Mozilla-powered Web browser, and will come complete with a high-resolution WVGA touchscreen user interface, a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, support for Adobe Flash 9.4, and widget and application personalisation.   

Attached to a potentially pocket-testing retail price of €500 Euro (excluding taxes and subsidies), the new Nokia N9000 is expected to hit stores this coming October and will be debuted at next week’s Nokia World event in Stuttgart, Germany.

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