The Nokia N900 hasn’t even debuted yet, and a price competition has already started, causing several retailers to bring their prices down to about $100 below the official one. Still, this high-end smartphone isn’t going to be cheap.
Nokia is asking $650 for this model, but that’s just a suggestion to other retailers. For example, Amazon.com started taking pre-orders at the official price, but has now dropped the cost to $560. newegg.com is also taking pre-orders at $560.
The N900 is expected to hit store shelves any day now, both in the U.S. and Europe, where it’s going to sell for EUR 500, excluding sales taxes and subsidies.
In the U.S., this device is being sold directly to the public, so no carrier subsidy. However, there are rumors that T-Mobile USA is going to offer it.
An Overview of the Nokia N900
This soon-to-be-released model will have the same general shape as Nokia’s earlier Internet Tablets: a slider with a large WVGA touchscreen and a landscape-oriented keyboard.
It will run a new version of Nokia’s open-source Linux-based operating system, Maemo 5, on an ARM Cortex-A8 processor. It will have up to 1 GB of application memory and OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration.
This Nokia model will include a web browser based on Mozilla technology, and full Adobe Flash 9.4 support.
The Nokia N900 will have 32 GB of storage, which is going to be expandable up to 48 GB via a microSD card.
UPDATE: The Nokia N900 will not have support for AT&T’s 3G service, just T-Mobile’s.
In addition, it is going to have a 5 MPx camera and Carl Zeiss optics.