The Nokia N900 — the first Maemo-based smartphone — was originally scheduled to be released in October, but a high-level Nokia executive has admitted that the debut of this model has slipped back about a month.
A statement from Peter Schneider, Head of Maemo Marketing, is upbeat about the future of this open-source operating system, but ends on a sour note:
We expect it [the N900] to start shipping during November 2009.
He also didn’t say anything to confirm or deny unconfirmed reports that the N900 will be offered by T-Mobile USA.
An Overview of the Nokia N900
This upcoming 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.
This mobile Internet device will be a GSM phone with HSPA 3G. It will also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
In Europe, it will sell for EUR 500, excluding sales taxes and subsidies.