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Nokia_N900_front_screen_maemo_5Computer-grade performance in a handset. That’s the dream. And Nokia reckons its cracked it, thanks to the Maemo 5 software system available in the new Nokia N900.

“Taking its cues from the world of desktop computing, the open source, Linux-based Maemo software delivers a PC-like experience on a handset-sized device,” a Nokia suit said.

Apparently, Maemo 5’s computing skills lie in allowing users to multitask and browse the internet, like they would on their desktop computer.

Nokia said the N900 can have “dozens of application windows” open and running simultaneously

So, does that mean Nokia is dumping the Symbian software, which powers its smartphones? Not so, according to an IDC analyst.

“Just as Nokia continues to expand and diversify its device portfolio, so it is deploying multiple platforms to allow it to serve different purposes and address different markets,” says Jonathan Arber, a senior research analyst at IDC.

“While we have seen continued growth in Symbian as a smartphone platform, Maemo enables Nokia to deliver new mobile computing experiences based on open- source technology that has strong ties with desktop platforms.”

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As for the Nokia N900 itself, Nokia says it’s “evolved” from the company’s previous generation of internet Tablets. It includes:
* High-resolution WVGA touch screen
* Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
* 32GB of storage (expandable up to 48GB via a microSD card)
* ARM Cortex-A8 processor
* Up to 1GB of application memory
* 5MP camera and Carl Zeiss optics. * OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration
* Fast internet connectivity with 10/2 HSPA and WLAN.
* Mozilla browser
* Adobe Flash 9.4 support.

The Nokia N900 will be available in select markets from October 2009 with an estimated retail price of EUR500 excluding sales taxes and subsidies.

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