Nokia has another shot with Linux

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Helsinki, Finland - Nokia is pursuing its flirtation with Linux, today launching a new high-end phone based on the operating system.

Nokia has had one shot with Linux already, using it three years ago for its range of internet tablets. They didn't really catch on. The new N900 series is described as having 'evolved' from these devices.

The N900, unlike its predecessor, has a cellular connection, along with WVGA touch screen and slide-out keyboard. It uses the company's Linux-based Maemo operating system, saying it lets users have 'dozens' of application windows open and running simultaneously.

"With Linux software, Mozilla-based browser technology and now also with cellular connectivity, the Nokia N900 delivers a powerful mobile experience," says Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Markets, Nokia. "The Nokia N900 shows where we are going with Maemo and we'll continue to work with the community to push the software forward."

Phone a penguin

The N900 is based around an ARM Cortex A8, providing 1GB of application memory and Open GL ES 2.0 Graphics acceleration support. It comes with 32MB of memory - which can be expanded - and a five megapixel camera.

"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," commented Jonathan Arber, Senior Research Analyst in Consumer Mobile at IDC.

The N900 will be available in October. The company is quoting a price in Euros - 500 of them - which gives a hint as to the 'select markets' it plans to launch in.