Maemo 5 Injects Speed and Power Into Mobile Computing

August 27, 2009

ESPOO, Finland, August 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Nokia (NYSE: NOK)
today marked the next phase in the evolution of Maemo software with 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.

The Nokia N900 has evolved from Nokia’s previous generation of Internet
Tablets and broadens the choice for technology enthusiasts who appreciate the
ability to multitask and browse the internet like they would on their desktop

Running on the new Maemo 5 software, the Nokia N900 empowers users to
have dozens of application windows open and running simultaneously while
taking full advantage of the cellular features, touch screen and QWERTY

“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. What we have with Maemo is something
that is fusing the power of the computer, the internet and the mobile phone,
and it is great to see that it is evolving in exciting ways.”

Designed for computer-grade performance in a compact size, Maemo
complements Nokia’s other software platforms, such as Symbian, which powers
Nokia’s smartphones.

“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. 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,” says Jonathan Arber, Senior Research Analyst in Consumer Mobile
at IDC.

More multitasking with Maemo

The Nokia N900 packs a powerful ARM Cortex-A8 processor, up to 1GB of
application memory and OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration. The result is
PC-like multitasking, allowing many applications to run simultaneously.
Switching between applications is simple, as all running content is
constantly available through the dashboard. The panoramic homescreen can be
fully personalized with favorite shortcuts, widgets and applications.

To make web browsing more enjoyable, the Nokia N900 features a
high-resolution WVGA touch screen and fast internet connectivity with 10/2
HSPA and WLAN. Thanks to the browser powered by Mozilla technology, websites
look the way they would on any computer. Online videos and interactive
applications are vivid with full Adobe Flash(TM) 9.4 support. Maemo software
updates happen automatically over the internet.

Messaging on the N900 is easy and convenient thanks to the full physical
slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Setting up email happens with only a few touches
and the Nokia Messaging service mobilizes up to 10 personal email accounts.
Text message or IM exchanges with friends are shown in one view and all
conversations are organized as separate windows.

The Nokia N900 has 32GB of storage, which is expandable up to 48GB via a
microSD card. For photography, the Maemo software and the N900 come with a
new tag cloud user interface that will help users get the most out of the 5MP
camera and Carl Zeiss optics.

The Nokia N900 will be available in select markets from October 2009 with
an estimated retail price of EUR 500 excluding sales taxes and subsidies. The
Nokia N900 will be displayed at Nokia World, Stuttgart, on September 2. More
information on Maemo is available at http://maemo.nokia.com.

About Nokia

Nokia is a pioneer in mobile telecommunications and the world’s leading
maker of mobile devices. Today, we are connecting people in new and different
ways – fusing advanced mobile technology with personalized services to enable
people to stay close to what matters to them. We also provide comprehensive
digital map information through NAVTEQ; and equipment, solutions and services
for communications networks through Nokia Siemens Networks.


SOURCE Nokia Corporation

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