Nokia confirms the N900 will run Maemo

Nokia N900

Nokia has unveiled the N900 internet tablet, which will run the Linux platform Maemo.

Rumours have suggested Nokia would ditch Symbian and use the Linux platform.

Anssi Vanjoki, executive vice president of markets at Nokia, said in a statement: "With Linux software, Mozilla-based browser technology and now also with cellular connectivity, the Nokia N900 delivers a powerful mobile experience."

"The Nokia N900 shows where we are going with Maemo and we'll continue to work with the community to push the software forward."

Featuring an ARM Cortex-A8 processor, up to 1GB of application memory and OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration, the N900 lets several applications run at once.

The browser will be powered by Mozilla and the home screen will also be customisable in a desktop style for shortcuts and applications.

"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," Vanjoki added.

The device itself features a touchscreen, slide out QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera, and 32GB of storage, which can expand up to 48GB with a microSD card.

Although a statement from Nokia said the N900 will be available in select markets from October, the UK release and pricing is still to be confirmed.

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