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Nokia shuns Symbian for new Linux model

N900 runs new Maemo 5 software that allows users to have dozens of applications running at the same time

Nokia's N900 runs on Maemo 5
Nokia's N900 runs on Maemo 5

Nokia is giving its Symbian operating system a break and will be coming out with its first Linux-based smartphone in October.

The N900 runs on Maemo 5, which allows users to have dozens of applications running simultaneously. Other features include a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a touchscreen and personalised homescreen similar to the N97, 32GB internal storage, and a 5 megapixel camera.

"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 VP, 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."

The Nokia N900 will be available in select markets from October 2009 with an estimated retail price of EUR 500, but there’s no word yet on when it will be made available in the Middle East.

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