Nokia N900 Rover is the Finnish giant’s next Internet tablet device?

Nokia N900 Rover

Now that the Maemo 5 SDK is out in beta, we’re expecting to see Nokia’s next Internet tablet. That said, I’m glad to report that rumors have started to surface saying that the upcoming device will be called N900 Rover. According to MobileCrunch, Nokia will release the N900 in summer and the first carrier to pick it up will be T-Mobile.

The report goes on, adding that the Deutsche Telekom-owned operator will start offering the tablet in July and bring it to the U.S. somewhere in August or September. Asia and the Middle East will also see the N900 released during the summer, while Europe will have to wait for October.

Specs wise, the N900 will join Nokia’s phone family thanks to the built-in cell phone radio (my two cents – I would love to have a version of the device without that part), which will support 3G/HSDPA connectivity. Moreover, the screen will shrink from 4.1 to 3.5 inches (capacitive?), but will keep the same WVGA (800×480 pixels) resolution. Other features of the device include GPS, WiFi, accelerometer, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and dual-LED flash (very cool), OMAP 3430 CPU at 500 or 600 MHz, 32GB of storage space that is expandable with microSDHC cards, 1320 mAh battery. Size wise, from what we’re hearing the N900 will be kinda bulky device measuring 111×59.7×18.2 mm and weighing full 180 grams. Still, considering all the goodies found inside, that doesn’t sound like a problem, quite the contrary.

Final word – I guess this goes in line with my earlier article on what I would like to see on the next Nokia’s Internet tablet, though an even faster CPU like 1GHz Snapdragon and higher res screen of 1024×600 pixels would be appreciated even more. Furthermore, this seems as part of the rumored strategy that Nokia will make computer, laptops or… better tablets! :)

[Via: Unwired View, image from CellPassion not necessarily presents the N900]

  • noname

    “my two cents – I would love to have a version of the device without that part”

    I saw someone else say this too. Why is it so difficult to just not use the connectivity? Do you realize that even if they’d remove the extra hardware, they would probably save like 2 grams and have it cost *more* because of inventory issues? Not worth it.

  • Dusan Belic

    My thinking is that by including additionally radios they’ll charge us a premium. So I want a cheaper version. Take a look at the laptops (not netbooks) – if they have a 3G radio, they cost a fortune.

  • noname

    The laptop market may view the 3G radio as a premium item, but that doesn’t mean that it reflects the cost of the hardware. In this size category, a 3G radio is considered a standard feature, and Nokia’s volumes are so large that the cost per individual device must be minimal. I am almost 100% sure that modifying the supply chain would be more expensive. You can’t just not attach the chip – it also involves new boxes, keeping them separate, shipping the correct quantities to satisfy demand, different marketing, etc.

    Of course, they could disable it in software just to segment the market, but as I said, it’s viewed as a standard feature at this point, so it would probably not be worth it. The iPod touch is popular due to being the top of the line iPod, but Nokia can’t use the same marketing tactic as consumers don’t associate them with MP3 players. I’m also fairly sure Apple wouldn’t actually do it that way if they could get out of the exclusivity agreements.

    I could almost see it making sense if Nokia started selling versions with failed radios rather than nonexistent radios, but their yields are probably too high, and I’m pretty confident most faults are detected before assembly.

    May I ask why you wouldn’t want the radio anyway? It would really hurt the functionality of the device, and if you want to use it as a fancy offline PDA, you’ll have to carry another phone with you anyway just for calling people. I don’t see it replacing a larger laptop.

  • Dusan Belic

    Well, you’re right, a 3G could come handy. I just don’t need it for calling, but as a tablet device.

  • priya sharma

    can u help me to give price of NokiaN900 rover & nokia thresher

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