Nokia brings out first Linux smartphone – Nokia N900

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Despite a few leaks, Nokia has announced it will be releasing its very first smartphone that will be Linux-based (using its Maemo 5 software), and not its Symbian operating system.

Coming out in October, the Nokia N900 is set to operate more like a computer and not a phone; with the Finnish company touting that the phone is, according to Executive Vice President, Anssi Vanjoki, “something that is fusing the power of the computer, the internet and the mobile phone.” It will also set back consumers €500, excluding any taxes and subsidiaries.

More information, and images are after the jump.

The phone will feature a massive 32GB of storage, which is also expandable up to 48GB with a microSD card; a 5 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss optical lens; a physical keyboard alongside the 3.5-inch widescreen touch display’; and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It also has a 600MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor with application memory of up to 1GB – which is a combination of physical RAM and virtual memory).

In the connectivity side, it will have Wi-Fi 802.11b/g; Bluetooth 2.1 with support for stereo headsets; integrated A-GPS; and will be compatible on both HSPA and GSM networks.

The operating system, as mentioned, will be Linux-based; and its browser will be using Mozilla (the creators of Firefox) technologies, and will have full support of Flash 9 (and it isn’t Lite), and AJAX. However, speculation is arising if this would give rival mobile operating system on the Apple iPhone, and the Android OS, a run for its money.

But, we need to wait and see.