Maemo 5 screenshot surfaces, intrigues

By on August 18, 2009 at 3:49 PM.

Maemo 5 screenshot surfaces, intrigues

Russian mobile maestro Eldar Murtazin comes through again, this time with the first reported screenshot of Nokia’s highly, highly anticipated upcoming Maemo 5 OS. Did we mention it’s highly anticipated? After referring to S60 as “obsolete junk”, Murtazin lays down a screen capture of Nokia’s new Linux-based beauty. As we all know, this time around Maemo is destined for a whole lot more than just a few Internet Tablets that are filling a hole that isn’t there — that’s right, a whole range of next-generation handsets are in the pipeline and due to be fueled by Maemo 5. First up of course, is the T-Mobile-bound Nokia Rover we spied earlier this month and it certainly looks like a gem. As for what’s next, Nokia’s track record with leaks suggests it won’t be long before we have a good idea of some more handsets to come. Not much can be gleaned from Murtazin’s image unfortunately, though we can at least take solace in knowing that a modern looking OS is soon to be found on Finnish phones. Let’s hope at least one of them has a QWERTY keypad with a centrally located space key — that’s not too much to ask, right? Oh Nokia World, you can’t get here soon enough…

UPDATE: Hit the jump for a screenshot of Maemo 5′s on-screen keyboard, complete with off-center space key. Ugh.

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Nokia Rover smiles for the camera

By on August 9, 2009 at 10:00 AM.

Nokia Rover smiles for the camera

Well look what finally decided to grace us with its pictorial presence: Nokia’s Rover aka N900 aka RX-51. With the T-Mobile version having just passed through the FCC, the Rover just made its first live appearance and we have to say that we really like what we see of the upcoming Maemo 5 smartphone with apart from the fact that the Z key is not offset — oh and yes, Nokia’s design team is still smoking space key crack. Just in case you don’t recall, it was way back in May when what appeared to be the entire specs for the Rover leaked out. It looks like May’s leak was pretty accurate as here’s what we have today:

  • 3.5-inch resistive touchscreen
  • 800 x 480 pixel resolution
  • 32GB internal memory
  • 5.0 MP Carl Zeiss camera with dual-LED flash, auto-focus and sliding cover
  • MicroSDHC support
  • FM transmitter
  • Quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WCDMA 900/1700/2100, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP
  • GPS
  • CPU: ARM cortex A8 @ 600mhz up to 1Ghz (similar to iPhone 3GS and palm pre)

Yes, we wants. Hit the jump for some more pics. More →

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T-Mobile-bound Nokia Rover clears FCC; get ready for Maemo 5

By on August 8, 2009 at 9:00 AM.

T-Mobile-bound Nokia Rover clears FCC; get ready for Maemo 5

Having apparently (finally) given up on the Internet Tablet strategy of old, we’ve been anxiously awaiting more confirmed news with regards to Nokia’s forthcoming Maemo-powered handset codenamed Rover. As it were, a not so mysterious handset just popped up in the hallowed pages of the FCC website — that’s right people, the Rover is confirmed and it looks to be destined for T-Mobile. To be clear, this is not an Internet Tablet a la 770/N800/N810 — this is the first in a series of Maemo 5-powered smartphones Nokia has in store for us. Here are a few specs gleaned from FCC documentation:

  • Quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, tri-band WCDMA (900/1700/2100)
  • Bluetooth + EDR
  • Wi-Fi
  • FM Transmitter
  • Slide-out QWERTY keypad
  • Nokia BL-5J 1320 mAh battery

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Nokia Cseries was just the start; Xseries, Nokia Money, Booklet and more trademarks unearthed

By on July 19, 2009 at 11:35 AM.

Nokia Cseries was just the start; Xseries, Nokia Money, Booklet and more trademarks unearthed

Well apparently that Finnish blog Puhelinvertailu opened up the flood gates as a bunch of people spent their Saturdays nights/Sunday mornings combing through Finland’s trademark database for anything Nokia-related. Much of what was found, such as a laundry list of trademarked handset names, falls into the “who cares?” category. Yes, Nokia trademarks names like Exx and Nxx so it can use them down the road. There were a few trademarks of interest uncovered however, namely a trademark for “Xseries” — meaning we now have two possible names for new lines of Nokia handsets. If we had to wager a guess: Cseries will encompass handsets that would have previously fallen into various numbered ranges (ie boring) and Xseries will cover Nokia’s upcoming line of Maemo 5-powered handsets (ie not boring). Again, that’s just speculation of course. Trademark miners managed to dig up mention of some other possibly-interesting tidbits as well, such as “Nokia Money”, a potential new platform for mobile financial transactions, and Booklet, a possible name for Nokia’s upcoming line of netbooks/smartbooks. Hopefully at least some of the products behind these trademarks will be covered by whatever Nokia plans to unveil at Nokia World.

Thanks, CanisMajor!

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