Nokia N900 now on sale in the U.S.

Nokia announces that its Nokia N900 Maemo-powered Internet tablet is now available in the U.S. for $649.

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For those of you who have been chomping at the bit to get your hands on the Nokia N900, your wait is over. We just hope you've been saving up for it this whole time.

The highly anticipated Nokia N900 is now on sale in the U.S. for an unlocked price of $649. It's available at Nokia's flagship stores in New York and Chicago as well as online from Nokia and other retailers, such as Amazon.

Running on the Linux-based Maemo platform, the N900 is the next evolution of Nokia's Internet Tablet series and offers a heap of new features and functionality. For one thing, unlike previous devices such as the N810, you now get phone capabilities as well as 3G support (GSM 850/900/1800/1900; WCDMA 900/1700/2100). It also has one of the most powerful browsers we've seen with support for Adobe Flash Player 9.4 and AJAX.

In addition, the compact slider offers a full QWERTY keyboard, a 3.5-inch WVGA (800x480) resistive touch screen, and four customizable home screens. Other highlights include a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and multitasking capabilities that rivals those on the Palm Pre.

We got a chance to check it out in person at CTIA Fall 2009 and were instantly enamored with the device. Since then we've been begging and pleading Nokia for a review unit and the company has assured us that it's coming soon, so we hope to have a full review for you shortly. In the meantime, you can read some of our hands-on impressions in the photo gallery below.

About the author

Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.

 

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