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Nokia N900 tablet previewed before official launch

Extensive details about the long rumoured Nokia N900 internet tablet have appeared online, with a huge collection of screenshots showing the Linux-based OS in action.

We're not sure what's going on here since Nokia has traditionally been tight-lipped about showing prototype devices and even placing a global embargo on all unreleased devices. But the ridiculously well-connected Eldar Murtazin has just given the rumoured N900 tablet an exhaustive preview with tons of screenshots over at Mobile-review.

The upcoming N900 running the Linux-based Maemo 5 OS. (Credit: Mobile-review)

Here's what Murtazin has to say. The N900 has a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard and an 800x480-pixel resistive touchscreen, though he does comment that it is extremely responsive, like the iPhone. According to the man who let the cat out of the bag, the build quality is similar to the E75. It'll also have a 5-megapixel camera with F2.8 lens (very similar to the N97), 32GB of on-board memory with a microSD card slot for up to 32GB, a micro-USB port, 1320mAh battery, GPS and TV-out. But these details are not as interesting as the Maemo 5 software that the device is running on.

From the screenshots, Maemo looks like it carries over a lot of what we love about the S60, some of the icons are the same, but the overall presentation looks cleaner, more attractive and more customisable as well. Murtazin reports that the N900 will be released before the end of 2009 for a price of €550.