Most new groundbreaking devices follow a similar path; first being vaguely mentioned and rumored with a codename and maybe some specs. Then we will see a very un-descriptive device pass through the FCC with just enough information to get us excited. Then the leaked images and specs flow forth until pricing hits the front page of blogs and shortly after we see said devices on store shelves across the U.S.
Back in May, MobileCrunch ran an exclusive on a possible upcoming Nokia Tablet device. Major points from that article included:
- Nokia is being ridiculously secretive about this device and we can’t provide all that much information, but we have made a sketch of pictures we have seen:
- 3,5″ Touchscreen device
- Slideout QWERTY Keyboard
- Wide device
- Will run Maemo
- Codenames are N900, Rover, or Maemo Flagship
- T-Mobile 3G AWS bands (1700/2100)
- Coming to T-Mobile USA in August/September
- For more specs, scroll to the end of this article!
As more specs are revealed, we begin to see a better and better picture of the so-called “Rover,” until earlier today, the FCC approves Nokia’s newest Internet tablet for sales in the United States. We think the device that MobileCrunch featured, and the one that passed through the FCC are one and the same because:
- Instead of Nokia’s usual “RM555″ where 555 = the model number, the devices is named with a “RX….) meaning that it will not be a regular Nokia mobile phone
- The FCC scetch you saw at the top of the page shows a extra wide device, the same shape and size we expect to be heading to T-Mobile
- Both the MobileCrunch version, and FCC version have T-Mobile’s 3G AWS bands, meaning that it will pick up T-mobile USA’s 3G network, a network that only T-Mobile uses in the United States (out of national carriers)
After the FCC, the pictures begin to come…Thanks to Speedy over at Engadget, we see the following shots of T-Mobile’s upcoming Internet Tablet
As the release date approaches, you can expect to see speculation of the release date, price, data plans, advertising, and more. There you have it! The life of a new, groundbreaking upcoming device. Of course we can’t confirm that this device is heading to T-Mobile USA’s shelves, but with an overwhelming amount of evidence and confidence, we can say that T-Mobile will be getting this pretty little Internet tablet in the coming 2-3 months. Stay tuned as we reveal more information about T-Mobile’s upcoming devices. Oh, and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for CellPhoneSignal’s big Google Voice Contest!
More Specs from MobileCrunch:
- Update: A few comments inquired about GPS. Our source has since verified that the N900 does indeed have GPS, along with an accelerometer.
- Dimensions: 59.7mmx111mmx18.2mm
- Weight: 180g
- 3.5″ 800×480 (WVGA) touchscreen
- OMAP3430 500/600 Mhz processor (Fun Trivia: Same CPU as the Palm Pre)
- Bands: GSM Quad-Band 850, 900, 1800, 1900. WCDMA 900, 1700/2100, 2100
- 5 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera with dual-LED flash, autofocus, and sliding cover
- Though the renders we’ve seen show two lens-like circles near the screen, we’ve got no word on what’s behind them. However, we feel safe in assuming that its a proximity sensor and a front-facing camera.
- 1GB total virtual runtime memory (256MB physical RAM, 768MB virtual memory)
- Wi-Fi, HSPA
- 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 48GB via external memory
- Keyboard variants: English, Scandinavian, French, German, South European, Italian, Russia
- In the box: Connectivity cable, headset, charger, battery (1320 mAh), Video-out cable, microUSB adaptor, cleaning cloth
Some of the mentioned software features:
- In all of the renders we’ve seen, it appears to be running Maemo 5.
- Multitasking: “Run all of your favorite applications simultaneously”
- Live Dashboard allows all open tasks and unread messages to be displayed in one view
- Browser: Firefox 3 with support for Flash 9.4
- Built-in automatic update software
- Contacts has some sort of status sharing built in, allowing you to share your status, location, and mood. Support for Contacts on Ovi and Google Talk.
- All SMS and IMs accessible from one view
- Cellular voice or VOIP both supported
- Captures video at 800×480 in AVC/H.264
- Image tagging and geo-tagging support
- Nokia intends to have at least a dozen add-on apps available at launch, including a game called “Bounce”, a Jaiku/Twitter app called “Mauku”, and a few widgets.
If you’re not drooling yet, you should probably get your salivary glands checked. If you are, you’re probably getting curious about availability. Don’t worry, we’ve got details on that, too.
This documents all specifically and repeatedly mention “TMO” launch targets. We’ve never seen this stand for anything besides T-Mobile in this context, and everything still makes perfect sense after swapping out every instance of “TMO” for “T-Mobile”. As such, we assume that is what they mean.
Target launch dates, as of the beginning of this year:
- T-Mobile International: July 2009
- T-Mobile USA: August/September 2009
- Middle East, Asia, South-East Asian Pacific: July 2009
- Europe: October 2009
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