A 12.1 megapixel next generation N900: That’d be interesting

Rumours are abounding about Nokia coming out with an officially super-shit-hot Maemo device. Nokia has been very, very good at keeping schtum about announcements — indeed there’s an Apple-esque sheen around the company at the moment, especially after their Ovi Maps ‘it’s live, right now’ feature at their London press conference last week.

There’s a lot of chatter about Nokia’s next move in the high-end market. There’s quite a lot of mention of the all new C-Series.

Add into the mix the news from Nokia that they will only launch one Maemo device this year…

What have we got?

Not much to look at yet…

But tons to speculate upon.

It’s all very well watching the market go nuts for iPhone — it most definitely has it’s place, and it does grab an unnatural amount of attention. But if you absolutely had to guarantee reliable, consistent and high quality service, I’d still opt for the Nokia. The N86 is, I think, one of the best handsets on the market — still, even though it’s been around the block now.

For raw computing power on the go, the N900 is making many-a-geek jump with joy, especially server admins who rely on SSH connectivity to manage their hardware. It’s a piece of genius for anyone demanding mobile computing power.

I’d really like Nokia to come out with a massive, massive high-end device. Something to keep the faithful and the geeks interested — something to point to in the inevitable ‘but my iPhone is shiny’ argument.

If you could deliver me a 12 megapixel super-fast mobile warrior N900-style Maemo 5 device… goodness me that would be compelling. You get Nokia’s famed hardware reliability, a Linux-based OS that can be easily OTA-upgraded and well… I’m sure that would draw significant developer attention so we could get some phenomenal apps on it.

I wouldn’t mind carrying a ‘grown-up’ device like that.

In fact I’d probably use it as one of my primary handsets.

The chaps at NokNok reckon we might even have some news this week.

We shall see…

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

4 replies on “A 12.1 megapixel next generation N900: That’d be interesting”

My Fantasy Nokia: 12.1 megapixel with a nice big photo sensor chip and a nice big Zeiss lens, ala the Canon G11, with physical zoom, and physical qwerty keyboard. Touchscreen. Maemo…. Sounds delicious.

Over the weekend, I got to shoot a friend's Canon G11 with a wifi (Radio Popper) dual flash on opposite sides of the room set up, and the photos were gorgeous. SLR not needed.

If it has a camera, it needs Xenon flash, full stop, no arguments. LEDs are just appalling and useless in anything but steady hand, brightly lit conditions, which in real terms means any conditions. There is no argument against Xenon that holds water, and LEDs have been proven poor by many many user testimonies over time.

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