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Nokia N900 Lives On Through The Neo900, Able To Run Android

Back in 2009 when Nokia hadn’t partnered with Microsoft, the company released a smartphone called the Nokia N900 that used the Maemo Linux operating system. This model has since been discontinued however there are lots of people who want to keep it alive by coming up with a worthy successor called the Neo900.

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The project is still in its initial stages however if everything goes out according to plans the Neo900 will look and feel like the original N900. There is going to be changes in the internal hardware though such as having an upgraded processor and bigger RAM, and come with LTE support. The device will also be able to run a wide variety of operating systems such as Maemo, Ubuntu, Firefox OS, and Android.

Here’s a comparison of both devices

N900 Technical Specifications

  • CPU: TI OMAP3430, 600 MHz
  • RAM: 256MB
  • Storage: 256 MB NAND + 32 GB eMMC + microSDHC
  • Modem: UMTS HSPA 10/2 Mbps (Nokia BB5)
  • Display: 3.5″ TFT, 800×480, resistive
  • Sensors: 3-axis accelerometer, Ambient light, Proximity
  • Infrared: Consumer IR (sending only)
  • USB: Micro-B 2.0
  • Audio: Stereo speakers, 3.5mm, Mic in, Video out
  • Extras: FM receiver and transmitter (RDS), VGA front camera, 5.0 MP camera, Autofocus, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0

Neo900 Technical Specifications

  • CPU: TI DM3730, 1 GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 1 GB NAND + 32 GB eMMC + microSDHC
  • Modem: Choose by yourself!, UMTS HSPA 14.4/5.76 Mbps (Option GTM601), UMTS HSPA with CDMA (Option GTM609), LTE 100/50 Mbps (Option GTM801)
  • Display: 3.5″ TFT, 800×480, resistive
  • Sensors: 3-axis accelerometer, Ambient light, Proximity, 3-axis compass, 3-axis gyroscope, Barometer/thermometer
  • Infrared: High power Consumer IR (with learning) and IrDA
  • USB: Micro-AB 2.0 (OTG)
  • Audio: Stereo speakers, 3.5mm, Mic in, Video out, Stereo line-in
  • Extras: FM receiver and transmitter (RDS), VGA front camera, 5.0 MP camera, Autofocus, Internal full RS232, RFID-EEPROM, Expansion connectors (battery, I2C, USB), GPS/GLONASS, Battery hot-swap support, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0

The specs of the Neo900 might not be that powerful and its screen isn’t even capacitive however its appeal lies in its openness. Users will be able to tinker with the device with ease since no binary blobs are needed and full documentation as well as schematics are provided. According to the team responsible for making this device a reality “We’re committed to provide the best hacking experience possible. Even if we have no idea how to make use of some feature, you might have one and we won’t stop you from implementing it.”

Although this device is still in its early stages it is based on an actual product called the OpenPhoenux GTA04. Modifications will be made on the GTA04 hardware to make it fit into the housing of the Neo900. It also looks like the project will need 200 backers willing to pre-order the device for 700 Euros to make this a real product.

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