With the huge amount of attention the Nokia N900 got since it was initially announced, you’d think Nokia will want to launch several similar smartphones (i.e. Maemo-based) next year. But it looks like the Finnish giant has no such plans and wants to stick to introducing only one Maemo handset in 2010, just like this year.
Reuters has it that an unnamed source has confirmed Nokia’s intentions to release just one Maemo device in 2010.
Sure enough, Nokia never launched too many Maemo devices at once (its three internet tablets came out in 2005 and 2007 and now, two years later, we have the N900, which is sort of like an internet tablet too, but with added phone functionality), so this news shouldn’t come as a surprise.
“Launching just one Maemo model in the whole of 2010 need not be a problem if Nokia can develop an iPhone killer with standout design and superior usability,” said analyst Neil Mawston from Strategy Analytics.
Meanwhile, Nokia will continue to roll out Symbian-based smartphones, which will probably represent the largest part of its smartphone line-up many years from now on – since Maemo (which is based on Linux) will likely be kept for high-end devices only.
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