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Nokia has delayed the launch of its flagship N900 mobile handset-cum-computer again as they feedback from developers. The Finnish phonemaker now says the N900 ­ pictured ­ will start selling in November, a month later than originally scheduled.

The N900 is Nokia’s first phone to run on Linux software and is seen as crucial to Nokia’s penetration into the high-end market.

It features a 600MHz ARM processor, an iPhone-sized high-definition touchscreen, a qwerty slide-out keyboard, 5-megapixel camera and a new open-source, Linux-based operating system called Maemo 5.

Nokia is also describing it as an Internet tablet and “the world’s smallest computer”, and says it’s aimed at technology enthusiasts who appreciate the ability to multitask and browse the Internet as they would on their desktop PC.

Unlike the iPhone ­ which can handle only one application at a time ­ Nokia says Maemo 5 will allow the N900 to have dozens of application windows open and running simultaneously.

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