Nokia may only have plans for a single further Maemo device in 2010, but that’s not to say the market will be limited to that unnamed handset and the N900. Optima have launched the first non-Nokia Maemo MID the shape of the Optima OP5-E, a 4.3-inch resistive WVGA touchscreen, 806MHz Marvell PXA310+ ARM processor and integrated 3G (CDMA now; HSDPA coming next month). Over at ARMDevices Charbax has reviewed the OP5-E, and he seems pretty excited about its possibilities.
Video demo after the cut
The OP5-E squeezes in GPS, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth and a 2,600mAh removable battery. There’s a microSD card slot (16GB cards supported), a 3.2-megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera up front for video calls. The whole thing measures 143 x 74 x 17.6 mm and Optima reckon you’ll get around 8hrs video playback out of it.
Charbax reckons the VoIP possibilities of the OP5-E are one of its strongest points, together with the size of its screen – the N900 is 3.5-inches, in comparison; however there are some Bluetooth issues and lacks a TV output. Still, at $500 unlocked (Optima are looking for carriers who might want to subsidize it, but we reckon that’s relatively unlikely) it’s an interesting alternative to the Nokia for those not enamoured with the N900’s hardware keyboard.