Live Pics: Nokia Rover/N900/RX-51 – Prototype Unboxing. The ultimate Nseries device and iPhone killer?

| August 8, 2009 | 32 Replies

I don’t think I’ve craved a Nseries device..scratch that, any phone so much after seeing these photos. Hopefully it lives up to the rumoured specifications…


So yesterday, Engadget announced that a new Nokia device has gained FCC approval. Which one? The RX 51.

Rover Woop WoopThe RX designation intrigued the Engadget crew as it could possibly be the Internet Tablet “Rover” that we saw MobileCrunch break news of a while back with their render.

MobileCrunch apparently had actual images but couldn't post for legal reasons

Now the RX-51 has been in discussion over at the since December 08. As I go to check out that discussion board, I see in the last posts these pictures. (more astonishing is that they are from a forum post that’s a month old! Did I miss these? Never mind, seems it’s new to the entire blogosphere).


Props to MobileCrunch. Their render did look pretty close.


Box Contents...check out the return of the Video Out Cable and a surprising BL-5J battery (it's only 1320mAh)


hidden screen. Nice. AMOLED please?



Looks absolutely beautiful!


Backs not too bad either.




Nseries - "how to open the battery cover"


Nseries Black Box Prototype 😀


  1. WOW!
  2. The source of those pictures is almost a month old. How are these images surfacing only now? (unless I’ve just been grossly out of the loop)
  3. Is it real?

When closed, I think it looks absolutely beautiful. That seamless face with the hidden screen. Very nice.


The FCC photos seem to match the photo

The keyboard is a bit, “meh”. Interestingly, it seems to be near on identical configuration to the rumoured Nokia N97 mini.

Seems there will be no dedicated numbers row.

n900 keyboard

N97 MINI keyboard and N900/Rover - similar configuration. Big chunky keys, could be very comfy to type on?

Check out the back.

  1. SIM CARD SLOT. It is a phone, not just an internet tablet.
  2. Entire back, including lens cover is removable.
  3. Lens cover is similar to the slide action going on the N97- but a cooler design that fits the look of the device. Hopefully that means that there’s a bit of a gap so it can’t harm the device and scratch itself like the N97’s lens cover.
  4. 5MP Carl Zeiss – ok –
  5. Dual LED – hmmmp. No Xenon.


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I really like the looks of it. Now if the it lives up to rumoured specifications, the N900/Rover/RX-51 will be one hell of a phone. Hah, almost perfect had it had Xenon Flash, but I think I’d happily ignore that if Nokia delivers (rumoured) powerful specifications and a completely revamped and optimised user experience.

Nokia seems to have stepped up. This is what they should have brought to 2009.


From a previous post on the N900/Rover

  • It does Voice GSM – You can finally make phone calls WITHOUT skype to other phones :D
  • 3.5″ screen but it has 800×480 pixels! WVGA (16:10)
  • OMAP3430 500/600 Mhz processor! With Open GL ES 2.0 – 3D acceleration!
  • 1GB RAM!!! (Although that’s 256 physical RAM, the res- 768MB is Virtual RAM)
  • 5MP camera with Carl Zeiss – with Dual LED flash! An old standard from Nseries but on an internet tablet!
  • 32GB internal memory – expandable to 48GB!

Now on the software front:

  • It runs on Maemo 5. I loved Internet Tablet OS 2008 on the N800 – I often wished that was a phone. Maemo 5 should be even better.
  • The Web Browser is FireFox 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If they bring it close the the desktop version then I’m in love with the handset just for that. It supports flash 9.4 too
  • Homescreen with “live dashboard” -  probably the Widgets version of the N97 – which has been on IT OS for a while, it just wasn’t as customizable.
  • Captures video at 800×480 in AVC/H.264 No HD, but slowly getting there. What FPS though?
  • At 59.7 x 111 x 18.2 mm, it’s quite big, and should have been big enough to fit the 4.1″ screen of previous internet tablets (there’s still be plenty of space either side for a 2ndary camera – although due to width, that would only leave about 1mm either side)
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