Nokia N900 to launch in Ocotober for €500, is Maemo 5 the way to go?

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Nokia is on a roll this month, there’s no sign of them slowing as they have just officially announced their first Maemo 5 running device, the N900 which is said to be launched in October for €500. This time Nokia didn’t hold back on the CPU power, the N900 is Packing an ARM Cortex-A8 processor (OpenGL ES 2.0) with 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage space expendable to 46GB with a MicroSD and all the connectivity options you could expect for such a beast (Wifi, BT, GPS etc) is sports a 3.5″ WVGA resistive touch screen, 1320mAh battery, and 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-LED flash. Oh and it also has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard!.
Other than the resistive screen (why the hell didn’t they go for a capacitive panel !?) which in my opinion sucks big time the N900 looks like a winner. Now the most interesting part is that instead of running Symbian S60 it’s the first Nokia phone to have the Maemo 5 linux distro. HOw will this work on a “smartphone” device remains to be seen. The questions is, Is it a good idea to have to different smartphone OSes in your catalog Nokia? What’s up with Symbian ^4 ?
Looking at the videos below the UI does look really slick (doesn’t seem to have V-sync enabled thought)

Source: Nokia via Engadget