Number of Nokia N900 sales in first five months of 2010

According to researcher Gartner, Nokia sold less than 100,000 of its top-of-the-range N900 smartphones in its first five months on the market, indicating it has yet to mount a serious challenge to the iPhone and Blackberry.

The sales of less than 100,000 N900s(Nokia's top model) compares with sales of 8.75 million iPhones in January-March alone. In addition, Nokia sold 50,000 N900s in the last quarter of 2009, and quarterly sales fell in January-March, Gartner statistics showed.

Nokia N900, company’s first phone running the Linux Maemo operating system (that went on sale in the last quarter of 2009), a chunky computer-like handset -- with slide-out keyboard and a touch screen -- has found support among hard-core technology specialists but failed to attract a wider audience.

In February this year Nokia unveiled a plan to merge Maemo with Intel's Moblin operating system.

Nokia has been unable to mount a serious challenge to Apple three years after the iPhone's launch. Its last hit smartphone model, the N95, was unveiled in 2006. --------

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