4Mbps Video playback on the N900 (video)

Updated on 12 November 2019 by

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The N900 is a real power-house. An open power-house. Not only is the browsing speed improved greatly over the previous generation of devices (to bring it up to class-leading speeds) the video payback performance is great too. I see missing support for H.264 at the moment but as this is not a final production build, those codecs may not be included yet. I tested a 720×400 4Mbps DivX video today though and it worked perfectly. The quality is the playback on the screen and through the analogue TV-out (PAL, composite) was really impressive. This little baby needs a digital output. My VGA-quality video doesn’t help either!

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17 Comments For This Post

  1. Vlad Bobleanta says:

    RT @chippy: 4Mbps Video playback on the Nokia N900 (video) including TV-out on a huge 50" plasma! #maesum http://cli.gs/nPbde

  2. Alessandro Tucci says:

    RT @chippy: 4Mbps Video playback on the Nokia N900 (video) including TV-out on a huge 50" plasma! #maesum http://cli.gs/nPbde

  3. nokiAAddict says:

    RT @chippy: 4Mbps Video playback on the Nokia N900 (video) including TV-out on a huge 50" plasma! #maesum http://cli.gs/nPbde

  4. Colin MacDonald says:

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  6. johnnybrasco says:

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  7. dcboy123 says:

    Long live Nokia, now just hurry and get to the states before the new Intel MID Phones get here. can you install from the same repositories as the N810?
    Any apps installed?

  8. turn_self_off says:

    the N900 has a more recent cpu, and runs maemo5 rather then maemo4 (N810), so while things cant be installed at present, more and more of the existing software on maemo4 is being updated to work with maemo5…

  9. Mike Cane says:

    You make my head spin, Chippy. So which is superior: Archos 5 IT or Nokia N900?

    You know damned well I’ll NEVER buy a Nokia product. Not after that N770 debacle.

  10. Patrick says:

    Both have almost same hardware, archos has 200 Mhz faster processor and n900 has 128 MB more RAM. I will buy N900 4 sure because it’s all in one powerhouse, been thinking about taking HTC Touch Pro2 or HD2 but taking into account that there is no SDK from HTC fro it’s Sense UI .. HTC is just not worth it. As for Archos 5, i like the product a lot but taking into account that it’s currently full of glitches and that Pixel Qi screens are yet to come in 2010. i will wait further time to buy it – that is unless someone else beats Archos in 5″ ARM based tablet (doubt it).

  11. Micke says:

    If you´re gonna call it a debacle, at least get the name right. Nokia 770 internet tablet. There´s never been an N770. I pre-ordered one as soon as I heard about it. OS2005 was buggy as heck, but the 770 still represented something never really seen before. So what exactly was the 770 debacle?

  12. UMPCWatch says:

    Chippy, did the interface TV cable come with the phone? Quality of the picture is very impressive, indeed! And given such nice options as Adobe Flash, Opera (or am I mistaken) and 3G + GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA complete for all geographies (incl. Canada where I am from), this “thingy” is getting more and more attractive. I shall be visiting Europe in less than two months and then hopefully be able to buy a “phone of my dream” … still trying to choose :-)
    So, the point is: would you consider a N900 as the real contender, even if it does not come with a multitouch screen?

  13. Carl says:

    It has a Mozilla-based web browser, not Opera.

  14. squirrel says:

    Chippy, can Archos 5 play 4Mbit DiVX?

  15. Patrick says:

    You should try testing 720p video reproduction. If Beagle Board can pull it off (same hardware specs) so should the N900.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdnDpH3543Q

  16. Carl says:

    To do 720p you need to use the OMAP’s video decoding accelerators. If the video codec is done entirely by the main CPU it’s going to struggle.

    I’m not sure how the current Maemo 5 video player and the one the VLC guys are working on is implemented.

  17. dammsaint says:

    VLC on maemo 5 its not working well yet, but it will, about the 720p video its needs hardware optimization for the codec so the hardware its able to play it but its not optimized yet, remember the n900 inst out for the public yet.

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