Nokia ARM-based smartbook planned for mid-2010

August 26, 2009 at 11:50 am

Nokia smartbookWhilst Nokia’s Wintel-based Booklet 3G certainly took us by surprise, it looks like the device we always expected from them i.e. an ARM-powered smartbook is on the agenda after all. Digitimes is reporting that Nokia is planning to offer a smartbook, in addition to the Booklet 3G netbook, although it won’t hit the market before mid-2010.

Nokia is expected to outsource production of the smartbook to either Compal (who is producing the company’s Booklet 3G) or Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry). It will be interesting to see exactly what chips Nokia uses to power such a device. Some suggest that Nokia won’t launch a smartbook device until they have the powerful chips to do it justice.

Nokia Booklet 3G to cost $799?

August 25, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Nokia Booklet 3GNokia’s first entry into the netbook space, the 10.1-inch Booklet 3G, was only announced yesterday. Whilst details on pricing and availability are thin on the ground right now, that doesn’t stop the rumours on what we can expect to hear next week from Nokia World.

Sascha from has heard from close sources that the retail price of the Booklet 3G will cost $799. Now, even if true, this is most likely an arbitrary figure given that the likelihood is that the device will be sold on contract through mobile operators.

There is also speculation regarding the processor used, although the 1.6GHz Z530 Atom CPU has been banded around, it’s be no means confirmed. Also, given the driver issues surrounding the Poulsbo chipset, we’re not convinced performance would be on par even with the N270 Atom. However, I’d be very surprised if the chip doesn’t include some kind of hardware acceleration either through the ION platform or Broadcom chip. We look forward to full details on September 2nd next week.

Nokia Booklet 3G announced: HD Display, 12hr battery life, HDMI

August 24, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Nokia Booklet 3G After recent speculation, Nokia has announced its first entry into the netbook market with the Nokia Booklet 3G. This Intel Atom-powered, Windows 7-based device is touted as having a 10.1-inch HD display, 12-hour battery life and, as the name suggests, have 3G/HSPA connectivity built-in. It will be powered by a 1.6GHz Z530 Atom processor and come with a 120GB HDD.

The pictures highlight a device that looks very familiar to most netbooks, albeit one that is more slender than most netbooks out there. The aluminium chassis certainly adds to its attractiveness. The company says that the Booklet 3G is just 19.9mm in thickness. It measures 264mm in width and 185mm in length. The whole thing measures 1.25kg. Read more

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