Nokia to offer ARM-based smartbook

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Taipei, Taiwan - In a move sure to annoy Intel, Nokia plans not only a new Atom netbook, the Nokia Booklet 3G, but also has a new ARM-based smartbook coming down the track, say sources at Taiwanese handset makers.

Digitimes reports that Nokia is likely to outsource the production to either Compal or Hon Hai's Foxconn. The smartbook is due to hit stores around the middle of next year, a few months after the Compal-built Booklet 3G, which will run Windows 7 and support 3G/HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth and A-GPS.

The Booklet 3G is powered by Intel's Atom processor, weighs 1.25kg and measures slightly more than 2cm thick. It has an HDMI port, front-facing camera for video calls, integrated Bluetooth and an SD card reader. Other features include a 10-inch glass HD ready display and integrated A-GPS technology, which can work with Nokia's Ovi Maps gadget for global positioning.

The Booklet should be capable of 12 hours of battery life and feature an internal mobile broadband card with a SIM slot, says Nokia.

According to Kai Oistamo, Nokia's Executive Vice President for Devices: "The Nokia Booklet 3G is a natural evolution for us. Nokia has a long and rich heritage in mobility and with the outstanding battery life, premium design and all day, always on connectivity, we will create something quite compelling. In doing so we will make the personal computer more social, more helpful and more personal."