Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone maker, is to branch out into computing by selling laptops.
The Nokia Booklet 3G will use Microsoft’s Windows operating system and will measure just 10 inches wide and 2 cm thick, and weigh 1.25 kg. The Finnish company is facing growing competition in the mobile phone market from Apple’s iPhone and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry.
Kai Oistamo, Nokia’s executive vice-president for devices, said
A growing number of people want the computing power of a PC with the full benefits of mobility. 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.
The mini-laptop, known as a netbook, will have a battery life of up to 12 hours, offer high-speed access to the Internet, and be capable of playing high-definition video. It will be powered by an Intel Atom processor. Nokia will announce more details about the gadget on September 2.