Nokia announces new Linux based Internet Tablet

We are keeping an extra close eye on mobile phone makers lately, looking around for Apple-related news. From time to time, we’ll bring you something not specifically Apple-related, but that might still be of interest. This is one of those times.

Today Nokia introduced its first device in the new Internet Tablet category, the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, at the LinuxWorld Summit in New York. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is a dedicated device optimized for convenient Internet browsing and email communications in a sleek pocketsize format. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet features an impressive high-resolution (800×480) widescreen display with zoom and on-screen keyboard, ideal for viewing online content over Wi-Fi. Aside from Wi-Fi, the device can also connect to the Internet utilizing Bluetooth wireless technology via a compatible mobile phone.

“We are very excited to introduce our first Nokia Internet Tablet device to the market. With the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet consumers can access broadband Internet services away from their desktop, for example in the backyard or at a cafe within a Wi-Fi hotspot”, says Janne Jormalainen, Vice President of Convergence Products, Multimedia, Nokia in the press release.

The device runs on Linux based Nokia Internet Tablet 2005 software edition which includes widely deployed desktop Linux and Open Source technologies. The maemo development platform (http://www.maemo.org) will provide Open Source developers and innovation houses with the tools and opportunities to collaborate with Nokia on future devices and OS releases in the Internet Tablet category.

“Linux is a logical choice for the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet as Linux and the Open Source development platform provide us with fast and efficient solutions to build products for this new, Nokia product category. This is the first step in creating an Open Source product for broadband and Internet services. We will be launching regularly updates of the software. The next software release planned for the first half of next year will support more presence based functionalities such as VoIP and Instant Messaging”, continues Janne Jormalainen in the release.

Additional highlighted applications of the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet with the 2005 software include an Internet Radio, RSS News reader, Image viewer and Media players for selected types of media. The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is planned to start shipping in the third quarter of 2005 in selected countries in the Americas and Europe.

More photos and info here.

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18 Comments

  1. Wouldn’t that look a lot better with a scroll wheel instead of those arrow buttons? And maybe all white, and perhaps some slightly smaller aluminum ones in different colours? And, and . . . .

  2. I dunno. Kinda nifty looking. I can see using it as a platform for say, Doctors in a hospital with wifi distributed throughout the hospital, and central servers, or similar types of applications.

    If people would just learn to build web based applications that DON’T RELY ON WINDOWS ON THE CLIENT OR SERVER SIDE…

  3. This is exactly what I was thinking Apple should be doing!!! At least when Apple does release a similar unit, they’ll do it right!

    What is the deal with Cell phone makers and Sony even, with their product names?!?!
    the “Nokia 770 Internet Tablet” and the Sony XR-ptt.1134 rev. Q…
    Don’t they understand Marketing 101?!?! You have to sell it as something people can easily repeat and associate with the product.

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