New Nokia Tablet N810 with Keyboard and GPS

Oct 19, 2007

Nokia has just announced the latest version of its Linux-based tablet PC. The device comes with a 4.13 inch touch screen, and a full-fledged keyboard.

The N810 is the third generation Internet tablet PC by Nokia. It will be available as of November for around 450 euros. Like its predecessors, the N810 does not include wireless technology and relies on an external WLAN or mobile phone for Web use or VoIP.

The N810 includes a Mozilla Web browser with Ajax, Adobe Flash 9, the Skype VoIP solution, a camera, and a player. The device has the familiar slide-out type keyboard used by many mobile phones. New features include a GPS receiver and preinstalled maps with points-of-interest (POI), although it is currently unclear what areas the maps will cover.

Nokia 810 with slide-out keyboard and GPS receiver. Source: Nokia

The Nokia N810 uses Maemo version OS2008, the free Linux distribution for mobile devices. According to the manufacturer, users of the predecessor, N800, will be able to update to the new version. Other features provided by the new tablet include an individually configurable interface and enhanced video and audio functionality.

In future, Nokia aims to provide support for the Maemo platform to free developers and enterprises via its own Nokia Forum. The vendor speaks of 3.4 million registered users who develop mobile applications for the Symbian Series 40 and Series 60 platforms.

Mobile devices of this type, especially those that use a Linux operating system have excellent market prospects, and the market is highly competitive due to this. Just recently, CPU manufacturer ARM entered into a cooperation with six partners to work the market (see the separate news item here), and Intel is also collaborating with the company behind Ubuntu, Canonical, on a mobile platform (see the separate news item here).

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