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Nokia May Have an ARM-based Netbook

Earlier this year Nokia announced a partnership with Intel and it seemed any chance of an ARM-powered netbook from the company had just slipped away. However, today Digitimes cites Taiwan-based handset makes who say in addition to the recently announced 3G Booklet, Nokia will offer an ARM smartbook and soon settle ODM orders.

The rumors is in line with previous reports that said Nokia had ordered netbook shipments from both Quanta Computers Inc. and Compal Electronics Inc. At the time, the Quanta netbooks were said to be based on Intel’s Atom chip but the Compal netbooks were said to be ARM-powered.

Indeed, Digitimes sources specified that Nokia is likely to outsource the production to either Compal Electronics or Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry).

What kind of Nokia netbook would you prefer? Let us know in the comments below!

  • burnley14
    If their netbooks are anything like their phones, I'll avoid both. I've never been impressed by Nokia's product quality, but maybe that's just me.
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  • Kaiser_25
    i agree with burnley nokia does put out low grade crap...typically
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  • bustapr
    What's ARM?
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  • megamanx00
    Well, they have used ARM in a number of their phones so it's not surprising. I'll reserve judgment till they actually hit the streets though.
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  • jhansonxi
    ARM is a
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  • jhansonxi
    ARM is a non-x86 compatible CPU known for it's low power. The ARM is just a CPU core design that is licensed to other companies that make various chips based on it.

    (Note - don't try to log in while in the middle of posting a message. TH doesn't handle that well.)
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  • Niva
    I'll voice a dissenting opinion, I've loved my Nokia phones over the years. Yeah arm is not a phenom or nahalem CPU but neither is the Atom. I'd love to have an arm based netbook with linux on it if the craftsmanship of the device is up to Nokia's standards (which are very high imo.) Cheers!
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  • lifelesspoet
    I have waited long for an arm based mini notebook, and if the specs are similiar to the atom based one mentioned a few days prior I imagine having a hard time fighting the impulse to get one.
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  • malphas
    "What kind of Nokia netbook would you prefer? Let us know in the comments below!"

    ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor, 10" 1920x1080 OLED touchscreen, integrated IEEE 802.11n wifi/Bluetooth/mobile broadband module, USB 3.0, SSD, 9 cell battery, Chrome OS.

    Not going to happen, but that's basically my ideal netbook.
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  • Negative Nokia comments come often from the States where they don't even have most of Nokia models. I've been totally happy with my E71.

    If Booklet's Windows 7 runs under Maemo virtual machine.. now that would be something.
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