A Nokia hybrid PC? Remember the Booklet

Summary:Nokia's partnership with Microsoft for phones could easily extend into the Windows 8 hybrid market. Nokia has experience (albeit not very successfully) building a laptop.

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We recently daydreamed about a BlackBerry hybrid PC running Windows 8. This was admittedly far-fetched, but there's another phone maker that could easily build a Windows hybrid computer.

Nokia has ridden its partnership with Microsoft to take the lion's share of the Windows Phone market. Unfortunately, a big share of a small market is not enough to keep a large company like Nokia making a sizeable profit.

What the company could do is take advantage of its alliance with Microsoft and build a Windows 8 hybrid computer. That's a laptop with a detachable screen that works as a tablet. 

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Nokia makes good phone hardware so it's not that big a stretch for it to build a hybrid like we want. It even has experience making a Windows laptop. You may remember the Nokia Booklet, a top quality netbook from a few years ago. Nokia was late to the netbook game and the Booklet cost double the price of competitors' netbooks. It was doomed to failure as a result.

That experience making the Booklet, a nice aluminum laptop with top quality components, could be leveraged to build a good hybrid computer. Nokia would have to adjust the Booklet's design to be state-of-the-art, specifically very thin and light.

The detachable screen would need to be a light tablet that could take full advantage of Windows 8. It would need to be as thin as the iPad and have a high-resolution display. 

If Nokia built a quality hybrid that followed our guidelines for such a device, it could take the market by storm. This would diversify the company's offerings and give them a good shot at entering the Windows 8 market. Perhaps it could make a tie-in to its Lumia phone line. It could bring its Windows Phone apps to Windows 8 and have an instant advantage over the competition in hybrids. If it built a hybrid good enough and kept the price competitive, the Nokia product could be a good seller.

Topics: Laptops, Mobility, Windows


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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