Nokia unveils latest Linux tablet

Summary:The N810 comes with Skype and a Mozilla-based browser pre-installed plus integrated GPS and a slide-out keyboard — but no WiMax

Nokia has released the latest in its line of touchscreen internet tablets, the N810 — the first device in the series to come with integrated GPS and a slide-out keyboard.

Nokia announced the tablet, which runs on the company's Maemo Linux operating system, at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.

The tablet — which includes no cellular connectivity, but does sport Wi-Fi and Bluetooth — is the third such device Nokia has produced in the past two years, as part of its drive to reposition the company's handsets as "multimedia computers" rather than mobile phones.

The N810 will come with Skype and a Mozilla-based browser pre-installed and, unlike Nokia's other tablets, will come with a slide-out keyboard and integrated GPS — a feature Nokia expects will eventually feature on all its phones.

The device will ship from mid-November in some territories, for around US$479 (£234).

Despite the inclusion of new features, one expected improvement is yet to appear — WiMax connectivity. Nokia has already committed to launching WiMax-enabled products from next year and has previously hinted that the Linux tablet is in line for the connectivity upgrade.

Nokia has yet to make any concrete announcements on its WiMax line-up; however, a spokesperson noted that the phone maker will be working with US carrier Sprint, which expects to rollout its own WiMax network shortly.

Topics: Hardware


Jo Best has been covering IT for the best part of a decade for publications including, Guardian Government Computing and ZDNet in both London and Sydney.

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