As if being the world’s largest cell phone company wasn’t enough, Nokia wants to put another feather in its cap by entering the laptop business. Nothing has been confirmed, of course, but CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said that the company is “looking very actively also at this opportunity.”
This could prove to be a very interesting proposition for the Finnish company, because they already boast all sorts of expertise in mobile technology. In addition to the popular mobile phones and smartphones, Nokia also has its series of Internet tablets and other similar devices. Going a little bigger with a netbook or a notebook may not be that big of a stretch.
At the same time, if you ask anyone at Nokia, they don’t make smartphones at all: these are handheld communicators or portable computers. This is very much true, especially when you look at powerful handsets like the new Nokia N97. From web surfing to productivity, smartphones like that can do almost anything your laptop can do. Almost. Or at least what your netbook can do.
Given the relatively small footprint occupied by UMPCs and MIDs, Nokia may be better off capitalizing on the netbook market with a high-quality offering, not unlike the Sony VAIO P. Devices like the E90 Communicator and N810 aren’t exactly cheap, but they have definitely carved out their respective niches.