Let’s see here. We’ve already heard rumors about Nokia working on the Google Android platform in some shape or form. We’ve also heard about Nokia’s new partnership with Intel to develop some family of next-generation devices. These two things may be coming together for some convergence, because we’re hearing about an Android-powered netbook from Nokia in the near future.
As we understand it, the Nokia netbook will be quite a step above the Nokia E90 Messenger (pictured here) and it won’t be the quite the same thing as the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet. Instead, it seems like it could be more like a traditional netbook only running on Google Android as the OS of choice.
While an Intel-powered Nokia netbook is still very much a distinct possibility, Daniel Amir of Lazard Capital Markets has a different take on the matter. In their conversations with ODMs, they “confirmed that Nokia is planning to enter the netbook market with a Google Android, ARM-based netbook that would be sold at carriers.”
The good news is that we could be seeing a subsidized Nokia netbook through someone like AT&T or Verizon. The bad news, for Intel, is that Nokia may take the route of ARM for this particular family of devices.