Do you really think Nokia is going to enter the laptop business?

I am sorry the posts here have been light this week, but I had some major work to do at my normal day job (it pays the bills, right?) and some cool reviews to work on for my ZDNet blogs (you may want to check out my Kindle 2 thoughts), but should be back to my normal production here again with lots of software reviews coming soon. Anyways, I wanted to post some of my thoughts on the statement OPK made about Nokia considering a laptop device in the future.
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Olli-Pekka Kallasuvuo mentioned in a recent interview that Nokia was “actively looking” at the laptop market as the cellphone and mobile PC markets get closer and closer to convergence. It is a bit funny to hear people then write and report that Nokia will be releasing a netbook in the future. OPK said they were actively looking at this market, which every major mobile company probably is and should be so I don’t think we can jump to the immediate conclusion that they WILL definitely do it. Actually, Nokia was the world’s largest computer maker in 2008 so it isn’t that much of a stretch to hear them considering larger form factor devices.

Netbooks were HOT in 2008 and are still doing very well as every major laptop manufacturer has an ultra-portable laptop now available. One aspect of these netbooks that make them more compelling and useful for people today (I have a MSI Wind myself) is that they are great “cloud computing” devices. As Nokia spends more and more time and energy on providing services to phone users, these services can easily be taken to a small computer form factor as well.

Nokia has the N800 and N810 Internet Tablets that run on a Linux OS and this could probably be taken up to a larger netbook device. However, I think it would only work if more of the Nokia Ovi services were working with this Linux disto. I enjoy using the Nokia Internet Tablets, but am not impressed with their slow performance.

Nokia has the Communicator line of devices that are like small netbooks, but these never really seemed to take off with those outside the enterprise market. They were also quite pricey and I am not sure Nokia can produce a netbook device down in the US$300 to $400 range, given that their Nseries and Eseries phones already start in this price range.

Do you really think Nokia will get into the netbook business? Personally, I want them to stay focused on making outstanding phones and providing better services.

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11 Comments to Do you really think Nokia is going to enter the laptop business?

brian
February 27, 2009

I hope so and maybe they will be cheaper than there phones, or maybe they are making a dock to go inside the netbook or laptop that would be great.

Captainmicahp
February 27, 2009

I couldn’t agree more. Often times people rush to post a sensational story based on a throw away line some CEO says, without ever thinking what it really means.

It seems really unlikely that Nokia will make a laptop in the traditional sense. More likely, Nokia will try and incorporate laptop like elements, or maybe some of the manufacturing techniques that make netbooks so cheap into their handsets

Todd Ogasawara
February 27, 2009

I’m somewhat skeptical of Nokia entering the netbook/notebook business myself. But, I can see them retooling their N800 net tablet series like you suggest.

dan
February 27, 2009

Ive been waiting for them to do an N810 with hsdpa.. i hope thats what we get.

Robert
February 27, 2009

The E90 810 space is beginning to overlap the notebook space. Nokia NEEDS to consider the notbook business when the high end phones become notebook replacements.

My E90 is essentially a notebook replacement for me. I wouldn’t want to carry a notebook I couldn’t pocket.

Bas Heetebrij
February 28, 2009

Eventually it is all about differentiation and playing nicely with others. If they are going to manufacture laptops, they should foxus on Ovi services integration, great out of the box integration with Nokia handsets, while at the same time still playing nicely with all handsets.

If they don’t do that, I don’t see the point of bringin out a laptop, except for creating a different revenue stream.

Marius
March 1, 2009

It`s good to have some competition

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Salman Khan
March 5, 2009

I think OPK points to a direction that Nokia might market S60 as its premier OS against MS Windows. That might make inroads to notebook business.

After some year down the road we might see S60 supporting ethernet, vga output and other standards that other OS and notebooks OEM support

I heard some arrangements had already been made to provide symbian a substaintial budget for R&D


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