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Nokia Laptops Likely Confirms CEO

There are many things we tend to see coming. Then there's this...

Nokia is considering entering the laptop business. I'll say that once more: Nokia is considering entering the laptop business. This surprising news was communicated by Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo late yesterday when speaking to Finnish national broadcaster YLE.

"We are looking very actively also at this opportunity {a laptop offering}," Kallasvuo (pictured) confirmed. "We don't have to look even for five years from now to see that what we know as a mobile phone and what we know as a PC are in many ways converging. Today we have hundreds of millions of people who are having their first Internet experience on the phone. This is a good indication."

To an extent Kallasvuo has a point. With the likes of Acer recently launching its first branded smartphones via its purchase of E-TEN back in 2008 and Michael Dell continually discussing the idea of a Dell smartphone there is an increasing cross over between the two segments. Of course HTC was technically the first company to make the move with its Shift UMPC but it wasn't a great success.

Furthermore, I'd suggest Acer and Dell have more to gain from moving into this growing and more lucrative smartphone market (thanks to its considerably faster turnover of devices) than Nokia does getting involved in the low margin, mass box shifting of the laptop industry.

One exception could be the netbook market where the likes of Motorola, Nokia, HTC and (inevitably) Apple can already join Samsung and get involved with subsidising HSDPA embedded models to telcos where they already have established relationships.

Laptops in general however - I'm not sure it's wise...

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via Reuters

ThaDon

February 27, 2009, 1:01 am

Well, are they really that silly?





I think it depends on what exactly how they plan to attack the market. If they plan on being an also-ran (standard kit thats nokia-branded, a few proprietary features and WinDoze OS) then there won't be much in it for them.





But, and here's the BIG but! What if they are planning on leveraging their considerable OS-development skills along with proprietary hardware to become a direct competitor to Apple?





They could seriously challenge Apple with an OS that is more mobility-centric (provided they can somehow come up with something that is as useful and tasty as OSX/OSX-iPhone)





It IS just a thought.. I know i would certainly give it a good go if i had Nokia's billions ;)

Gordon394

February 27, 2009, 7:26 am

@ThaDon - maybe, but I'd suggest Nokia's Symbian UI is already a long way behind that of mobile OS X, Web OS and Android so it's quite the assumption to suggest they can leap ahead of established rivals in a new category when - despite all its billions - it is a long way behind in its preferred one...

ThaDon

February 27, 2009, 11:14 am

I'm thinking Nokia open-sourced key technology in order to accumulate/establish a developer community. This community would probably relish the chance to be in on the money if Nokia suddenly said "We-re going for Apple - please devv for laptop not mobile"..





The community would have much better hardware specs to work with, and Nokia would have the opportunity to work on producing a piece of hardware that can look the part.. Still not sold, Gord?

xbrumster

April 12, 2009, 12:36 am

When will Apple be considering such move..?

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