Nokia eyes new-format mobiles


Nokia and Intel have struck an agreement to develop a new range of mobile computers, comparable to smartphones in size and laptop computers in terms of performance.

The device range will pack computer power and functionality with always-on wireless connectivity into diminutive form factors.

The pair said in an announcement they will “define a new mobile platform beyond today’s smartphones, notebooks and netbooks, enabling the development of a variety of innovative hardware, software and mobile internet services”.

The Intel and Nokia effort includes collaboration in several open source mobile Linux software projects. Intel will also acquire a Nokia HSPA/3G modem IP licence for use in future products.
Nokia executive vice president of devices Kai Öistämö said: “We will explore new ideas in designs, materials and displays that will go far beyond devices and services on the market today. This collaboration will be compelling not only for our companies, but also for our industries, our partners and, of course, for consumers.”
Intel ultra mobility group senior vice president and general manager Anand Chandrasekher said: “This will ultimately deliver open and standards-based technologies, which history shows drive rapid innovation, adoption and consumer choice. With the convergence of the internet and mobility as the team’s only barrier, I can only imagine the innovation that will come out of our unique relationship with Nokia. The possibilities are endless.”
Ovum device analyst Adam leach commented: “The real opportunity here is for Nokia and Intel to combine their efforts and back a single Linux-based platform for mobile devices. This could provide device vendors with a credible open alternative to existing smartphone and netbook platforms.

“To date, Intel has focused on Wi-Fi and Wi-Max radio technologies. The announcement gives Intel the capability to produce 3G capable chipsets that will make its products more relevant the wider mobile market. It may also be the first sign that Intel is prepared to work with alternative 4G technology in addition to WiMax.

“For Nokia this announcement also makes sure that it can compete on equal terms with PC and notebook vendors entering the mobile market with Atom-based mobile internet devices and netbooks.”