Nokia sets scene for Nokia World


Nokia has made a raft of announcements ahead of its Nokia World event in Stuttgart, Germany next week, involving a new device and corporate structural changes.

Following the announcement of the Booklet sub-notebook computing device this week, which Nokia has confirmed will run on Windows, the company has also announced the Nokia N900 internet tablet, which claims to deliver a “PC-like experience on a handset-sized device”.

The N900 will run on the open source Linux-based Maemo 5 software. Nokia said previous internet tablets had run on Maemo operating systems while its smartphones would remain focussed towards Symbian.

The 3G device features an ARM Cortex-A8 processor and 1GB of application memory which means many applications can run simultaneously. It features a high-resolution WVGA touch screen and both HSPA and WLAN internet connectivity. The Mozilla web browser claims to make websites look the way they would on any computer, while Maemo software updates happen automatically over the internet.

It also contains a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and the Nokia Messaging service mobilises up to 10 personal email accounts. It has 32GB of storage, which is expandable up to 48GB via a microSD card, as well as a five megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics.

The Nokia N900 will be rolled out from October with an estimated retail price of €500 (£440.79) excluding sales taxes and subsidies.

Nokia executive vice president for markets Anssi Vanjoki said: “With Linux software, Mozilla-based browser technology and now also with cellular connectivity, the Nokia N900 delivers a powerful mobile experience. The Nokia N900 shows where we are going with Maemo and we’ll continue to work with the community to push the software forward. 

“What we have with Maemo is something that is fusing the power of the computer, the internet and the mobile phone, and it is great to see that it is evolving in exciting ways.”

IDC senior consumer mobile research analyst Jonathan Arber commented that Nokia’s strategy of deploying multiple platforms would allow it to address different markets.

“While we have seen continued growth in Symbian as a smartphone platform, Maemo enables Nokia to deliver new mobile computing experiences based on open-source technology that has strong ties with desktop platforms,” he said.

Meanwhile, the company has introduced a Solutions unit to further its strategy of becoming a mobile solutions provider which will begin operating from October 1.

Alberto Torres, currently head of Nokia’s devices category management has been appointed to head the new Solutions unit and becomes a member of the group executive board. Torres joined Nokia in 2004.

Prior to his current position as head of devices category management, he held a number of senior positions within corporate strategy and Vertu devices.

Nokia chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said: “We are now fine-tuning our operations to accelerate the pace of our company’s change and to increase the speed, flexibility and innovation with which we meet consumer needs. The new unit will better enable us to deliver not only first-class devices and compelling consumer services, but also complete solutions that integrate the two seamlessly.”

The Solutions unit will manage the creation and delivery of solutions across the company and align it with the company’s devices and services portfolio.

Also, Robert Andersson will leave the Nokia group executive board on September 30 to head the company’s corporate alliances and business development.

Andersson currently heads finance, strategy and strategic sourcing in Nokia’s Devices unit. His new role will include responsibility for company-wide strategic partnerships and alliances, including the recently announced cooperation with Microsoft to enable its software and services on Nokia devices.