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Nokia, a tablet with Arm CPU and MeeGo operating system to challenge iPad

Nokia could shortly propose a tablet of its own: recurring indiscretions for some time are now corroborated by an analyst of Digitimes Research which states that the device will use MeeGo, the operating system for mobile devices of Intel but as processor exploits, instead, an ARM and not the Atom Z600 that Intel would have preferred to have seen the partnership between the two companies (MeeGoo resulting from the merger between Nokia's Maemo and Intel's Moblin).

Nokia would have prepared a sample of 100 pieces and these are already ready to be tested. The size of the LCD panel would vary from 7 "to 9" and the construction would be entrusted to the usual Foxconn Electronics.

No other details are known but it is probable that the device will be equipped with a 3G connection and that Nokia will agree with the various carriers for distribution. The Finnish company is not the first time trying to enter the tablet market: the now abandoned N810 was a tablet-pc with a touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard and Linux operating system. Despite the presence of interesting elements such as an integrated GPS module, USB connectivity, WiFi, the model has not achieved great success.

Nokia will also have to incentivize developers to create applications for MeeGo, a platform with a very low number of applications compared to the more than 10,000 titles already available for iPad. Linux-based MeeGo offers support for various hardware architectures, from pocket computers, netbooks, tablets, mediaphones, network televisions and car-infotaiment systems.

(By Mauro Notarianni)