Nokia Netbooks may be jointly developed with Taiwanese partners
This week the rumors that Nokia will be moving into a netbook / compact mobile computer market started flying far and wide.
Well, we ourselves got something to do with it when we reported about the early prototype of Nokia’s Sparrow based mobile computer.
Then the company’s CEO confirmed that Nokia is eyeing the mobile computer market with great interest.
Now comes a third report, this time from Taiwan.
According to Digitimes, Nokia is talking with several Taiwan netbook makers and EMS companies about possible cooperation in producing netbooks under the Nokia brand.
And, contrary to Nokia’s traditional handset strategy, when only the actual manufacturing process is outsourced to OEMs, for netbooks Nokia is considering a joint design manufacturing (JDM) approach.
These talks seem to have little to do with the Sparrow-based Nokia computer and the netbooks could be launched earlier. Both Intel Atom and Qualcomm Snapdragon are under consideration for Nokia’s netbooks, but the final decision has not been made yet.
Possible Nokia partners in this venture are Compal and Foxconn.