Nokia MID and Nautilus. New Linux based mobile computers from Nokia

Yesterday we told you about 3 thin touchscreen devices that Nokia is planning to introduce later this year.

Well, today we have info about a couple of more high end touch devices coming up from Finnish vendor in late 2009-2010. And, most likely, they are not based on Symbian S60.

According to the Street.com one of them is what Nokia used to call Internet Tablet, will have a  4.2” touchscreen and “hidden slide-out keyboard. This Nokia MID is expected to ship  in Q4, before Christmas.

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This our mock-up of upcoming Nokia MID, not the real device

Another device, codenamed Nautilus,  has a very slim touchscreen design, but still sports slide-out QWERTY keyboard. A sensor is used to extend and withdraw keyboard, the keypad itself is ultrathin and features keys that rise up for easier typing. Nokia Nautilus is expected sometime in 2010.

These news correlate pretty well with what Eldar Murtazin from Mobile-review have been hinting for a few weeks on his blog and some podcasts:

  • Nokia is committing very serious resources to the development of it’s own new Linux platform (originating from Maemo but significantly rewritten and much more advanced). It will be launching the new type of mobile devices/computers/communicators based on it later this year.
  • These Linux based devices will  start the new Nokia high end product line, which will take place of the current N-Series. Nokia S60/Symbian devices will be moving from the top of the line to the mid tier/mass market segment of Nokia inventory.
  • The new Linux platform and devices most likely will be unveiled in late summer/early fall  at a big launch event in Germany.

Sounds like a very interesting second half of the year coming up.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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