Nokia unveils phone-free net screen

Nokia appears to have invented a new product category, the ‘internet tablet’, in order to explain its latest release, the 770.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  May 29, 2005

Nokia appears to have invented a new product category, the ‘internet tablet’, in order to explain its latest release, the 770. The firm’s '770 Internet Tablet’ was launched this week at the LinuxWorld Summit in New York, the reason being it runs Nokia’s Linux-based ‘Internet Tablet 2005’ software. This makes use of widely deployed desktop Linux and open-source technologies. The 770 is effectively a 800 x 480 pixel, wide-screen tablet device that offers simple broadband access to the web over WiFi, and can also be used to store and play relatively limited numbers of media files. It’s therefore useful for listening to MP3s and possibly other MPEG-based movie files – however the on-board storage space for such data is just 64MB of RAM. A reduced size multimedia card slot (RS MMC) is included to help users bolster this amount. The internet tablet can, of course, also be used to browse sites and catch up on your e-mail, providing that is you’re located in a WiFi-enabled zone (a public internet hotspot say, or within range of a wireless LAN running a routed internet connection). Most surprisingly for a Nokia release, the 770 doesn’t offer phone functionality of any kind. The product information listed on Nokia.com suggests the 770 will only be initially available online, however Nokia’s regional PR staff suggested to WINDOWS that the product should make it onto the market in this region in time for Gitex 2005 (late September).

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