It’s no secret that Nokia plans to release an Internet Tablet with WiMax in 2008, but so far the company hasn’t said when this will happen. According to an unconfirmed report, this device will launch during the second quarter of this year.
While speaking with members of the development team, Reggie Suplido from Internet Tablet Talk says he got a sense that the WiMax-enhanced version from Nokia is coming during the April – June period.
This device will reportedly work with Sprint’s Xohm service, which is scheduled to debut in April in selected cities. This wide-area network should offer data-transfer speeds greater than what is available from current 3G networks.
This service is expected to be priced at around $40 per month, and will not subsidize end-user hardware, but will also not require customers to sign up for contracts to get service, and any compatible hardware will be eligible for service.
Sprint will offer pricing by the day or week, akin to many Wi-Fi hotspot providers.
Form Factor: Unknown
Although Nokia is willing to talk openly about some features of the upcoming WiMax-enabled Internet Tablet, it is keeping silent on most of them.
The company refuses to say anything about what form factor this device will use. How much bulk the WiMax radio will require will surely have an effect on this, but much is not yet known.
There are two Internet Tablets on the market now. One of these, the N810, has a sliding QWERTY keyboard, while the other, the N800, does not. Both include WVGA touchscreens and run a mobile version of the Linux operating system.
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Adama Brown contributed to this article.