Nokia May Be Considering a New Line of Handhelds

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Nokia is best known for making mobile phones. However, in the last few years it has been branching out into new types of devices, though these also include mobile phone functionality. An example of this is the N-Gage, a portable game player with wireless voice and data capabilities.

According to The Inquirer, a source at Nokia told The Business that his company is contemplating releasing a new line of PDAs. Supposedly, these will run the Symbian OS with Nokia’s Series 60 providing the user interface.

Series 60 is widely used in smartphones, but it has never been used in any other type of device. Partially this is because its screen resolution is limited to 176 by 208 pixels. However, Nokia recently announced Series 60 Second Edition, which adds support for 208 by 208 pixels, 240 by 320 pixels (QVGA), and 352 by 416 pixels in both portrait and landscape orientations. This makes this user interface much more appropriate for a wireless handheld.

If Nokia really is intending to put out a line of PDAs, these will have to have built-in keyboards, as even the latest version of Series 60 doesn’t support touch screens.

This company already makes the Communicator line, which is made up of cellular-wireless handhelds with built-in keyboards. These run the Symbian OS with Nokia’s Series 80 interface, and have 640-by-200-pixel screens.

It is not clear exactly how Nokia’s future handhelds will be different from the Communicator models, aside from using Series 60 instead of Series 80. However, the source at Nokia told The Business that one design being considered is for a ruggedized sub-notebook.

Thanks to engadget for the tip.

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