Not much is known, as manufacturers are getting smarter and filing to have just about everything blocked from public view. What is known is that its made by Nokia, fits the pictured outline, and isn’t a phone.
We also know that it will have Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS all built in. Other than that we don’t know much else other than it did pass all its tests, so it should make it to market soon.
Do you ever wanted a Nokia N800 tablet but cant really afford it? Here is another alternative, the Nokia 770 Internet tablet. For only $129.99 today at woot.com, you can own one. The 770 are Linux-based Internet tablet featuring Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
On first, second and even third glance this portable device looks a whole lot like Nokia's N800 web-tablet. But it's not - it's actually a handheld GPS made by the Chinese company XIACHAO, running on Windows CE and with a design that's, shall we say, deeply inspired by the Finnish company's UMPC.
Nokia's N800 might be intended as your lazy-day web surfing companion, but there's been some controversy as to how well the tiny tablet can cope with such niceties of the modern online world as streaming video. Well, maybe the N800 has issues but it's good to see that the N95 smartphone certainly doesn't; in this clip, Steve Garfield has a good browse of YouTube and Rocketboom on the handset, proving that it's perfectly capable of mobile media.
As Steve points out, this is exciting not only for the potential to enjoy yourself on the bus (without getting told off by the driver) but as the first time that a single handset can "record a video, upload it via WiFi, then subscribe, download and watch."
As much as the kind, loving side of me (it's only a minor part, don't fret) is tempted to feel sorry for Oliver over at MobileCrunch, who was prevented by NDA from spilling all on the Nokia N800 prior to its official launch, the knowledge that he's been using it every day for the past month or so means I'm just not able to be sympathetic. Still, I'll happily link to his most excellent review.
Of interest both to those new to web-tablets and owners of Nokia's first attempt at the niche, the 770, Oliver gives a balanced view that makes obvious the time he's spent with the N800. And while I'm still jealous as hell, phrases like this do make me feel a little better:
"And hopefully, [when I'm testing the next N-Series device], Nokia won’t keep me gagged behind an NDA while someone that has a buddy at CompUSA gets the scoop on a device that hasn’t even been charged while I read that blog post from my hard used prototype"
Take some known innovators in the tech world, put them in a room with some felt-tip pens, paper and the command to mash up a few topical niches, and you might end up with the seven-strong group that today announced their intention to bring a Linux-based UMPC to the market in early 2009.
If you've been waiting for the low-down on Raon Digital's Everun before splashing out the cash on one of the dinky UMPCs yourself then look no further. UMPCPortal's Chippy has obviously been burning both ends of the candle putting together one of the most comprehensive ultra-portable reviews I've seen. No area of the Everun goes untouched, including the unique optical mouse, limitations and capabilities of the performance and potential applications.
Intel's Developers Forum will soon be starting in sunny Beijing, and the pen'n'finger pokers over at UMPC Portal have been doing what they do best and trawling through the pre-forum slides [pdf]to get the jump on any handheld tablet news. Sounds like their search has not been in vain, either; we've already seen the video and even a hands-on of some of the tech they'll likely be featuring, but if you're looking for harder evidence of the direction Intel are moving in then you won't be disappointed.