Report: Atom-based Nokia netbook could launch next quarter

The collaboration Intel and Nokia announced yesterday may bear fruit sooner than we thought. IntoMobile quotes a purported Bloomberg report that says we might see a Nokia-branded netbook debut as soon as next quarter.

Here's an excerpt from the post:

June 24 (Bloomberg) — Nokia Oyj ordered netbook computers from Quanta Computer Inc. and Compal Electronics Inc., the Commercial Times reported, without saying where it got the information.

The Quanta netbook will use Intel Corp.'s Atom chip and will go on sale in the third quarter at the earliest, the Taipei-based, Chinese-language newspaper said.

The Compal system will reportedly not be Atom-based. Rather, it will use Qualcomm's ARM-based Snapdragon platform.

Although this report sounds plausible, it partially contradicts what Intel and Nokia said yesterday—that they were working on devices that transcended current categories like smart phones, mobile Internet devices, and netbooks. Of course, it's also entirely possible the source is referring to such a transcendent device as a netbook. We'll see.

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