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[qi:gigaom_icon_netbook] Nokia plans to launch an ARM-based netbook that relies on the Google-pioneered Android mobile operating system in 2010, writes Lazard Capital Markets analyst Daniel Amir in a research note issued this morning. In the same note, he predicts that the total number of netbooks sold […]

[qi:gigaom_icon_netbook] Nokia plans to launch an ARM-based netbook that relies on the Google-pioneered Android mobile operating system in 2010, writes Lazard Capital Markets analyst Daniel Amir in a research note issued this morning. In the same note, he predicts that the total number of netbooks sold worldwide will reach 25 million in 2009 vs. 10 million in 2008, with the majority of them being Intel-based machines running Windows.

Amir said he expects the Nokia notebook to be sold through carriers, which fits with Nokia’s distribution system for mobile phones. From the note:

“In our conversations with ODMs, we have confirmed that Nokia is planning to enter the netbook market with a Google Android, ARM-based netbook that would be sold at carriers. Considering this market is dominated by the PC players, we believe Nokia could face an uphill battle to succeed in this market.”

The market is dominated by PC players, but Nokia has teamed up with Intel, which means that if an ARM-based netbook fails, it has an alternative design in the works. Also its decision to sell through the carriers will help Nokia reach an audience that may be looking for the characteristics of a larger smartphone rather than a smaller PC. Most netbook buyers (60 percent) use their netbooks inside the home as a cheap PC, according to a recent survey published by NPD. However, folks looking for a larger smartphone may accept the netbook compromises in exchange for instant-on, all-day access to the web without having to charge a battery. So a NokARMoid device may sell, despite having a terrible-sounding mash-up of names. Readers, any better ideas?

  1. I still like “Smartbook” it has a nice ring to it.

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  2. Too bad that Nokia preferes Android having Meamo in hand. With Intel I though Nokia will enter in Netbook with Moblin.

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  3. [...] tidbit has me scratching my head. Stacey Higginbotham shares news that Nokia is planning to offer an ARM-powered netbook next year, according to an analyst research note published today. That’s not all that surprising to me, [...]

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  4. I can’t see this being a conventional netbook as in a smaller notebook. I think it will be a tablet type device along the lines of the rumoured Apple iPad/iTable/iMessiah.

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  5. I don’t think that Nokia would go Android, given Nokia’s Maemo and Intel’s Moblin. Perhaps they will combine Maemo and Moblin, but Android is highly unlikely.

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  6. [...] is planning to enter the netbook market,” wrote Lazard Capital Markets analyst Daniel Amir in a research note published Friday [...]

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  7. [...] keep our eyes on this developing story. And all Android Netbook developing stories, really. [Via GigaOM] All, [...]

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