Those semiconductor semi-gossipers at DigiTimes
want you to know that Nokia's not stopping with the Booklet 3G
and in fact has an ARM-based smartbook set for mass consumption in the middle of 2010. According to its sources, Espoo's in the process of settling with ODMs now, and the speculation is that it'll go to either Compal
(a.k.a. Hon Hai Precision Industry). If all of this sounds familiar, that's because it is: we've heard multiple reports this year that suggested a smartbook / MID
with either a multicore ARM Cortex A9 Sparrow
chip or Qualcomm's Snapdragon
processor. We're not discounting it, especially considering that netbook bit panned out, but mid-2010 is quite a ways off -- no telling when we'll be hearing anything else on the matter.