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Nokia Linux-based web tablet on sale at last

Wireless browsing, yes. Telephony, no.

Nokia has begun shipping its Linux-based Nokia 770, the so-called "Internet tablet", according to the Finnish giant's direct-sales website.

It's a little late. When it was launched last May, the 770 was scheduled to ship in Q3.

The device lacks the usual Nokia mobile phone technology, relying instead on Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) and Bluetooth to connect it to a broadband connectivity host. The 770 is pitched at consumers who want to access the Internet for emailing and web browsing anywhere in their home.

The unit sports a 4in, 800 x 480, 65,536-colour touch-screen, and contains 64MB of DDR RAM and 128MB of Flash storage of which at least 64MB is available to the user. There's an RS-MMS slot for extra memory, and Nokia is bundling a 64MB card. The machine contains an ARM-compatible Texas Instruments OMAP 1710 CPU.

The 770's application suite includes a web browser, email client, Internet radio, news reader, PDF viewer and a variety of utilities. The browser supports a wide range of media types.

The 770 measures 14.1 x 7.9 x 1.9cm and weighs 230g. There's a 1500mAh rechargeable battery on board which Nokia claims can deliver three hours' browsing time and run for up to seven days in standby mode.

The tablet is Nokia's first Linux handheld. It's founded on a Linux development platform called Maemo, created specifically for the 770 and its successors from the ARM port of GNU Linux Debian 2.6.

On sale now in a number of European states, including the UK, the 770 costs £245/€360 ®

Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

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