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Nokia's next-gen Linux-based net tablet to incorporate HSDPA

'Maemo 5' to support accelerated 3D too

Nokia has let slip some of the key features of its next internet tablet, the successor to the N810, reviewed here. Top of the list: integrated HSDPA 3G support.

To date, none of the Nokia's Linux-based tablets - the 770, N800 and N810 - have incorporated cellularl connectivity. Like Apple's iPod Touch, they've been intended to connect to the internet primarily over a Wi-Fi link. The Nokias also have Bluetooth to allow the to link up to a net-connected mobile phone.

Nokia's next tablet, apparently codenamed 'Maemo 5' - Maemo is the tablet's Linux platform - will again support 802.11, though Nokia didn't mention which variety, suggesting it might be an 802.11n device. It also has Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and USB 2.0, just like its predecessor.

Nokia's information, presented at a Maemo-specific event this past weekend, also included reference to Texas Instruments' OMAP 3 processor and support for 3D graphics acceleration through the OpenGL-ES 2.0 API.

TI's OMAP 3515 and 3530 processors integrate PowerVR graphics cores.

Given the table's codename, you won't be surprised to learn that the machine will run the fifth generation of Maemo - to be released as OS2009, presumably.

Nokia released the N810 in November 2007 - is the Finnish phone giant gearing up to the release the successor product a year on from that?

Nokia N810 internet tablet review

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