As lame as the Booklet move may be, it marks the beginning of a much broader tablet and touchscreen device strategy for Nokia, says MKM Partners analyst Tero Kuittinen. "Nokia is likely going to utilize Windows in the 10-inch screen Booklets and Maemo in the smaller devices with 4-6 inch screens," Kuittinen says.
Maemo is Nokia's Linux-based operating software aimed at low-power, always-on devices like tablets and smartphones. Late this year, Nokia is expected to introduce the first of its new touchscreen smartphones. The 4.2-inch device is expected to have a skinny, "hidden slide-out keyboard" aimed at the popular Apple iPhone and Research In Motion ( RIMM) BlackBerry. Nokia hopes the booklet opens a new chapter in its fight to stay at the top of the mobile phone bestseller list. -- Written by Scott Moritz in New York.