Nokia sees corporate interest for netbook

HELSINKI Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:18am EST

Nokia's new netbook computer, the Booklet 3G, is seen at Nokia corporate headquarters in Helsinki August 24, 2009. REUTERS/Bob Strong

Nokia's new netbook computer, the Booklet 3G, is seen at Nokia corporate headquarters in Helsinki August 24, 2009.

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HELSINKI (Reuters) - Top cell phone maker Nokia has seen growing interest among companies for its first netbook or mini-laptop, a company executive said on Thursday.

"When we launched the Booklet 3G ... we thought it to be primarily a consumer device, but after the launch a big, growing interest is coming from companies," Heikki Norta, head of Nokia corporate strategy, told a seminar.

"No one knows yet if a booklet kind of device is the next device that will be used by millions, or hundreds of millions, of people, but right now it looks like, if not for mass market, there is clear demand," Norta added.

Nokia launched its mini-laptop in August, entering a fiercely competitive but fast-growing market, setting the price for the device at 575 euros ($861).

(Reporting by Eva Lamppu; Editing by David Holmes)

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