January 8, 2007 8:24 AM PST

Nokia upgrades PC tablet with Skype download

Nokia has updated its popular Internet tablet PC with a range of improvements, including the ability to make Skype calls.

Skype's software can be downloaded to the new tablet, allowing users to make voice over Internet Protocol calls from the device when they are within reach of a Wi-Fi hotspot. The tablet's 802.11b/g radio auto-connects to Wi-Fi hotspots, meaning users can use make free Internet calls and avoid paying standard mobile phone fees.

Nokia N800, N76

The new version of the tablet, which will be released this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is called the N800 Internet Tablet.

It offers a substantial performance boost over the previous model, the N770. RAM is increased to 128MB and the processor works at 320MHz, up from 220MHz. The N800 also features a QWERTY keyboard and Opera browser.

But it will not be cheap. Nokia is planning a retail price of about $520, excluding local taxes. Battery life should be around 3.5 hours.

The Linux-based tablet also boasts support for instant messaging, PDF documents, MP3 and Mpeg4, and contains two hot-swappable memory card slots, compatible with secure digital flash memory cards and multimedia flash memory cards.

Richard Thurston of ZDNet UK reported from London.

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a good price
Your information is incorrect. Nokia is quoting a price of $399.99 <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.nokiausa.com/internettablet" target="_newWindow">http://www.nokiausa.com/internettablet</a> Your own site CNET UK say:

"Nokia is planning a retail price of ?399 plus local taxes, or around £315 in the UK"
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already available for 399EUR
It is already available for 399EUR + shipping in Spain, not sure thou if I need to 'upgrade'. I?m a bit disappointed Nokia 770, in the default installation web browser can not filter out ads from web pages, and it can not display those pages with the ads either ? not enough processor resource. Pdf reader is still awkward to use and again, rendering images in pdf documents takes forever making the document unreadable, so my 770 is laying around unused?
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