The world’s top cell-phone maker, Nokia, says it will start to make laptops, entering a fiercely competitive, but fast-growing market, Reuters reports. Its first netbook, the Nokia Booklet 3G, will use Microsoft’s Windows software and Intel’s Atom processor, offering up to 12 hours of battery life and weighing 1.25 kilograms. Netbooks are low-cost laptops optimized for surfing the internet and performing other basic applications. Research firm IDC expects netbook shipments this year to grow more than 127 percent from 2008 to over 26 million units, outperforming the overall PC market that is expected to remain flat and a phone market which is shrinking some 10 percent. "Nokia will be hoping that its brand and knowledge of cellular channels will play to its strengths as it addresses this crowded, cut-throat segment," said Ben Wood, director of research at CCS Insight. Nokia said it would unveil detailed specifications, market availability, and pricing of the device on Sept 2…

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