Nokia to join the netbook fray with the Booklet 3G
By Darren Quick
August 24, 2009
They’re known as netbooks, ultraportables, subnotebooks, mini-laptops or even kneetop computers in some circles. Now consumers have yet another moniker to contend with as Nokia announces its upcoming Nokia Booklet 3G. Featuring a glass 10.1-inch HD display and Intel Atom processor, the Booklet 3G is a Windows-based unit that promises the performance of a full-function PC alongside a rated 12-hour battery life.
Coming from the market-leader in mobile phones, the Booklet 3G has, naturally, been designed with mobile connectivity in mind. As its name suggests, it is 3G/HSPA ready for high-speed mobile broadband access with a hot-swappable SIM card, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and integrated assisted-GPS (complete with a copy of Ovi Maps). Other features include an HDMI port for HD video out, front facing camera for video calling, SD card reader and seamless sync with Nokia smartphones through the use of Nokia’s Ovi Suite.
The Booket 3G is also easy on the eye with echoes of Apple’s Macbook line thanks to its aluminum body, which measures just more than 2cm (0.78 inches) thick and weighs 1.25kg (2.75lb), and an island keyboard.