Nokia today unveiled the ‘Booklet 3G‘ a ‘mini-laptop’ that packs a 10.1″ HD ready glass screen, an A-GPS, and a claimed 12 hours of battery life in a 2cm thick chassis that is made of a single piece of machined aluminum. The 1.2 kilogram netbook (yes, despite Nokia trying to avoid the term, that is what it is) also includes 3G/HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, an HDMI port for HD video out and will most likely run Windows 7 (from the images available).
Nokia has let the cat out of the bag, but are still holding onto some details that will be unveiled at Nokia World which is just a week away. With the Booklet 3G Nokia is also looking at delivering a superior Ovi experience out of the box, complete with a Ovi Maps widget that pin points your location within seconds and the other Ovi services such as Files, Music and Sync.
With Windows 7 getting rave reviews, I am glad Nokia had decided not to experiment with a new/parallel OS and decided to go with the market leader. This will mean that whoever buys the Booklet can rest assured that he will not have to wait for features or bug fixes which is usually the case with new builds.
The 12 hour battery life (hopefully closer to 10 hours at least in the real world), GPS and the aluminum build are the three things that I find the most inviting. The superior build quality and premium tag will hopefully mean that Nokia’s Booklet will not suffer from the cheap/plastic build quality that current netbooks are plagued by.
Currently Known Specs
- Intel Atom Chipset (Z530 running at 1.6 Ghz). No fan, which means near silent running.
- 120 GB hard disk
- 3G / HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, plus integrated Bluetooth for local wireless communication
- 12 hour battery life
- 19.9 mm thick x 264 mm width x 185 mm depth
- 10.1 inch glass HD ready display
- Front facing video camera mounted, on top of the screen, for video calling
- 1 x HDMI port (for HD video out), 1 x integarted SD card reader, 3 x USB ports, 1 x audio port
- Integrated A-GPS
- Stereo speakers mounted on the front right and left corners
Nokia World can’t come sooner!