Nokia has announced that its upcoming netbook, the Booklet 3G, will make its U.S. debut in November. AT&T and Best Buy will serve as the Finnish mobile phone giant’s launch partners. The netbook will be available for $299 with a two-year AT&T service contract.
Nokia last week confirmed plans to release a netbook under the 'Nokia Booklet 3G' moniker, but other than a claimed 12-hour battery life, the handset-maker has kept tight-lipped about what's inside its first netbook. Until now.
Under the hood, the Booklet 3G will sport an Intel Atom Z350 processor (1.6GHz), 1GB of DDR2-533 memory soldered to the motherboard, and a 120GB hard drive with 8MB of cache. Other goodies include 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G/HSPA with hot swappable sim card, an HDMI port, 1.3MP webcam, and a 16 cell battery.
On the software front, Nokia's netbook will be built around Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 OS and come pre-loaded with a couple of trialware apps, including MS Office Small Business and F-Secure Internet Security 2010.
Asustek may have put its plans to develop an Android-based smartbook on the back burner but that is unlikely to deter other companies from dabbling in smartbooks. According to Digitimes, Taiwan’s leading technology rumormonger, Nokia is said to be working on an ARM-based smartbook. The news comes from Digitimes’ sources at Taiwanese handset makers.
Rumored no more, Nokia today finally confirmed plans to release a netbook, or a mini-laptop if you'd prefer to call it that. As for Nokia, it's calling the portable PC the Nokia Booklet 3G.
The Booklet 3G weighs less than 3 pounds (1.25kg) and measures just over 2cm. It boasts a 10-inch glass HD ready display, an Intel Atom processor, built-in A-GPS (works with Ovi Maps), WiFi, an HDMI port, and an SD card reader. But the biggest spec might be the claimed 12 hour battery.
"Nokia has a long and rich heritage in mobility and with the outstanding battery life, premium design, and all day, always on connectivity, we will create something quite compelling," Nokia wrote in a press release. "In doing so, we will make the personal computer more social, more helpful, and more personal."
Nokia said it will unveil other details, including detailed specifications, availability, and price at Nokia World on September 2, 2009.