AT&T has just announced that it will offer the Booklet 3G — Nokia’s first notebook computer — at a subsidized price… as long as it’s purchased along with a two-year contract.
This small and light device is being called a “premium” netbook, and will carry a price tag above most of its competitors. However, the AT&T subsidy will bring the price down to $300.
The Booklet 3G will be sold through Best Buy stores, with the launch coming in mid-November. This retailer will start taking pre-orders on October 22.
It is going to have a 10.1-inch display with a 1280-by 720-pixel resolution.
The Booklet 3G will run either Windows 7 Starter Edition, Home Premium, or Professional on a 1.6 GHz Atom processor (no fan required). It will have 1 GB of RAM and a 120 GB hard drive.
Given its name, it’s no surprise that the Booklet 3G will offer mobile broadband, and there will be versions for both N. America and the rest of the world. This will also include voice service.
All versions will have Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.
Naturally, this device is going to come with a full suite of Nokia’s desktop software: Ovi Suite 2.0, Nokia Music for PC, Ovi Maps, Social Hub, and Nokia software updater. This company clearly intends for this device to be a companion for Nokia smartphone, not a replacement.
The Booklet 3G will be well supplied with ports, including an HDMI 1.2 port for HD video out.
It will also sport a 1.3 MPx front facing camera with integrated microphone for video conferencing.
In addition, it is also going to have three USB 2.0 ports, a headphones jack, a SIM slot, and a built-in SD card reader. This device will even have an accelerometer and GPS receiver.
Nokia is promising that this netbook will be good for up to 12 hours of use on a single charge.