Nokia unveiled its first netbook, the Booklet 3G, several weeks ago, but didn’t give many details on it at that time. This week it revealed all the specifications for this small and light Microsoft Windows 7 laptop.
A successful netbook needs to be small, and this one will be 10.4 inches by 7.3 inches by 0.8 inches (264 x 185 x 19.9 mm). It will weigh 2.75 pounds (1250 g).
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.
Nokia is promising that this netbook will be good for up to 12 hours of use on a single charge.
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. However, Nokia will give consumers the option to leave the modem out completely.
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.
Pricing & Availability
The Nokia Booklet 3G will start at $820 (€575), well above the typical price for a netbook — many of these light and low-cost devices sell for under $500.
While this price has caused many analysts to shake their heads, Nokia appears confident: it has reportedly ordered 100,000 units from the actual manufacturer, Compal, for delivery this year.
The Booklet 3G will launch in late October, along with the release of its operating system, Windows 7.
Nokia has put together a video showing off the Booklet 3G: