Best Buy said today that it will be the exclsive U.S. provider of Nokia’s first netbook. This retailer didn’t reveal what it plans to charge for the Booklet 3G, but an uncofirmed report revealed the price.
Nokia unveiled this small and light laptop a few weeks ago, but has yet to release it. The debut is waiting on the introduction of its new operating system, Microsoft Windows 7. This is scheduled for later this month.
Netbooks are typically inexpensive, but not the Booklet 3G. Best Buy will reportedly charge $600 for it, while it will sell for €575. This device has cellular-wireless networking built in, and there was hope its price would be lowered by a wireless carrier, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen in the U.S.
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. 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.
Nokia is promising that this netbook will be good for up to 12 hours of use on a single charge.