And from the looks of it, they’ve come up with one sleek and pretty machine.
Today the Finnish cellphone giant pre-announced the Nokia Booklet 3G netbook, which runs on an Intel Atom CPU and Windows OS, and promises an impressive 12 hours of battery life.
The specs of Booklet 3G, that Nokia choose to reveal today are:
- Atom CPU
- Windows OS
- 3G/HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity
- 10.1” HD ready display
- built-in A-GPS
- SD-card reader,
- HDMI port for HD video out
- Dimensions: 185x264x19.99 mm
- Weight: 1.125 kg
Nokia Booklet 3G also comes with integrated OVI services, which basically means pre-installed Nokia OVI suite 2.0 software, OVI maps gadget and bookmarked easy access to various OVI online services.
So, is Nokia now becoming a PC company too? Not really.
If the current trends continue, mobile operators will become one of the main sales channels for Netbooks. And, outside of the U.S., Nokia probably has the best distribution channels for such operator subsidized computing device. So this looks more like an opportunity for Nokia to make a quick buck on the latest netbook craze, and add a bit of anxiety to the PC makers, now encroaching on Nokia’s smartphone turf, as well.
Will it work?
Who knows? But there’s very little for Nokia to lose either way. If you paid attention to the official PR, except for integrated OVI software, there’s actually very little of Nokia in Booklet 3G. Strip out OVI suite, and it’s just another well designed, but not special Windows based Netbook.
No big R&D investment. All production and even most of design outsourced to Chinese ODMs. Even if Booklet 3G flops, it’s not a big deal for Nokia. On the other hand, Nokia has it’s toe in the netbook market, and can always expand on it if the market takes off.
More details about Nokia Booklet 3G will be revealed at the official launch during Nokia World 09 next week. I’ll be there to test it out and quiz Nokia guys about their future plans in this area, so be sure to check back.
Until then I leave you with this Nokia Booklet 3G video:
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