While most of us were speculating and anxiously anticipating the arrival of the Apple touchscreen netbook, Nokia caught everybody by surprise when they released the Nokia Booklet 3G mini laptop yesterday. It was so unexpected that popular tech blog Engadget even calls the release the “stunner of the century”.
So why did Nokia come up with the Booklet 3G and decide to enter the netbook/umpc market? Here’s what Nokia’s Executive Vice President for Devices, Kai Oistamo has to say:
“A growing number of people want the computing power of a PC with the full benefits of mobility. We are in the business of connecting people and the Nokia Booklet 3G is a natural evolution for us. 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. In doing so we will make the personal computer more social, more helpful and more personal.”
Check out the fancy promotional video for the Nokia Booklet 3G below:
If the promo video got you on the edge of your seats and the photos made you excited, wait til you hear what’s under the hood of this landmark product from Nokia. The Nokia Booklet 3G comes with a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 120 GB HDD, integrated wireless 3G, a swappable SIM card, A-GPS with Ovi maps, Bluetooth and WiFi. Other features are an aluminum body weighing 2.7lbs, a height of 2cm (.78 inch), built-in camera, a 10.1″ HD display and a HDMI port for HD video out. It will be a Windows-based machine and get this, the Nokia Booklet 3G boasts a 12-hour battery life!
There’s no information regarding the shipping date and the suggested retail price for the Nokia Booklet 3G yet, but expect that information and more details about this new device during the Nokia World 09 event happening next week, September 2nd in Stuttgart, Germany.
So what do you think of Nokia’s latest product, the Booklet 3G? Does it have all the features that you’re looking for in a netbook/umpc? Rumors have it that it’ll be sold for $799, do you think that its features justify that price or should it be cheaper?