Nokia has announced today via a press release that the company will bring a Windows powered netbook to the market, called the Nokia Booklet 3G. Good friend Rafe Blandford from All About Symbian -a true Nokia and Symbian expert- has covered this announcement in a highly recommended article to read: “Nokia Booklet 3G – netbook with a Nokia twist“
My first thoughts went back to the Palm Foleo, because Palm was the first “mobile device manufacturer” to build a mobile companion for on the go (although the Foleo was never released). Therefore I was a little surprised to see the Nokia announcement today, but Kai Oistamo, Nokia’s Executive Vice President for Devices describes it:
“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.”
While this clarifies the background on the announcement a little let’s have a look at the compiled specification list by Rafe Blandford from All About Symbian below.
Specifications of Nokia Booklet 3G
- Intel Atom Chipset (Z530 running at 1.6 Ghz). No fan, which means near silent running;
- 120 GB hard disk;
- 3G / HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, plus integrated Bluetooth for local wireless communication;
- 12 hour battery life;
- 19.9 mm thick x 264 mm width x 185 mm depth;
- 10.1 inch glass HD ready display;
- Front facing video camera mounted, on top of the screen, for video calling;
- 1 x HDMI port (for HD video out), 1 x integarted SD card reader, 3 x USB ports, 1 x audio port;
- Integrated A-GPS;
- Stereo speakers mounted on the front right and left corners;
At first I’m really impressed with the proposed battery life of 12 hours (!!), which is almost four times the battery life of the reviewed and benchmarked HP Mini 1000. This reminds me of the good old times when I used the Nokia 6210 and Nokia 6310 phones also having exceptional batterylife.
The design is very sleek and clean and at first sight it gives me a kind of Apple Macbook appeal. Remarkable is the positioning of the speakers on the left and right sides of the Nokia Nooklet 3G. Further specifications make the Nokia Booklet 3G a complete device for the Mobile professional.
But also on the software side Nokia is bringing innovation to the market with the Nokia Booklet 3G:
“The Nokia Booklet 3G also brings a number of other rich Ovi experiences to life, whether its access and playback of millions of tracks through the Nokia Music Store, or using Ovi Suite to sync seamlessly from your Nokia smartphone, to your mini-laptop, to the cloud.”
Thoughts and wrap-up
A few weeks ago I covered the announcement of the Microsoft -Nokia-alliance in the article: “Microsoft and Nokia form Global Alliance for Mobile Productivity Solutions“. Ewan Spence from All About Symbian has written an interesting article: ”The Nokia Booklet 3G and the Symbian Ecosystem“
“And that’s what this has to do with Symbian. By creating an eco-system in Ovi, Nokia have moved the smartphone from an accessory that has to be worked on to keep in sync with your life, to making it a full partner with your data. I really can’t see how this is anything but a positive for Symbian going forward. One of the advantages that the iPhone has is the tight integration with iTunes and, to a certain extent, the Mac desktop and iLife suite. I think that Nokia are doing exactly the same thing here with Symbian OS and Windows 7, except they launched their phones before going down the laptop route!”
This reasoning is similar to the adopted three-screen-strategy from Microsoft. Furthermore most striking fact to me personal is that the Nokia Booklet 3G will probably be powered by Microsoft Windows 7, where you might expect a Maemo operating system on the Nokia Booklet 3G.
“Further information, including detailed specifications, market availability and pricing, will be announced at Nokia World on 2nd September 2009.”
However the rumored information available on the internet and Twitter position the Nokia Booklet 3G somewhere in the pricerange from E400,- to E600,-. What do you think of this move from Nokia, and do you like the product design or not ?