Nokia World is underway and the Finnish handset giant has unveiled the Booklet 3G netbook in all its glory. The Booklet 3G will be available in three colors, black, white and blue. It is a svelte 0.78 inch thick and has a fanless design. Heat dissipation is likely the reason Nokia went with a metal casing, as that has been proven to provide better heat control in thin notebooks.
The component list is interesting but typical for a netbook:
- Intel Atom Z530 1.6 GHz
- 120 GB HDD, 1.8-inch, 4,200 RPM
- 1 GB DDR2 RAM
- 10.1-inch display, 1280×720
- Bluetooth 2.1
- Assisted GPS
- USB 2.0
- SD card reader
- Webcam 1.3 MP
- SIM card slot (hot swappable)
Nokia is stating that the 12 hours of battery life they are claiming is due to a 16-cell battery that is removable. This is definitely new for the netbook genre, and it smacks of the special battery technology that Apple uses in the MacBook Pro line. Apple’s batteries are of the fixed variety so it’s not clear how Nokia is putting such a big battery in the Booklet 3G.
Nokia is expecting the Booklet 3G to be heavily subsidized by phone carriers globally. They’d better hope that will be the case as the €570 ($810) price is very high for the netbook space.