Nokia to launch its first ever laptop later this year
Gadget-lovers and the mass media around the world have been eagerly anticipating further details of a completely new product by Nokia, the Nokia Booklet 3G, which is due to be launched later this year.
Nokia have now released detailed specifications of their first ever laptop, at this year's Nokia World conference. There is great excitement surrounding this product. Commentary on the Nokia World event around the blogosphere is dominated by the buzz on this one topic.
With a launch price of €575 in Europe (£500 in the UK, $799 in the USA) initially it will be more expensive than some other netbooks. Yet this is good value for money, because it's a superior product, and it's new technology. This is a next-generation portable computer. It's one of the first computers confirmed to be shipping with the Windows 7 operating system. And the chipset powering the heart of this sexy silver machine is state-of-the-art. Even before the full specs were announced, it was clear that Booklet 3G introduces "features that allow it to stand out in the crowd" (to quote The Guardian newspaper in the UK).
The Nokia Booklet 3G is a compact 10.1" netbook with a comprehensive set of features, including:
- Windows 7
- Intel Atom Z530 1.6 GHz processor, Intel Poulsbo US15W chipset
- RAM: 1 GB, DDR2, 533 Mhz, soldered down
- HDD: 120 GB, 1.8”/5mmH/SATA, 8 MB cache, 4200 RPM
- High-speed internet access through 3G broadband
- Full HD picture quality (1080p) via HDMI output
- WiFi networking
- Long battery life (up to 12 hours)
- Durable metal exoskeleton (aluminium)
- Compact, ultra-thin design
Nokia's expansion into the mini laptop market was predictable. This is the direction in which mobile devices are heading. With mobile phones and portable media players evolving to be more like PCs, and laptops/notebooks/netbooks becoming ever more compact, convergence of devices in these markets is inevitable.
02 September 2009