Nokia Prepping Second Booklet 3G Netbook For 2010

There are rumours that Nokia is preparing the successor to its Nokia Booklet 3G already even though the first one has yet to reach our shores, nearly three months after it was first announced.

According to the Chinese-based Economic Daily News, the ODM partner for the Booklet 3G, hardware superstar Compal Electronics is working overtime to satisfy demand and rumours have emerged about a new version next year.

The Booklet 3G from Nokia is set to cost around £500, which is slightly expensive to our taste. As a reminder, Nokia's first netbook runs on an Atom CPU, comes with Windows 7 OS, HSDPA 3G, a 10.1-inch screen, a 12-hour battery life with everything packed in a 20mm thick chassis.

Our bet would be on another cheaper Windows 7 netbook which builds on the excellent reviews of the first Nokia netbook (think of it as the Nokia Booklet 3G Lite). But we would fancy seeing Maemo on it anytime.

It is unlikely however that (a) the device will be launched during the first six months of 2010 given that the Booklet 3G hasn't even been launched in the UK (b) Compal Electronics will get any sort of preferential treatments.

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Next year, we will see the launch of the next generation of Atom processor, dubbed Pineview and which will not only reduce overall power consumption but also costs much cheaper to produce.

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