News that Nokia was going to launch a mobile computer first emerged back in February 2009 when Nokia's CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has confirmed that the company will be manufacturing something along those lines.
(ed: why not read 5 Reasons Why Nokia's Laptops Will Rule which we wrote back in February).
We've drawn up a list of things that you might want to know about Nokia's Booklet 3G and which make particularly attractive.
(1) Available mainly/exclusively through networks
One of the main reasons why Nokia's Booklet 3G is going to be popular is because it will be widely available on most networks around UK, Europe and down to the developing countries. As we said six months ago, "the handset manufacturer is uniquely placed to sell mobile computers to people on all five continents".
Nokia's clout also means that it will get the netbooks for cheap and may easily undercut the current cheapest laptop package, Three's Acer Aspire offer at £17.50 per month for two years.
(2) HD Ready = 1280x720 pixels at least
The Booklet 3G will be HD Ready. It has an HDMI output and is likely to offer at least 1280x720 pixels on its 10.1-inch screen, the lowest screen resolution to qualify as a HD Ready device.
Most other netbooks come with a screen resolution of 1024x600. However, this is speculative and Nokia might say instead that HD ready applies only to the HDMI output and not to the screen content.
(3) Classy building material and finish
The netbook is made up of aluminium and has a glossy finish that is reminiscent of Apple's build quality. It looks absolutely gorgeous in the marketing video. We have yet to come across a traditional netbook that sports the same level of attention to details.
(4) Macbook Keyboard?
The Booklet 3G seems to take its inspiration from the Macbook Air, arguably Apple's most iconic laptop of the past few years. The Nokia netbook borrows the chiclet keyboard design down to the well defined, full size SHIFT keys that are present on full size laptop keyboards. The protruding black keys will certainly leave the users with an impression of class.
(5) Windows 7?
The marketing video of the Booklet 3G shows clearly that Windows XP will not be used. Either Windows Vista or, more probable, Windows 7 Starter Edition will be bundled with it which means that the laptop should be readily available at Windows 7's launch on the 22nd of October.
(6) Hot Swappable SIM card functionality
Consumers should be able to remove the SIM cards easily. From the pictures we saw, we guess that the SIM card reader is possibly underneath the computer but not behind the battery as it is normally the case.
It is likely that Booklet 3G netbooks will be locked, like normal phones, on particular networks because of subsidies.
(7) Specs details
Based on the fact that the Booklet 3G is HD capable, one can safely assume that it comes with an Intel GMA4500MHD (or possibly the GMA4700MHD).
We've also learnt that it will come with a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 CPU with a 120GB HDD. On the left of the Netbook, you will find the HDMI port, two USB ports and the audio out. On the right, there's one USB port, a micro SD card, the power connector and power button.
There's nothing at the back the computer and Nokia has chose a flat form factor rather than a more trendy tappered one. This has allowed the phone manufacturer to integrate the speakers at opposite ends of the laptop's palm rest.
Furthermore, Nokia has already announced that there will be a number of colour schemes for the Booklet 3G.