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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.

Our Comments

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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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.