Nokia has quietly started to sell its uber-expensive Booklet 3G Netbook on its online store for a throat-chocking, jaw dropping £649, a price that we understand, includes VAT and delivery but which is slightly on the expensive side of things.
The device, which is already available in the US via AT&T and Germany through Telefonica-owned O2, was launched back in August 2009.
If you thought that Apple's US/UK price differences were unfair, then Nokia's one is proper outrageous as the mini laptop costs $599 across the pond and the equivalent of $1020 in Blighty.
For this quasi-obscene amount of money, you get a nice looking laptop with an Atom Z530 processor running at 1.6GHz, a 10.1-inch LCD display with a screen resolution of 1280x720 pixels, 1GB RAM, a 120GB hard disk drive, Windows 7, embedded 3G, HDMI, WiFi, A-GPS, Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel webcam and Nokia's own set of services, all packed in a 1.25Kg chassis.
ZDNet reports that no mobile operator have signed a deal to subsidise or bundle the device, given that it is almost as expensive as an iPhone, it is highly unlikely it will ever happen actually.
If you want to buy this expensive booklet, it is available on Nokia's online store here but we'd certainly advise you to read through our "5 Reasons Why The Nokia Booklet 3G Will Fail" article before committing yourself.
We hardly find any reasons to buy it to be fair. It might be an exceptionally well configured computer with all the bells and whistles one can expect, but charging £649 for it almost three times more than an Acer Aspire One 751 which has a bigger screen and more memory while sharing the same footprint.