Nokia Booklet 3GThe Nokia Booklet 3G is the Finnish phone maker’s late arrival to the lil’ laptop party, but the big N’s avoding the little n word like it was swine flu, instead dubbing it a “mini laptop”. The specs Nokia’s leaked so far suggest it’s going head to head against premium netbooks, but we reckon it could well blow them all out of the water. Here’s why.

1. The Nokia Booklet 3G is an HD netbook
A 10.1-inch screen is par for the netbook course, but a glossy screen promising HD isn’t. Nokia hasn’t said what the resolution is, but we reckon it’ll spit out 720p no problem – unlike the Sony VAIO P, which bucks the low-res trend too, but can barely handle video at all.

2. Epic battery life
When Nokia says the Nokia Booklet 3G will run for 12 hours, you know it means it. The chaps at Espoo are legendary for cranking out phones with battery lives that last longer than most celebrity marriages – don’t expect the Nokia Booklet 3G to be any different.

3. Hot swappable SIM slot
So you pick up the Nokia Booklet 3G subsidised with a 3G mobile broadband bundle. Imagine the horror when you turn it on one day to discover no signal where you are. The horror! Not to worry though, you can just swap it out for your phone’s SIM card instead and you’re away surfing.

4. GPS on the go
Sure, you can get GPS inside some netbooks for an extra charge, but the Nokia Booklet 3G comes with it out of the box. Add that to Nokia’s powerful Ovi Maps service and you’ve got one convenient way to get around. Nokia says an Ovi Maps “gadget” will be included – we’re hoping that means as an instant-on app.

5. It’s made by a mobile player
If Dell and Acer‘s ventures into mobile phones show, it’s that the big PC giants still don’t know what people need on the move. But the Nokia Booklet 3G has been made by the biggest mobile company in the world, and you can bet it’ll be bringing all its expertise with it.

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6. It works with Ovi
As well as Ovi Maps, you’ll be able to access all of Nokia’s other online services through the Nokia Booklet 3G, including the Music Store (We’re hoping for a Comes With Music edition) and Ovi Suite, so you can wirelessly backup your Nokia Booklet 3G over the air to the cloud.

7. Small but sturdy
Even Nokia’s non-rugged phones are rock solid bits of kit that can even survive a dip in a cereal bowl. The aluminium Nokia Booklet 3G is only 2cm thick, but it’ll still be sporting that durability, so you won’t have any qualms dunking it in your bag before you head out.

8. MacBook looks
Glass screen thin frame, aluminium chassis, island keyboard. Say, isn’t this the MacBook nano we’ve been waiting so long for? It’s a good thing the Nokia Booklet 3G has HDMI instead of a DisplayPort though. It’s got all of the looks of a VAOI P, and none of the impracticality.

9. It syncs with your mobile
We don’t know the details yet, but Nokia says the Nokia Booklet 3G syncs with your mobile. Now that could just mean syncing with a Windows PC like normal, but we’re hoping for tighter integration with Nokia blowers: imagine routing calls from your phone to the screen for video conferencing.

10. It’s a home media player
The Nokia Booklet 3G will be one of a select few 10-inch laptops to pack HDMI, so you’ll be able to hook it up to your flatscreen and playback hi-deffy video on it whenever the urge grabs you – and since it’s so small you know it’ll be ninja silent too.

  • Tech

    Looks sleek. It was only a matter of time before Nokia started making notebooks.

  • Nogig

    I like the way it looks and at 1.25kg with 12hrs of battery life, you really can’t go wrong. I use my Dell Studio 1535 laptop for university and it can feel quite heavy at times. I’d much rather carry a lightweight mini-laptop than a heavy full-sized laptop. I just hope Nokia’s Booklet 3G isn’t too pricey.

  • Jonathan Morris

    Nokia has stated it is an HD capable display, with 1280×720 video resolution and HDMI output, but they’ve carefully left out any promise of actually playing HD content.

    A lot of people are unsure whether it will be able to decode and play HD content – at least not without re-encoding videos first.

    So, I’d say that point 10 is just a ‘maybe’ and probably ‘unlikely’ unless there’s some extra hardware in the Booklet 3G that we don’t know about.

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