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Nokia Booklet 3G: Full Specs & Pricing Released

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Nokia Booklet 3G: Full Specs & Pricing Released

We were promised more details on the Nokia Booklet 3G today and Nokia has duly delivered, releasing the full-spec list and pricing of the unit at its Nokia World event in Stuttgart.

So, what's to know? Well, while we knew that the Booklet 3G used an Atom processor, we can now confirm which one: the 1.6GHz Z530. This means the Booklet 3G uses Intel's Poulsbo US15W chipset, which utilises a graphics processor developed by PowerVR - makers of the graphics unit in the iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre among many others.

This does offer HD video decoding and since the Booklet 3G will run Windows 7, there's a far greater chance this processing will actually be accessible - on Windows XP based netbooks its abilities are largely inaccessible due to the lack of support of DirectX 10 and DXVA 2.0.

This should work well with the previously teased 'HD resolution display', which turns out to be 1,280 x 720 as opposed to the 1,366 x 768 more typically used. Anything is better than 1,024 x 600, so we can hardly complain - some might even prefer a less dense pixel pitch on a small 10.1in display such as this.

Nokia raised eyebrows with its 12-hour battery life claims for the Booklet 3G and though we're no closer to finding out if they're true, we do now know that the Booklet 3G will use a 5,680mAh capacity, 'prismatic' lithium-ion battery. That 'prismatic' bit is important since, rather like the lithium-polymer batteries in Apple's MacBooks, non-cylindrical 'prismatic' batteries are more space efficient and thus allow the svelte 19.9mm thickness.

Storage and memory might be an issue for some people. While the 120GB hard drive will be ample for most needs, it'll spin at a lowly 4,200rpm. Good for keeping heat to a minimum - a necessity given the system will be fanless - not so great for system responsiveness. Likewise, while the 1GB of DDR2 RAM is nothing new, it's soldered onto the motherboard, suggesting it won't be upgradeable.

Other interesting titbits include the presence of an accelerometer, while colour choices at launch will include black, white and blue. As we already knew, a 3G modem, Draft-N Wi-Fi, A-GPS and Bluetooth are all included (as are HDMI, three USB ports and an SD card reader), making this one seriously well connected netbook.

If all this sounds too good to be true, though, spare a thought for the price. Though it will doubtless be heavily subsidised on contracts (probably long ones), the 'SIM free' price will be a whopping 570 Euros - just under £500.

So, what do you think? Would you rather a smartphone than this, or are you willing to commit to what is undoubtedly an enticing mobile computing package? Let us know in the comments.

Link: Nokia Conversations

ilovethemonkeyhead

September 2, 2009, 7:33 pm

can i play left 4 dead on it? 12 hours of left 4 dead sounds nice.

Steve

September 2, 2009, 7:49 pm

I was very interested in this, but a SIM free price of £500 is far too steep.

purephase

September 2, 2009, 8:03 pm

This sim free price is actually lower than many of Nokia's premium hi-tec handsets (N96 for example). I guess the problem is that no-one would use this as their phone, so will still have to buy one as well.





Still looks very good - but not at £500 - would like to see what some of the 3rd party suppliers will be able to sell it for.

ThaDon

September 2, 2009, 8:10 pm

@ purephase regarding still needing a phone - everyone with a current netbook still needs a phone so that point is rather irrelevant.





It looks nice, it's connected well.. Shame about the RAM, HDD and lack of optical drive. It just goes even further in proving how good those Sony T-series lapintops really are for the size vs capability argument.





I would have been tempted but for 1) more RAM, 2) capable HDD and 3) internal Optical Drive.





I still use the three in great abundance/proficiency, and i ain't about to give them up yet..





Also, i thought Nokia would intro their own OS with these babies - i guess it was too much to ask. So the Nokia premium in this case pays for built-in 3G and a third-party-sourced graphics chip.. £500 sim-free is a lot of money for that. For that money i'll go for a PAYG iPhone and enjoy a better mobile experience.

Xiphias

September 2, 2009, 8:36 pm

For £500 it should have a good SSD, £500 for a 4,200rpm HDD machine is ridiculous.

DrDark

September 2, 2009, 9:25 pm

"PowerVR - makers of the graphics unit in the iPhone 3GS and Palm Pre among many others"


including the Dreamcast, if I remember correctly ;).





Mmm, I like the Booklet's featureset (apart from the RAM), but the price is higher than I'd hoped. Sticking with NC10.





In fact, for that price (and swinging back towards phones -sorry ThaDon) I'd probably go for the N900 instead.

Andy0d2

September 2, 2009, 9:38 pm

THIS WILL NOT RUN FOR 12 HOURS - you can quote me on that and prove me wrong if you wish but I seriously doubt this espcially if you actually use the computer eg GPS 3G etc

ThaDon

September 2, 2009, 9:45 pm

@ drdark: Having experienced what Nokia are offering on their touch-based mobile computing devices, i'd stick to something that allows me to be efficient at both work & play, hence iPhone. Not the first, not the be-all and end-all, just the best of the current bunch by a country mile..

ThaDon

September 2, 2009, 9:48 pm

Although having said that, the new gen of Android phones would swing my vote if they were happy to play with OSX :D

James Reckitt

September 2, 2009, 10:04 pm

The specs look fairly enticing, but the price is way too steep. If you take £500, you could get a Samsung NC10 and a PAYG 3G dongle (from the likes of Vodafone), and still have loads of cash to spare. If it had a full touchscreen, then it might be justifiable, but as it stands, you'd really have to have more money than sense to get one.

Ataripower

September 2, 2009, 10:32 pm

I think I would rather have the new N900 soon to be released for £500 smackers, but good to finally see some Netbook evolution!!

AlmostDone

September 3, 2009, 2:18 am

Yep £500 is just too high of a premium. They are probably using 1.8" instead of standard 2.5" hard drives which explains the low capacity and slow 4200rpm to keep the weight and dimensions down.

DrDark

September 3, 2009, 3:40 am

@ThaDon: I understand where you're coming from, but it must also be noted than the N900 is their new Maemo(linux-based) OS and not Symbian. Check out youtube. The latest videos look very tasty indeed.





Oh, also, I still prefer my physical E71 keyboard over any touch screen I've used so far, and I hate the iPhone with a passion :).

Raffaele

September 3, 2009, 5:10 am

1G non upgradeable ram seems low for windows 7 to run really well. As a premium netbook it could have been tempting with 2 gig ram on a decent telco plan.

purephase

September 4, 2009, 2:35 pm

I guess what I was trying to say - but from ThaDon's smackdown I didn't get across is that I don't see why Nokia can't distribute these on standard contracts like they do a high end phone handset. i.e. £30ish a month on a 18 month contract with the computer thrown in. If you compare that to spending £350-400 upfront on a nice netbook and then buy a 3G dongle on top then it comes out quite favourably over time.

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