To the surprise of many in the tech world, cellular telephony giants Nokia have announced that they will be introducing a “mini-laptop” by the name of Booklet 3G by next month. The Finnish company has come through the ranks over the years and has established itself as the king of the domain as far as cell phones and portable devices are concerned. Now they have taken it a step further with a small laptop that seems dubiously similar to the netbooks available in the market today:
- Intel Atom processor
- Ships with the new Windows 7
- 10.1″ screen
- Bluetooth, Wifi and GPS
- Card reader
Until this point, it does not seem significantly different than its counterparts produced by the likes of Acer and Asus. However, there are a couple of features that could just excite the crowd into rushing for it:
- HDMI out means you can watch the high definition videos from your laptop on a large external HD screen
- 3G sim slot brings the long-awaited possibility of inserting a sim card with a 3G connection and use your laptop to browse the web
In fact, there seems to be such hype on the new notebook, that the official website has been down ever since the announcement. If it does come back up, you’d be able to view it here.
It’s always good news when there’s new competition entering the market. The ability to access the internet via an integrated sim card slot is a right consumers should’ve been granted ages ago, but was not available due to the monopolies of the telecommunications companies forcing users to sign two-year contracts. However, judging by the quality of the high-end phones and portable devices produces by the Finns, it is difficult to be optimistic about the very first netbook they come up with. Yet another case of how time will tell.