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Nokia 3G Booklet

After years of calling its phones "multimedia computers", Nokia finally launches a real one.

John Chan

After years of calling its phones "multimedia computers", Nokia finally launches a real one.

The world's top manufacturer of mobile phones has entered the notebook business with its Nokia Booklet 3G. Based on the Intel Atom processor (which powers most netbooks), this 1.25kg notebook comes with a 10-inch display and built-in HSDPA wireless connectivity. Furthermore, it will also integrate A-GPS for satellite navigation. Detailed specifications are still unavailable at the moment, but the chassis is made of aluminium and the Booklet 3G apparently measures just over 2cm thick. It will also be integrated with the company's Ovi suite of services and is supposed to give up to 12 hours of battery life.

“We are in the business of connecting people and the Nokia Booklet 3G is a natural evolution for us," said Kai Oistamo, Nokia’s executive vice president for devices, "we will make the personal computer more social, more helpful and more personal.”

In June, Nokia announced it will be working with Intel to develop Linux-based handheld mobile devices. Earlier this month, Microsoft said it would develop a Symbian version of its Office suite for the Finnish giant's mobile phones. It looks like Nokia's partnership with the former runs deeper than those press releases suggest. We will hear more about the new Nokia Booklet 3G during Nokia World 2009, which will take place on 2 September, so come back for more information.