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August 24, 2009

Nokia to Step into the PC World

By Jai C.S., TMCnet Contributor

Nokia, a reputed name in mobile telecommunications industry, has reportedly announced its plan to enter the PC world with the launch of its first netbook, Nokia (News - Alert) Booklet 3G.

The company’s very first netbook, the Booklet 3G, will use Microsoft's Windows software and Intel's (News - Alert) Atom processor with up to 12 hours of battery life, and weighing 1.25 kilograms. It is aimed to deliver rich experience of a full-function PC inside an ultra-portable aluminum chassis, with a broad range of connectivity options - including 3G/ HSPA and Wi-Fi that will give its consumers high speed access to the Internet, including Nokia's broad suite of Ovi services.  
"A growing number of people want the computing power of a PC with the full benefits of mobility," said Kai Oistamo, executive vice president for Devices at Nokia, in a statement. "We are in the business of connecting people and the Nokia Booklet 3G is a natural evolution for us. Nokia has a long and rich heritage in mobility and with the outstanding battery life, premium design and all day, always on connectivity, we will create something quite compelling. In doing so we will make the personal computer more social, more helpful and more personal."
Reportedly, the mini-laptop also comes with an HDMI port for HD video out, a front facing camera for video calling, integrated Bluetooth and an easily accessible SD card reader. Other key features include the 10-inch glass HD ready display and integrated A-GPS which, working with the Ovi Maps gadget, can open up access for a truly personal maps experience.
Additionally, the Nokia Booklet 3G is also said to bring various other Ovi experiences. The launch of Nokia Booklet 3G is stated to widen the company’s portfolio, and a step toward becoming a total mobile solutions company.

In other news, a Nokia rep will be speaking at Technology Marketing Corporation’s upcoming IT EXPO West  conference, which will run Sept. 1 to 3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Timothy Jasionowski (News - Alert), director and senior technologist at Nokia, will moderate a session called “Social Applications: The Mobile Imperative” at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 1.

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Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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