The growing Nokia-Microsoft collaboration is getting a little bigger with Nokia's announcement Monday that it will debut a Windows-based netbook called the Nokia Booklet 3G.
The Booklet 3G will begin life with a few impressive features -- a 12-hour battery life and a weight of just under a pound -- although final specs will have to wait until September 2 at Nokia World in Stuttgart. The netbook will also sport a 10-inch glass HD-ready display similar to the screen offered on Apple's aluminum MacBooks.
The Booklet 3G will be powered by the ubiquitous Intel Atom processor and the device will have Wi-Fi and 3G/HSPA capability.
"A growing number of people want the computing power of a PC with the full benefits of mobility," said Kai Oistamo, Nokia's vice president for devices, in a statement. "We are in the business of connecting people and the Nokia Booklet 3G is a natural evolution for us."
Nokia said users of the new netbook will be able to draw heavily on the firm's Ovi services, which offer easy-to-use seamless syncing between existing Nokia handsets and the new netbook.
The Booklet 3G also represents something of a return to the PC world for Nokia, which sold its PC business more than 15 years ago to concentrate on mobile phones. In recent surveys, Nokia has garnered 38% of the mobile handset business -- more than the next three handset providers combined.
Nokia said the netbook will have an HDMI port for HD video out and as well as a camera for video calling. Bluetooth, an SD card reader, and A-GPS will be integrated in the Booklet 3G with the GPS feature linked to Ovi Maps gadget.
In recent days, Nokia and Microsoft said they would collaborate on Microsoft Mobile software planned to be offered on some Nokia devices next year.
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