Nokia has made it official that its Booklet 3G, its first true netbook PC will come to the U.S. through AT&T and Best Buy on October 22. It could be risky for Nokia to enter into the increasingly crowded netbook space.
First off, the device will run a pricey $599 unsubsidized. And that's pretty astronomical for a netbook.
It runs a Intel Atom 1.6GHz chip - the same used in the market leading Acer Aspire Ones - and includes Wi-Fi, a 120GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, and a 10.1? display. My Acer has all of that, and was $259 without any subsidy, PC World reports.
It was also reported, Nokia took the wraps off Booklet 3G that will run exclusively on AT&T's 3G wireless network. At a subsidized price tag of $299, Nokia has managed to hit the sweet spot in the Netbook market with a high-end device at a bargain price point.
"The $300 price point is insane for a premium product like this," said Avi Greengart, research director at Current Analysis. "If you look at other Netbooks in this category that sell for about the same price you get four or four and a half hours of battery life. This will easily give you over eight hours of battery life with all radios turned on."