Nokia broke out its top secret laptop computer plans today.  We don’t know about you but we were expecting a little more than this new "Booklet 3G".  It’s hard to still be considered an innovative company when they come out with stuff like this:

Espoo, Finland – After more than 25 years as a pioneer and leader in the mobile industry, Nokia will bring its rich mobility heritage and knowledge to the PC world with the new, Windows based, Nokia Booklet 3G.

They are about 3 years late on the Netbook scene as well as a year past the 10+ Hour battery life "revolution".  There also looks to be plenty of space around that 10-inch glass screen, making it a bit of a "clunker" when it comes to netbook size.  Most major netbooks have had 3G capabilities for awhile too.  

Take a garden variety Eee 1005HA.  10.5 hours battery life, 10.1 inch screen.  $375

This isn’t a low end netbook, mind you.  There is some good stuff inside which will put it at the high end of the highly competitive netbook arena:

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 premium features include the 10-inch glass HD ready display and integrated A-GPS which, working with the Ovi Maps gadget, can pinpoint your position in seconds and open up access for a truly personal maps experience. The Nokia Booklet 3G also brings a number of other rich Ovi experiences to life, whether its access and playback of millions of tracks through the Nokia Music Store, or using Ovi Suite to sync seamlessly from your Nokia smartphone, to your mini-laptop, to the cloud.

If it is priced anywhere north of $350, it won’t sell.  Otherwise it will fit in an already muddied field dominated by ASUS, HP, Dell and Acer.  Oh, and why not run Maemo Linux like the much more interesting N900?  Microsoft just made Office for Nokia Symbian phones, coincidentally.

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