Nokia will introduce the Nokia Booklet 3G to the U.S. together with AT&T, Best Buy and Microsoft, the company announced today.
"Nokia understands mobility like no other company and recognizes that the most 'powerful' device is the one that doesn't have you running for the power plug or network point," said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, president and CEO of Nokia. "By combining the Booklet's sleek design, impressive features and competitive price together with the new Windows 7 operating system from Microsoft, AT&T's nationwide 3G coverage and Best Buy's unmatched national retail footprint, we believe we have a winning combination for U.S. consumers."
"Our alliance with Nokia is advancing on multiple fronts and the Nokia Booklet 3G is an important step," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "We are excited with Nokia's decision to launch its first PC with Windows 7. By combining the value and simplicity of the operating system with the all-day mobility of the Nokia Booklet 3G, we are bringing new and valuable experiences to consumers and businesses."
The Nokia Booklet 3G will be sold at all Best Buy locations in the U.S. as well as at the Best Buy Mobile standalone stores. The Nokia Booklet 3G will be offered at an introductory price of 299.99 USD with an AT&T Data Connect plan two-year activation. The Nokia Booklet 3G should arrive in stores by mid-November, and Best Buy expects to begin taking orders online and in stores on October 22.
Best Buy associates will offer Walk Out Working on the Nokia Booklet 3G, as they do for all smartphones. The free service will help customers activate the device, walk through the Windows 7 operating system and make sure customers understand all of the extras including Ovi Suite, the Ovi Maps gadget, and features like Bluetooth connectivity.
Sporting a premium design and running Windows 7, the Intel Atom-powered Nokia Booklet 3G will deliver up to 12 hours of battery life. Delivering the feature set of a full-function PC inside an ultra-portable aluminum chassis, the new mini-laptop weighs less than 2.76 pounds and measures slightly more than two centimeters thin. Embedded 3G/ HSPA - as well as Wi-Fi - high speed connectivity to the Internet is also available.
The mini-laptop also comes with an HDMI port for HD video out, a front facing camera for video calling, integrated Bluetooth and an SD card reader. Other features include the glass 10.1 inch HD-ready display, integrated A-GPS with Ovi Maps, and the latest version of Ovi Suite for synching with a Nokia mobile device.