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Nokia Unveils Its First Netbook 219

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the shouldn't-it-be-based-on-kde dept.
andylim writes "Today Nokia unveiled its first netbook that runs Windows and packs an Intel Atom processor. The Nokia Booklet 3G is the first Nokia device to feature a full-sized keypad and a 10-inch display. Recombu.com has listed the specs, which include an SD card reader, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G, HSDPA (3.5G), Wi-Fi, an HDMI port for HD video out and a front-facing camera for video calling. According to Nokia, the Booklet will provide 12 hours of battery life."
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Nokia Unveils Its First Netbook

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  • Price? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by forand (530402) on Monday August 24, 2009 @10:38AM (#29173011) Homepage
    I haven't seen any price estimates. Anyone know what it might go for? Looks great though.
  • Uh... Windows? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Ed Avis (5917) <ed@membled.com> on Monday August 24, 2009 @10:42AM (#29173073) Homepage
    How disappointing, I thought they were working on Maemo and other cool Linux stuff? Are those only considered fit for PDAs and (eventually) phones? Of course Nokia can try to become another Dell if they want to, but why is another Windows PC considered Slashdot front page material?
  • Hmm.. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by C_Kode (102755) on Monday August 24, 2009 @10:44AM (#29173103) Journal

    I've read (and saw once) that the Netbooks with Atom processors have issues with having enough processing power to handle HD video. (though basical video played fine) Whats the point of the HDMI video out if it has issues with HD video?

  • No ARM (Score:5, Insightful)

    by voislav98 (1004117) on Monday August 24, 2009 @10:47AM (#29173137)
    I would love to see an ARM netbook from Nokia, none of this Atom crap
  • Re:Hmm.. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by kinnell (607819) on Monday August 24, 2009 @10:51AM (#29173187)

    I've read (and saw once) that the Netbooks with Atom processors have issues with having enough processing power to handle HD video. (though basical video played fine) Whats the point of the HDMI video out if it has issues with HD video?

    Because it's the only reasonable choice of connector if you want to interface your laptop to a modern TV.

  • Re:Uh... Windows? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by 99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) on Monday August 24, 2009 @10:52AM (#29173195)

    ...why is another Windows PC considered Slashdot front page material?

    Probably because it is a large company moving into the market from the low end and bringing expertise for inexpensive mobile devices into said market. I find it interesting, even if I'm not thrilled with all of their choices. The GPS and cell receiver/transmitter are interesting choices for a low end device, for example, which reflect their expertise in cell phones.

    Maybe this won't spur Linux adoption or undermine MS, but that doesn't mean it won't drive changes in the industry or spur adoption of other technologies.

  • Re:Price? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by jo42 (227475) on Monday August 24, 2009 @10:54AM (#29173211) Homepage

    No mention of memory size, disk size or type, or any other useful specs. Kick the marketing droids in gonads.

  • by TheRaven64 (641858) on Monday August 24, 2009 @11:01AM (#29173301) Journal
    Using the power of marketing.
  • Re:Hmm.. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by TheDarAve (513675) on Monday August 24, 2009 @11:01AM (#29173307)

    Make a netbook with an HDMI connector on it so it uses 1/3rd the size of a DVI connector and get a HDMI to DVI cable.

  • Re:Hmm.. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by rolfwind (528248) on Monday August 24, 2009 @11:06AM (#29173359)

    I've read (and saw once) that the Netbooks with Atom processors have issues with having enough processing power to handle HD video. (though basical video played fine) Whats the point of the HDMI video out if it has issues with HD video?

    For the people who buy based on feature lists alone. Although, HDMI is a great way to connect A/V devices. Even without HD video.... no mucking with display modes and the like. Also nicely carries sound in one cable. Which is why Apple's mini DVI port on the notebooks are disappointing.

    I wonder how ARM will perform on netbooks compared to HD video. Always Innovating has released a netbook built around a beagle-board, but I'm awaiting the multi-core chips (later this year?) I keep hearing how intel has problems packing real power into the atoms (scaling down) while ARM is scaling up nicely.

  • by slim (1652) <john&hartnup,net> on Monday August 24, 2009 @11:08AM (#29173391) Homepage

    In my experience, it's a real nightmare finding a VGA mode that the TV likes. Possibly, HDMI fixes that.

  • 12 hours huh? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Taibhsear (1286214) on Monday August 24, 2009 @11:17AM (#29173465)

    Doing what? Being in standby mode? Or actually using anything? Even my EEEPC 1000 says 7-8 hours of battery life and I get 4-4.5 using wifi/internet or watching video. So I'm guessing this will have 5-6 hours of actual use battery life.

  • by slim (1652) <john&hartnup,net> on Monday August 24, 2009 @12:01PM (#29174027) Homepage

    I've had no problems using VGA on several different HD TVs - you just need to set the resolution to the native resolution of the screen.

    And what if such a resolution doesn't show up in your display settings dialog?

    I've had no problems getting a picture. But a filling the widescreen display, at full resolution, with no borders, overscan or loss of aspect ratio - I haven't got my Toshiba TV and my Dell laptop to do that.

  • Re:Price? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 24, 2009 @12:07PM (#29174111)

    Dude, stop using a typewriter to post on Slashdot.

    Signed, everyone.

  • Re:Uh... Windows? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by jfanning (35979) on Monday August 24, 2009 @01:33PM (#29175177) Homepage

    How many of those netbooks come in an aluminium case and have GPS?

  • Re:I like it. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mewsenews (251487) on Monday August 24, 2009 @02:17PM (#29175771) Homepage

    If Nokia had entered what is gearing up to be a very aggressive market with a linux based netbook, I would have expect the BOD to fire the CEO right away!

    Asus tried it already and it failed.

    Asus created the netbook market with the eeePc, and you consider it a failure?

    Before the eeePc, we had small form factor machines that were fragile, gimmicky, and expensive as hell. The Fujitsu Librettos come to mind, as do the OQO machines.

    Asus recognized that people wanted a tiny computer that would allow them to communicate with their friends -- web pages, email, instant messaging. Screw spreadsheets, word processing, and powerpoint. And they made it cheap, cheap cheap. Then they scared the crap out of Microsoft by putting Linux on it.

    Asus sold their machines by the boatload, Microsoft caved, and now we have cheap netbooks with enormously discounted copies of Windows on them.

    The eeePc was anything but a failure, and Linux was a key part of its success.

  • Re:I like it. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by hansamurai (907719) <hansamurai@gmail.com> on Monday August 24, 2009 @02:23PM (#29175847) Homepage Journal

    And then Microsoft paid them off and they made even more money.

  • Re:Snorefest (Score:3, Insightful)

    by owlstead (636356) on Monday August 24, 2009 @03:29PM (#29176691)

    I don't get it.

    How many manufactures are going to build these things. I know they are wildly popular due to cost, but come on, they are all the same.

    They all use the same hardware. They all pretty much use the same software. Some look slightly different, maybe.

    Although the Asus ones seemed OK, most of the clones seemed crap to me. Only Dell seemed to have made a decent clone. All the others were crap at battery life.

    Atom 1.6ghz. 1GB RAM. 160GB HD. Wifi etc... big honking deal.

    Hi speed internet and much needed synchronization and GPS are certainly nothing to be sneezed at though. Design and battery life seem great as well.

    Maybe they will change something who knows.

    I also notice that it has a HDMI port for HD out... um why? Other than you brag you have it I see this as somewhat useless. Will it have video that can handle HD? Likely not. Will it have a HD that you can store lots of HD stuff on? Not really. Will it have a BluRay optical drive? Um No. Is watching HD on a 10 in screen stupid? Likely yes.

    Will I prefer my 1920x1080 screen to a 10 inch netbook screen? Hell yes. Will it make it easier to setup a connection compared to VGA or composite? Most likely it will.

    No idea what HSDPA is? Though it says (3.5G) which sounds like a cell network protocol. Which is great if it is in your area, of which they likely only cover metro areas or 2% of the actual area...

    Speak for yourself. In the Netherlands there's a lot of 3G coverage. It's the one thing missing from my laptop.

    Oh yeah and 12 hours battery life? OK at this point EVERYONE knows they all lie through their teeth about battery time, but really do you think we are all stupid now. Have we gotten the the point where the lies don't have to be plausible. All they need now is some disclaimer someplace that says that it was tested with nothing running, the power off, closed, and that is the natural dissipation rate of their battery and includes no usage, or in other words a totally pointless and worthless test of capability.

    Yes, we'll have to wait for the previews for that. They won't be able to go under the EEE PC's battery time after promising this. The big question that remains is the screen. How well will the laptop perform when the screen is bright enough to be viewed.

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