I can almost say I told you so, as it looks like Nokia released a device that resembles a netbook/notebook hybrid running, yep you guess it, Microsoft Windows. The Booklet 3G is a fanless device that comes with pretty much anything you would need, keyboard, touchpad, monitor, Wi-Fi, mobile broadband (3G HSPA), assisted GPS, Bluetooth, web cam, card reader and HDMI out (for use with the HD ready capability). The best part, however, is the apparent 12 hours of battery life this thing is supposed to provide. The fact that it all fits neatly into a 2.75 pound device doesn’t hurt either.

The release date and asking price won’t be revealed until next week, but I have seen rumors of greater than 700 USD price tag surfacing. If this is indeed the case I think Nokia may have trouble selling the device without using long term contracts with wireless providers to subsidize the cost. The device does come with a SIM card reader as well for connectivity to telecommunication networks.

The use of this device in the enterprise remains to be seen, but as with most Netbooks, the absence of a TPM module will leave corporate data at risk and more than likely stall adoption.

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