Nokia Booklet 3G: Dawn of the smartbook?

Today Nokia unveiled its upcoming Booklet 3G, the company's first netbook, though it has a few features that make it stand out from the pack. It certainly looks like a netbook, with a full keyboard, an Atom processor that can run Windows 7, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a 10.1-inch display — plus the added bonus of an HDMI output. But its smartphone-esque features can't be denied: a hot-swappable SIM card, built-in 3G/HSPA connectivity, and GPS (well, A-GPS) with Ovi Maps. Not to mention it's a lightweight, measuring just 0.78 inches thick and weighing 2.75 pounds.

If you believe the 12-hour rated battery life and Nokia's promise of "all-day mobility," the Booklet starts to feel like more than just a netbook… it's really closer to a smartbook — an emerging category in between smartphone and netbook — though running Windows 7 would seem to disqualify it. Is that just marketing semantics, though? And does it matter? We kind of want it either way. We'll see if it's still just as desirable when Nokia announces pricing and release dates next week.

Nokia, via Engadget