Nokia said it has so far seen strong interest from corporations and enterprise users for its first netbook, the Booklet 3G, according to a company executive. The device was first unveiled in August and is set to go on sale in the United States through Best Buy.
"When we launched the Booklet 3G ... we thought it to be primarily a consumer device, but after the launch a big, growing interest is coming from companies," said Heikki Norta, head of Nokia corporate strategy, according to Reuters. "No one knows yet if a booklet kind of device is the next device that will be used by millions, or hundreds of millions, of people, but right now it looks like, if not for mass market, there is clear demand."
In October, AT&T Mobility said it would sell the Booklet 3G for $299.99 to customers who sign up for a two-year AT&T mobile data contract. The device will cost $599 for customers who do not opt to go with the AT&T plan, and will be sold exclusively at Best Buy locations as well as Best Buy Mobile stores. Nokia said the device was supposed to go on sale by mid-November, but a check of Best Buy's website shows the device is on back order.
The netbook sports HSPA and WiFi connectivity and features a 10-inch glass HD-ready screen, up to 12 hours of battery life and support for Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system with a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor.
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