Report: Nokia netbook might cost $799

— 4:55 PM on August 25, 2009

Nokia may not be planning to spill the beans about its first netbook's specs and pricing until September 2, but that hasn't stopped rumor sites. claims to know for a fact that the Booklet 3G will launch at a whopping $799.

Another site, All About Symbian, adds that Nokia won't use a next-generation Atom system-on-a-chip as we suspected, either. Instead, the device will reportedly come with an Atom Z530 processor clocked at 1.6GHz. Netbooknews echoes that choice of processor, and it calls the 12-hour battery life claim "wishful thinking" in light of the quoted weight and thickness. See yesterday's story for those details.

So, assuming these stories are correct, who will buy a $799 netbook with a first-gen Atom processor? Netbooknews points out that Nokia has a strong distribution network, and it could saturate the market with Booklet 3G netbooks sold with lengthy phone-style contracts. The same people who might recoil at a $799 price tag may see nothing wrong with spending $30 a month for a sleek little netbook with 3G connectivity. (Thanks to Engadget for the links.)

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