ESPOO, Finland ( TheStreet.com) -- Nokia's ( NOK) me-too netbook move is late, wrong and yet somehow a sign of revitalization. After months of speculation, the Finnish phone shop said Monday that it will sell a 10-inch mini-laptop with built-in 3G wireless access and 12 hours of battery life.
The company will be calling on its connections with phone companies that help pay hefty subsidies on the so called "Nokia Booklet 3G" device. The bigger the telco contribution, the more consumers will presumably opt for cheap PCs with two-year data service plans. Using its manufacturing partner Foxconn, Nokia is likely to get its name on devices in time for the holiday rush. But the puzzling lack of any special qualities seems to be a weak first step in Nokia's plan to catch up in mobile computing.