It’s the rumor that never ends. While it’s been a few months since our last good Nokia tablet rumor, but the latest rumblings are that the Finnish manufacturer and close Microsoft partner plans to announce a Windows RT tablet during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which will take place February 25-28, 2013.
According to the report, the device will feature a 10-inch screen and run Windows RT, the ARM-based version of Windows 8. It will also be powered by a dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor. Nokia intendeds to dip its toes in the water with the production of 200,000 units, with more to come if it is successful. The device is expected to be made available through AT&T, among other stores, so a 4G connection probably isn’t out of the question. Plus, it would give the Nokia tablet a leg-up on the Surface, which the Finnish manufacturer tried to stay clear of by delaying the development of its own tablet.
Of course, the source of the rumor is DigiTimes, so take all of this with a grain of salt. That being said, even Nokia’s own CEO, Stephen Elop, has teased the device on occasion, so a Mobile World Congress launch isn’t out of the question.
[DigiTimes via The Verge]
Nokia is working on a 10-inch dual-core Windows 8 tablet, according to a report in DigiTimes. The Finnish manufacturer has expressed interest in creating a Windows 8 tablet for some time, but it has yet to actually confirm any plans to do so. Nokia is already leading the pack when it comes to Windows Phone, having amassed 30% of the market in just four months. What’s more, its upcoming handset, the Lumia 900, has managed to garner the interest of consumers and journalists alike.
The first details about Nokia’s Windows 8 tablet come by way of upstream component suppliers, which claim that the company plans to release a 10-inch Windows 8 tablet, powered by a dual-core Qualcomm processor, as early as this fall. The first batch of devices is believed to include more than 200,000 units.
Windows 8 is a great departure from past versions of Windows, both in terms of the user interface and the platform itself. The usability is much more akin to Windows Phone, with its Metro-inspired interface and live tiles. A Nokia-made tablet could be just the thing Microsoft needs to propel Windows back into the tablet market and heat up the competition.
[DigiTimes via The Verge]
Nokia has announced that it is working on a Windows 8 tablet for Microsoft. The tablet is tentatively scheduled for a June 2012 launch, which is much sooner than everyone had assumed. This news comes by way of Paul Amsellem, who was recently brought on to head Nokia France.
A Nokia tablet could be quite good, as the Finnish manufacturer is known for the excellent build quality of its devices. Even if the specs don’t blow the competition out of the water, the device is sure to be powerful enough to run Windows 8 without any difficulty.
Microsoft, of course, has yet to release any official information regarding the general availability of Windows 8, its latest and greatest operating system (OS). The Redmond software giant is still in the development process, and it is expected to deliver a beta version of the OS sometime around the CES in January. Most journalists and pundits agree, however, that the finished version of the operating system won’t start hitting tablets and PCs until at least Fall 2012.
If Amsellem is correct, Windows 8 might be further along than we’ve been led to believe. Microsoft needs to ship its next generation tablets as soon as possible, so we certainly hope this is true.
[Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows]