Nokia Tablets Patents Surface
March 16, 2011 9:55 AM
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Patents filed in May 2010, fate unknown
Now that the tablet market
has stretched its legs
, all those who waited on the sidelines are eager to jump in.
, Nokia filed for patents for two tablet devices of its own.
embattled Finnish company
, which recently announced
a strategic partnership with Microsoft
, applied for the patents back in May 2010. The United States Patent and Trademark Office just published the documents, though the timing implies that the two devices are scrapped MeeGo-powered devices that never made it to see the light of day.
Still, nothing is confirmed, and the possibility that either (or both) of these tablets will go into production is still there.
Both devices are thin, touch-only slates with a single identifiable button. One seemingly takes its design cues from
the Nokia N8
, with its curved body. The other is more conventional, with a U-shaped shell. Though the dotted lines in the rendering are outside the patent, they suggest that both devices would come equipped with a 3.5-mm headphone jack, a pair of USB ports, a card reader, and possibly an HDMI-out.
The timing of the filing suggests that Nokia was responding to Apple's original iPad launch. Nokia is no stranger to tablets, but past efforts have been thick and keyboard-driven.
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3/16/2011 1:35:09 PM
Scrapped MeeGo sounds right. I guess they could make it to market, but what would they run? It's not going to be Symbian or Android.
Windows 7 Mobile for Tablets? I think Nokia/Microsoft don't want to get caught sleeping again, so maybe?
3/16/2011 10:37:43 PM
But how long til we see Nokia devices?
6 months, a year?
"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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