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Expect Nokia's Lumia tablet to look like a million bucks

Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V) is still financially recovering from a dismal 2011, but its sacrifice may be worth it.  The rejuvenated company is turning heads with sleek smartphone designs like the Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 Windows Phones.

Now one of its top executives has made the rumors (virtually) official -- it will enter the tablet market later this year.

Speaking to Finnish magazine Kauppalehti Optio, Nokia design chief Marko Ahtisaari confirmed, "We are working on it."

Humorously, Nokia's official spokesperson reused to give any information or repeat the confirmation on the coming device.

While Mr. Ahtisaari did not mention what operating system the tablet uses, Nokia's firm commitment to Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) makes it all but inevitable that the device will use Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system.  Reportedly Nokia's long expected tablet entry will have a  dual-core Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) ARM-architecture system-on-a-chip, likely one of the Snapdragon 4 variants, lurking inside and will have its internals designed by Taiwanese ODM Compal Electronics, Inc. (TPE:2324)

Nokia 10 inch tablet
Nokia is confirmed to be preparing a Lumia Windows 8 tablet.  [Image Source: The Verge]

The tablet market is a marvelous opportunity for Nokia.  Apple, Inc. (AAPL) is reportedly preparing to shatter sales records with its highly anticipated Retina display-equipped new iPad.  The budget end the Android-derivative Kindle Fire sold close to 5 million units in just 3 months.

That said, there's also substantial risk of disappointment.  Hewlett-Packard Comp.'s (HPQ) TouchPad saw terrible sales, prompting the company to kill the device and clearance off its stockpiles (which ironically caused a huge spike in sales).  Likewise, Canadian smartphone maker Research in Motion, Ltd.'s (TSE:RIM) debut tablet -- the PlayBook -- has been a major sales flop, causing the company to miss its earnings targets.

Source: Reuters

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By jimbojimbo on 3/15/2012 6:04:18 PM , Rating: 2
Why not get one of the various touch screen tablet PCs out there then and put Win8 on it? I want to get a new tablet but I've been holding out for a Win8 variety so I'm very eagerly anticipating any release news.

By jfish222 on 3/15/2012 11:08:46 PM , Rating: 3
Sadly "any tablet" won't due.
If you're referring to the arm flavor the current crop, they prob won't have driver's released for win8 (arm edition), though if the hardware is supported a rom community might spring fourth . . .

Realistically though its a very locked down platform in terms of ARM hardware.

As for x86, nothing on the market at the moment worth getting.
"i" series tablets are heavy and/or battery restricted, depending on what compromises you're willing to make.

Atom on the other hand . . . well lets just say its a bit under powered for an x86 option but to power hungry to compare to arm. Fortunately this should change with the Clover Trail platform. x86 perks with less of the power hit = less of a trade off.

Moral of the story - win 8 is a next gen OS and will not benefit as a tablet until next gen hardware is released (and manufacturers are timing thing to ensure exactly that!)

By jfish222 on 3/15/2012 11:18:22 PM , Rating: 2
Almost forgot - Ivey Bridge "i" series tablets should also improve on the power/weight ratio issue. So again, next gen hardware to better fit the usage model.

Emphasis on should . . .

As Intel's next gen process ramps up lower power chips will be released. This being a "tick" a die shrink on the same basic architecture will mean lower thermals and power at a reasonable clock speed. Its just a matter of how quickly the process matures.
(Sorry folks, physics is going to get in the way of 3.4ghz at 10watts, but >1ghz at 13 watts will still be incredible.)

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