Nokia's First Tablet Nears Market, to Boost Struggling Windows RT
August 16, 2013 7:17 PM
Leaked photos show the tablet in the wild
Considering its role as a pioneer of the smartphone, it's somewhat surprising that
) has never released what is considered by today's standards a true tablet. The OEM did produce a Linux-powered so-called "internet tablet" (the Nokia 770) back in 2005, but at 4-inches that was more of a PDA by today's standards.
Back in 2012 Nokia was rumored to be preparing a tablet powered by Microsoft Corp.'s (
. Rumored for a Q4 2012 launch, the tablet was reportedly going to feature an NVIDIA Corp. (
) Tegra processor and was
separately confirmed or hinted at
by two different Nokia executives
. That design was
rumored to be bumped to Q1 2013
as Nokia worked on a slick book-like battery-equipped
for the device.
But Q1 2013 came and went with no Nokia tablet, and this July
that the device was cancelled in favor of a full Windows 8 tablet design.
The alleged 10.1-inch Nokia Windows RT tablet [Image Source: Digi-wo.com]
Now it appears things have come full circle.
The latest leaked images from Chinese site
show a 10.1 inch cherry-red tablet branded with a Verizon Wireless (a joint venture between Vodafone Group Plc (
), Verizon Communications Inc. (
)) logo, a 4G LTE symbol, and a "Windows RT" logo.
that its sources near Nokia reveal that the new design uses a Qualcomm, Inc. (
) Snapdragon chip and will launch next month at an event in New York City.
Here's a quick list of what's rumored about the device:
Sept. 26 (tentative)
The spec is reportedly on par with
Microsoft's rumored upcoming Surface 2 RT
2.1 GHz Qualcomm
Snapdragon 800 quad-core
10.1 inch screen (1920x1080 pixel "full HD")
AT&T, Inc. (
Nokia's decision to go back to Windows RT is an interesting one. Microsoft is
still standing behind
the embattled ARM-based Windows platform,
as is Qualcomm
. But NVIDIA recently
reversed its earlier showing
attacking Microsoft and Windows RT
for allegedly hurting its earnings.
Most OEMs are fleeing from the platform. ASUSTek Computer, Inc. (
cancelled its plans
for a Windows RT tablet. The Lenovo Group, Ltd. (
discontinued the Yoga 11 RT
-- one of the few third party Windows RT devices that actually made it to market. Microsoft has
cut the price of RT licenses for OEMs
, but that has done little to stop the platform's chilly reception.
Back in June 2012 Microsoft launched its own slick looking Windows RT hardware --
. The move was meant to
prod tablet makers to up their game,
alienated some OEMs
. And things went to bad from worse when the
tablet missed sales expectations
, which OEMs took as a sign that even with slick hardware Windows RT devices couldn't succeed in the market.
The OEM exodus has left the Windows RT space wide open. On the other hand no Windows RT device -- not even Surface -- has produced enough volume to date to be a true force in the tablet market. It should be interesting to see if Nokia's decision to step aboard the struggling platform pays off or is the latest fizzle for Windows on ARM.
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