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Leaked photos show the tablet in the wild

Considering its role as a pioneer of the smartphone, it's somewhat surprising that Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V) 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 (MSFTWindows RT.  Rumored for a Q4 2012 launch, the tablet was reportedly going to feature an NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA) 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 keyboard cover for the device.

But Q1 2013 came and went with no Nokia tablet, and this July sources told The Verge that the device was cancelled in favor of a full Windows 8 tablet design.

Nokia Windows RT tablet
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 Digiwo show a 10.1 inch cherry-red tablet branded with a Verizon Wireless (a joint venture between Vodafone Group Plc (LON:VOD), Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ)) logo, a 4G LTE symbol, and a "Windows RT" logo.

The Verge is reporting that its sources near Nokia reveal that the new design uses a Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM) 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:
  • Codename: Vanquish
  • Launch Date: Sept. 26 (tentative)
  • OS: Windows 8.1

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")
  • Ports:
    • USB 3.0 
    • Micro-HDMI
  • Connectivity
    • 802.11 b/g/n
    • LTE
  • U.S. Carriers
    • AT&T, Inc. (T)
    • Verizon Wireless
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 of support, attacking Microsoft and Windows RT for allegedly hurting its earnings.

Most OEMs are fleeing from the platform.  ASUSTek Computer, Inc. (TPE:2357) recent cancelled its plans for a Windows RT tablet.  The Lenovo Group, Ltd. (HKG:0992) 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 -- Surface RT.  The move was meant to prod tablet makers to up their game, but it 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.

Sources: Digi-Wo, The Verge, Microsoft News



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RT will catch on.
By crispbp04 on 8/19/2013 8:47:21 AM , Rating: 2
Just give it time. 8.1 is a huge upgrade on my surface RT. My only complaint is hardware and this iteration will be significantly faster than Surface RT. I may trade in my surface pro for this Nokia tab.




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