Windows 8 running Nokia tablet expected Q4
Microsoft and Finnish giant rumoured to be teaming up for dual-core slate
Published: 13 March, 2012
Rumours of a Nokia tablet have been floating around for a long time but the latest one to emerge seems the most likely yet. According to the sometimes reliable DigiTimes Nokia is working on a tablet which will be released in Q4 this year running Microsoft's new Windows 8 OS. The source of the whispers are upstream component suppliers who claim that Nokia is going to outsource production to Compal Electronics with a first the batch of tablets totalling over 200,000.
With Nokia and Microsoft's successful, at least critically, collaboration on Windows Phone handsets the Finnish giant seems like the obvious choice to adopt the next version of Windows on a tablet. While it isn't Windows Phone 8 it will share the distinctive tiled interface that WP7 users are so used to. Not a lot is known about what kind of specs it's going to feature except that it's going to have a dual-core processor and a 10" display.
Last week details emerged of two new Nokia handsets which will also be released later this year, the Prodigy and the AC/DC. One mid-range and the other a high-end device their launch looks set to coincide with the release of Windows Phone 8.
Nokia has been quite open about its intentions to make a tablet but not so much on what form that tablet would take. However it has promised to make it a device that's uniquely Nokia, something which it has achieved with its Windows Phone range of handsets. Rumours of a Windows 8 tablet stretch back to last year though recent chatter that one would be released as soon June this year seem a bit implausible.
While it would be great to see this one in Q4 the report does indicate that this is the earliest that it could launch, so it's possible it may be quite a while before it sees the light of day.