Lately, there’s been some talk regarding Nokia’s possible decision to create a tablet device running on Windows RT. Partners rumored to be involved include Compal Electronics and US chip maker, Qualcomm. The Finnish company has yet to give any official comment on the rumor, although that isn’t preventing all the speculations and gossips from piling up in recent weeks.
So far, the features and details that have been associated with the Nokia’s possible RT tablet include:
- A display screen that measures at 10.1 inches (The Verge)
- A surface-like keyboard cover packed with a kickstand and an internal charging battery. The latter will allegedly give the tablet an overall 10 hour battery life (ZDnet)
- HDMI and USB ports(CNET)
- An ARM based processor (The Verge)
- Cellular functionality, something which the current Microsoft’s Surface curiously lack. AT&T is rumored to be the first carrier (CNET).
- An appearance similar to Nokia’s Lumia handset (technews)
- A possible announcement at the Mobile World Conference event,and a potential March 2012 release (The Verge)
Although official numbers have not been revealed, it is not hard to fathom the struggles that the Surface tablet is currently experiencing—given the apparent slow adoption to Microsoft’s new platform. Nokia’s RT tablet might help to change the situation a bit, and spark the momentum necessary for future RT based tablets. According to relevant sources close to Bloomberg, HTC is also allegedly planning to release a 12.1-inch and 7-inch tablets powered by Windows RT. These are rumored to use Qualcomm’s chips, and may be released sometime during the third quarter of 2013.