Nokia is reportedly planning a Nokia Windows RT tablet to be revealed at February’s MWC event, according to the latest internet rumours.
Taiwanese website DigiTimes claims that Nokia is now resuming work on its Windows Phone tablet project after a period of inactivity.
The report claims that Nokia initially intended to launch a 10-inch tablet running on Windows RT – Microsoft’s stripped-back version of Windows 8 for tablet devices – back in the first quarter of 2012. The device would have run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor, and it had even got to the point of agreeing an initial batch of 200,000 units with manufacturer Compal Electronics in order to “test the market.”
So what happened? The Microsoft Surface happened.
“Because Microsoft later announced Surface, and the market for Windows 8/RT tablets needed to be proven, Nokia internally focused on smartphones, and delayed the development of the 10-inch Windows RT tablet,” claims the report.
Now it appears that the Nokia tablet is back on. The report claims that Nokia is in talks to unveil its plans at the Mobile World Congress even in Barcelona from February 25.
While sales have been far from stellar for Windows RT tablets up to this point, Nokia is said to be “evaluating ordered volumes and has not yet decided on its marketing plans.”
There have been numerous rumours of a Nokia tablet for several years now, dating back to before it took the radical decision to adopt Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform as its own.
Back in October we reported on the Nokia Senna – a planned tablet running on Nokia’s own MeeGo OS. This would have effectively looked and performed like a giant Nokia N9, which itself went on to closely inform the design of the Nokia Lumia range, including the Nokia Lumia 920.
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It’s said that the Senna was pretty much ready for production, so could we see elements of its design reappear with Windows RT on board?