Nokia was working on a tablet powered by the MeeGo operating system, a new interview reveals, but decided to shelve it – along with MeeGo – in order to start making Windows Phone devices.
The interview, part of a long article about the MeeGo platform on Finnish website Taskumuro, reveals a great deal about the doomed tablet, codenamed Senna.
For starters, Senna looked like a giant Nokia N9 phone – no bad thing, because the N9 was a fantastic-looking handset, and inspired the polycarbonate-bodied, curved-screen Lumia Windows models that are among the best-engineered smartphones on the market today. The Senna would have resembled a blown-up version of these.
The tablet was based on ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor U8500 platform, with two ARM Cortex A9 cores, an ARM Mali 400 GPU and an HSPA modem all installed on the same chip. A camera on the rear shot 1080p video, and the user interface was a public version of MeeGo and very much reminiscent of the N9’s UI.
A working sample of Senna was presented to Nokia boss Stephen Elop, who reportedly heaped praise upon it. So it may well have ended up going into production, had Nokia not inked a deal with Microsoft and decided that MeeGo didn’t make sense for them anymore.
While the Senna might be a tablet-that-never-was, MeeGo itself is still around. Finnish startup Jolla, a company founded by ex-Nokia employees, is continuing to work with the OS and plans on bringing smartphones based on the MeeGo platform to market soon.
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