Microsoft and Nokia are like two peas in a pod lately—and have been so ever since they formally partnered up in February 2011. It’s no surprise, then, to see rumors floating around about an upcoming Windows 8-powered Nokia tablet. DigiTimes has the scoop:
Nokia will team up with Microsoft to venture into the tablet PC market by releasing a 10-inch Windows 8-based tablet PC set on Qualcomm’s dual-core platform in the fourth quarter of 2012 at the earliest, according to sources at upstream component suppliers.
Compal will manufacture the device, the site adds, and initial shipments will amount to 200,000 units.
When Windows 8 arrives later this year, Microsoft may find itself in the same position as it did after Windows Phone 7’s November 2010 debut: late to the party with a compelling platform but a dearth of hardware and native apps. The iPad will have been out for over two years by then. So, partners like Nokia may be needed to showcase Windows 8’s potential, especially on ARM hardware where legacy x86 apps won’t be supported.
Frankly, I like the look of Nokia’s Windows 8 phones. They’ve got this unique aesthetic that miraculously doesn’t fit the classic Samsung/HTC mold. And let’s not forget that Nokia has a reputation for sturdy, well-built handsets, as well. I think one can be reasonably hopeful about this upcoming tablet, if it indeed exists.