Nokia may serve up WinRT tablet next year

For better or for worse, Nokia has become a stalwart champion of Microsoft’s Windows Phone software. Now, rumor has it the Finnish phone maker may be cooking up a Windows RT tablet, too—and the device could premiere in a couple of months.

DigiTimes reports that Nokia "is likely to unveil the model" at next year’s Mobile World Congress, which is taking place in Barcelona on February 25-28. The site’s sources claim Nokia had plans for such a device before, but those plans were postponed after Microsoft announced its own Surface tablet.

The delayed Nokia device reportedly featured a 10-inch display and a Qualcomm S4 processor, and Nokia had tapped Compal to mass-produce it. DigiTimes doesn’t say if the specs have changed, but it claims Nokia has spoken with Qualcomm and Compal about "cooperation . . . to resume development" of the device.

If Nokia does release a Windows RT tablet, I hope it shoots for a lower price point than others have so far. Microsoft’s own Surface starts at $499, and the cheapest alternative listed on Newegg is the $549 VivoTab RT (which, to its credit, does come with a free keyboard dock if users register online). That’s still awfully pricey when you can get an iPad for $500—or a Nexus 10 for $399.

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    • moog
    • 7 years ago

    On the other hand, all the other Asian laptop and tablet device manufacturers have defected to Google. Good luck Finns.

    • cartman_hs
    • 7 years ago

    I like nokia’s hardware as they are well-known for reliability and durability, but RT? why???

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      Because this once-proud, former technology leader is now nothing more than Microsoft’s b!itch, that’s why.

        • no51
        • 7 years ago

        what’s a blitch?

          • dpaus
          • 7 years ago

          An anorexic female crepe with sauce all over it.

            • no51
            • 7 years ago

            I thought that was a crunte?

            • dpaus
            • 7 years ago

            They’re both a fast, cheap thrill, just don’t get caught eating one.

      • trackerben
      • 7 years ago

      Nokia makes better hardware than most droids, as good as Apple yet more flexible. Windows RT is a better tablet OS design than Android and is superior to iOS in a few ways. But as a platform for apps it is lacking. iPads are the better choice for consumers, for now. This from a senior Microsoft engineer on the Windows side..

        • BabelHuber
        • 7 years ago

        Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop took two years to convert Nokia from a market leader with severe problems into a loss-making niche player who’s survival is in doubt.

        Since this achievement seemingly was not bad enough, he now releases a tablet with an OS that does not sell – MS itself has cut its own preorders for Surface RT in half, from 4 Million in 2012 to only 2 million (just compare this with iOS or Android tablet sales).

        So, Nokia would have to sell these unwanted devices into a market where it doesn’t have a sales channel – Tablets may be technically close to smartphones, but they are sold like PCs (directly to customers), not like smartphones (mostly subsidized via carrier contracts).

        This is the plan of a genious, really!

          • trackerben
          • 7 years ago

          To be fair to Elop, he wasn’t long at Nokia when Microsoft’s RT team was cooking things. It took Ballmer’s authority to even get Surface past the development stage. But without Ballmer to hold the Windows teams and without Elop to push Nokia through transition, WP8 Lumias and RT Surfaces wouldn’t have happened. It took Bill Gates’ genius to grow such a dysfunctional culture and still make It work for the commodity PC business model.

          But now it’s a platform game where business and developer relationships are at the forefront in capturing transformed consumer markets. Microsoft has few incumbent advantages here and yet Ballmer’s tablet teams are unaccountably late to the game, while Elop is burdened with cycling out Nokia’s legacy platforms. It takes more than smarts to win here and none of these guys strike me as visionary yet ruthless streakers on the level of Gates or Jobs. They will need lots of luck to bring about success.

            • BabelHuber
            • 7 years ago

            Well, Elop is at least ruthless: He fired tens of thousands of Nokia employees worldwide and closed all European factories.

            But you are right, he lacks understanding of the smartphone market. That’s why Nokia went from a market leader with problems to a niche player which struggles for survival in just two years.

            I guess this is a record for any market leader in any business so far, so at least he set some kind of record 🙂

            Ballmer OTOH most likely will be remembered as the CEO who killed Microsoft’s dominance.

            Windows 8 can perhaps be rescued, they just need to make ‘Modern UI’-Apps run in regular windows, bring back the classic start menu and/or add an option to have the taskbar visible in the ‘Modern UI’ start screen.

            For Windows RT and WP8 I don’t see any chance of success anymore, though: Sales seem just too low to gain any traction in the market.

            But the final numbers for Q4 2012 won’t be out before the end of January, so we have to wait until then before we can make a final conclusion.

            • trackerben
            • 7 years ago

            Oh i thought he was more desperate than ruthless. The way you put he is heavy in both. He knows Microsoft and knows what could happen if Nokias hitches its fortunes to the output of the bands of warring brothers at Microsoft. He should still have an inside track to the WP8 and RT teams and know their true status, something good we don’t know. But they sure don’t have any margin for failure, they need to increase WP8 uptake before it ll turns into a mostly Google market with Apple commanding the mid to high-end ecosystems and media market.

            Windows 8 will do fine, the next version will as usual be rushed forward to make up for its marketing deficiencies anyway. Microsoft like IBM is the last man standing in its computing corner, and it is going to capitalize and milk the market into the foreseeable future just like their old partners. Ballmer may wind up as Microsoft’s Akers, the last IBM insider who attempted to transform Big Blue by spinning off and restructuring its core units and going into new markets but was retired by the board before he could finish.

            But Ballmer won’t be out unless Gates wants his friend to step sideways. Then most likely Gates will come out of the shadows where he has been wielding more influence on development and name another successor. No one else has the tech gravitas and has the memory of his wrath burned into the minds of enough mid-level managers to get their collective cooperation.

            • Chrispy_
            • 7 years ago

            Windows 8 can be rescued by making it a corporate version of it that isn’t a joke.

            I don’t know the exact figures but I would imagine that 80% of Microsoft’s revenue comes from corporate Windows/Server/Office/Exchange + CAL’s

            [b<]What microsoft has done by releasing Windows 8 is bitten the hand that feeds it.[/b<]

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    Dear tech news sites,

    Tablets and smartphones share about 90% of the same tech DNA. Every single smartphone manufacturer is almost assuredly going to release a tablet as well using the favorite OS of the manufacturer. This is never news.

    Please report about innovations in obvious products to come rather than the fact it will happen.

    Best regards,

    Captain Obvious

      • no51
      • 7 years ago

      *except when it pertains to Apple. Then rumors about rumors are okay, as well as announcements about announcements.

        • jdaven
        • 7 years ago

        Fifty-one times NO!!!

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      Dear tech news sites respondent,

      Thank-you for your concern. We direct your attention to the fact that tablets and smartphones are currently high-priority items in the technology market, and thus relevant to “tech news sites.” We can expand upon the meaning of those three words for your benefit in case the implication isn’t obvious. Our resident linguistics guru, Ms. Merriam Webster, can be reached at her usual desk number. However, she was seen sharpening her Nun Ruler this morning, so don’t tease.

      In the meantime, have you considered the vast array of other news we have to offer? Ultrabooks, power supplies, system guides, cooling modifications…well, the list goes on. If your interests do not lie in the latest product and technology developments in tablets and smartphones (and our best market research indicates that many people want such content), perhaps the other ninety percent of the Internet contains things that may better occupy your time.

      Best &c.,
      Tech News Sites

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]Please report about innovations in obvious products to come rather than the fact it will happen.[/quote<] Agreed, we don't need any iOS device news on TR.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      Dear Captain Obvious:

      How are you? No, wait, that’s Obvious too.

      If the technologies are soooooo close to each other that it’s Obvious that every cellphone maker will be bringing out a tablet, then why haven’t all the low-end tablet makers also brought out cellphones?

      I’m sure the answer is Obvious, but, please – humour us.

      much love,

      Tech Sites

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