Dual-core 10-inch Nokia Windows 8 tablet coming this year, rumor has it

This is hardly the first time when a rumor makes its way onto the Internet about a supposed Nokia tablet. But, understandably, this is the first time Windows 8 is mentioned as the tablet’s operating system.

So far we’ve had some rumbles about a Nokia tablet back in 2010 when it was going to run Windows 7, and even last year, when the OS was ‘switched’ to MeeGo. But Nokia still hasn’t launched a tablet (if we define that word like Apple has since 2010 – otherwise let’s not forget the Nokia Internet Tablet range from yesteryear).

The rumor du jour regarding the Nokia tablet says it will come this year. Well, it actually says there’s a chance that we’ll see it in the fourth quarter (we’re assuming it will be pushed to 2013 otherwise).

The Nokia tablet will run Windows 8, and it will have a 10-inch touchscreen and will come with a dual-core Qualcomm processor. The first batch of shipments is expected to be of 200,000 units, and it will be made by Compal.

So it looks like Nokia will be one of the first big companies to use the new Windows 8 on ARM chipsets. It makes sense that Nokia would wait until Windows 8 ships to have a tablet on the market. After all, Windows 8 will feature the touch-centric Metro UI which will undoubtedly work very well on tablets.

As for whether this rumor is accurate or not, we don’t know. It comes from DigiTimes, which isn’t always the most reliable source. That said, everything about this Nokia tablet seems very plausible to us, so it wouldn’t be surprising at all if the above will indeed happen. We’ll keep you posted.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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  • Walt French

    I don’t get it. 

    On Microsoft’s side, Win8 is scheduled for Q3; previews are said to be pretty robust. You’d think that both X86 and ARM hardware requirements are pretty well-defined.

    On Nokia’s, it’s pretty obvious they need a hit or two. Or ten. Being first with a Windows tablet would do LOTS to make up for their historical non-relationship with mobile carriers.

    Maybe the ARM spec calls for more than the foundries are cranking out? Maybe they’re waiting on Intel’s next-gen efforts?

    What could possibly be the reason for tablets not available for almost another year?