Nokia could announce a 10-inch tablet running Windows RT during Mobile World Congress 2013, which takes place in Barcelona at the end of February. Apparently, the Finnish mobile device maker has spoken to well known Taiwanese ODM Compal, Microsoft, as well as chip maker Qualcomm about resuming development of the tablet that was first rumored back in March.
So this is probably the exact same tablet we’re talking about right now. It just may be launched with a delay. MWC is where we’ll first see it, according to “Taiwan-based supply chain makers” quoted by DigiTimes.
Nokia suspended the development of its first Windows tablet because Microsoft announced Surface and also since it wasn’t clear if there was actually going to be a market for tablets running Windows RT. Now the Surface RT has been selling for a few weeks, but it hasn’t extensively proven that there is heavy demand for such a device. At least not yet. But maybe the Surface’s lack of success is more due to limited distribution than anything else, and Nokia is hoping that its distribution prowess (or what’s left of it) will help in this regard.
Interestingly, the Nokia tablet is supposed to feature a dual-core Qualcomm processor, unlike Microsoft’s Surface RT which uses an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core chip.
Initially, Nokia ordered 200,000 units from Compal, but now after the resurrection of its tablet plans the company hasn’t yet decided on how many to ask its partner to manufacture in the first batch.
As with all rumors originating at these infamous supply chain sources in Taiwan, take all of this with a heavy dose of salt. We’ll let you know if any more information surfaces.
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