Nokia Sirius 10.1” Win RT Lumia tablet leaks. Looks great, but at $499, it’s going to fail
So the rumors were true. Nokia is indeed working on Windows RT based, 10.1” tablet codenamed Sirius.
When I first heard the rumors about it, I thought Nokia must be crazy to do a Windows RT tablet. After the Surface disaster and $900 million Microsoft’s loss, with every other vendor shunning Windows ARM OS, and still unable to make a dime on Windows Phone smartphones… Venturing into a completely unfamiliar, and highly risky product category, looked like a suicidal move by Nokia.
Now, that Microsoft decided to buy Nokia’s mobile business, Sirius tablet looks like a much more logical move.
In a few months, it will not be Nokia selling this tablet, it will be a division of Microsoft selling a device called Nokia Lumia Tab, or something. And even if the product flops, it doesn’t matter much. Microsoft badly needs to break through with Windows on ARM, and it doesn’t matter how much they have to spend to do it. With every other OEM shunning Windows RT, having two ARM tablets under two different brands, may look easier to Microsoft, than just trying to do it with Surface alone. And this time, hopefully, neither they nor Nokia will overestimate potential demand by a billion dollars.
Nokia Sirius specs look pretty good:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU
- 10.1” 1080p Full HD (1920×1080) IPS display
- LTE support
- 6.7 megapixel camera Carl Zeiss optics
- Up to 10 hours battery life
- Weight: 1.3 pounds, Thickness: .35”
- Nokia companion apps
- Multi-function cover with built-in battery
From everything above, Nokia Sirius looks pretty good. The problem is its price – $499. That’s way too much for Windows RT device.
$500 price tag was one of the main reasons Microsoft’s Surface RT failed last year. And nothing changed since then. If anything, competing Android tablets got even better and cheaper, making Nokia Sirius even less likely to succeed.
Source: Win Supersite