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Rumor argues Nokia working on iPad rival

updated 02:50 pm EDT, Tue April 6, 2010

Analyst claims Nokia tablet may show this fall

Nokia is developing a new tablet that would compete with the iPad, Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar claimed in a currently questionable note. He didn't describe the form factor but said the Finnish phone maker was hoping to have a tablet on the market as early as the fall. His only confidence was that any entry was unlikely to compete with Apple or other major rivals.

"I'm not holding my breath on this one," he said.

Kumar has a mixed track record with advance leaks, accurately calling low Palm Pre production but only some of the facts right on the Google-branded phone, which was actually made by a third-party and eventually became the Nexus One.

Also, Nokia is no stranger to tablets, having produced the N700 and N800 series in the past several years, but has shied away from them in recent months. The N900 reverted to a traditional smartphone form factor, and the Booklet 3G netbook has so far had little traction compared to cheaper and often similarly performing rivals.

Plans for a tablet may be incidentally supported by Nokia's alliance with Intel for MeeGo, a hybrid of Maemo and Moblin Linux. It should have a touchscreen-friendly interface and should work with both ARM and Intel processors, giving Nokia the option of trading x86 compatibility for battery life.

By Electronista Staff


  1. lolcat789

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    It will probably kill the iPad.

    Let's face it, Nokia was first with the tablets that are pocketable, and will beat apple at their own game. I own an N800 and I find it to be better than the iPhone forms. So long as Nokia remains price competitive and keeps the quality found in their tablets, the iPad is in serious danger. Obviously, Nokia will take cues from the iPad/iPhone (hopefully using a better interface).

  1. RoosterJuice

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    let's hope it is as AWESOME as the n-gage!

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001



    So some analyst with questionable repute claims Nokia is developing some tablet the HOPE might be available.

    And he isn't holding his breath, which means he isn't even sure what he says is true.

    So why the h*** is he telling everyone? And why is MacNN repeating it?

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Let's See That Again ...

    Rumor argues Nokia working on iPad rival

    "His only confidence was that any entry was unlikely to compete with Apple or other major rivals."

    A rival that doesn't compete with its rivals.

    That should send their stock soaring.

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