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Nokia tipped for Windows 8 tablet using Snapdragon in fall

updated 08:50 am EDT, Mon March 12, 2012

Nokia may join Windows 8 tablet race by late 2012

Nokia's repeated hints of tablet plans might come to fruition if rumors circulating Monday are accurate. The Finnish firm was said by Digitimes' usual part supplier sources to be readying a 10-inch Windows 8 tablet using a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Compal would build the tablet, which wouldn't be in stores until late 2012 "at the earliest," the tipsters claimed.

Expectations for demand would be modest at best. An initial production run would amount to just 200,000 units, or just slightly more than the number of iPads Apple sells in one day, based on its fall results. While production could scale up, it would imply that Nokia was experimenting, much as it did with the Booklet 3G netbook.

While still unconfirmed, it would corroborate executive remarks mentioning a Windows 8 tablet in the works. The company had also patented tablet designs that showed it was at least thinking about tablets over a year ago. Nokia's CEO has usually said he didn't want to produce a tablet unless Nokia could offer something unique.

Going to ARM would parallel Nokia's existing smartphone focus, but would also carry inherent limits. It will get only partial desktop support and won't handle plugins like Intel-based versions. Nokia wouldn't have the attachment to legacy Windows apps of traditional PC builders, but it will also be trying to offer a tablet with a new, untested OS in conditions where Android and the iPad currently dominate the market.

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By Electronista Staff
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  1. tundaman

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    Joined: Mar 2010

    +2

    Killer Product

    200.000 units of Windows 8 ARM tablet, with limited desktop support, no plug-ins, tentatively to be released at the end of 2012(couple of months before next gen iPad)... Now THAT's got to be a killer product, right?!

  1. perthdave

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    Joined: Nov 2007

    +5

    Give up

    The race is over

  1. Foe Hammer

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    Joined: Feb 2005

    +3

    Snapdragon?

    If they're going with flowers, in the next rev they'll be pushing up Daisies.

  1. DaJoNel

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    Joined: Aug 2010

    0

    Please.

    Windows is a desktop operating system, no matter what Microsoft or others may claim. Plus, a device that clunky can hardly be considered portable.

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