updated 07:21 am EDT, Wed September 18, 2013
Microsoft looking to kill mythical Nokia tablet, Asha feature phones
Even though Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's devices and services division won't be completed until early 2014, the Redmond giant is already pushing Nokia to cancel some forthcoming devices. According to well-known Russian blogger, Microsoft is said to be acting as though it already owns the Finnish handset maker and is putting pressure on Nokia to drop its plans to launch the heavily rumored Sirius Windows RT tablet, and several other devices including Nokia's low-cost Asha devices that don't run either Windows Phone 7 or 8.
There are also said to be some disagreements over the details of exactly which of Nokia's assets will become Microsoft's when the transition is completed (subject to regulatory approvals). In the meantime, however, despite the lack of OEM's producing devices that support Microsoft's troubled Windows RT, Microsoft is pushing back against Nokia's impending tablet reveal. The timing of the Nokia RT tablet launch is thought to be in the same launch Window as Microsoft's planned Surface 2 reveal, suggesting that Microsoft believes that the Sirius tablet could be potentially distracting when it wants the media gaze solely on it hardware. Now that Microsoft is officially a devices and services company, it doesn't want unnecessary competition in what is currently a niche product segment.
The Surface 2 is scheduled to debut on September 23. In addition to a Windows RT device running the Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset, Microsoft is also expected reveal an updated Surface Pro that sports Intel 'Haswell' silicon, which could help it to be slimmer, lighter, yet still offer better battery performance. The Surface 2 is also expected to switch from a 10.6-inch 720p ClearType display to a 1080p display, but at this stage, there is no indication whether Microsoft will look to increase the resolution of the display on the already-1080p Pro variant. It is possible, though not confirmed, that Microsoft could shift to a Retina style high-res device. A new TypeCover with built-in rechargeable battery is also said to be among a range of new accessories accompanying the new tablets.