Nokia rumored to be prepping 10-inch Windows RT tablet for February debutAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
The rumors of an upcoming Nokia tablet have bubbled to the surface again, this time with the claim that we may actually see the device pop into reality in the next couple of months. A new report from Digitimes claims that Nokia has been in talks with Microsoft, Qualcomm and Compal Electronics to restart development of a 10-inch slate running Windows RT, a device that Nokia previously put on hold due to Microsoft's Surface announcement and its desire to see how the market for Win RT slates played out. The Taiwanese supply chain sources claim that this Nokia-made tablet could be unveiled at Mobile World Congress, which is scheduled to go down from Feb. 25 through Feb. 28.
More rumblings of a Nokia tablet have been popping up this morning, as Engadget claims to have sources that back "the gist of this rumor," and The Verge has reportedly been told that AT&T is planning to make room on its shelves for a Nokia slate sometime next year. Nokia executives have also teased the company's tablet plans in the past, with Nokia design head Marko Ahtisaari claiming to have spent a third of his time on a new tablet and former Nokia Chairman Jorma Ollila claiming back in May that the firm planned to release a range of tablets and smart devices.
While this Nokia tablet is still very much unconfirmed at this point, the Finnish company's partnership with Microsoft, its commitment to Windows software and the previous statements of some of its execs seem to play in this rumor's favor. I'm sure Microsoft wouldn't mind seeing another Windows RT tablet hit the market, and there are likely many folks out there that'd like to see just what kind of tablet Nokia is capable of cooking up. Would a Nokia-made Windows RT tablet pique your interest?