Nokia's 'Sirius' Windows RT tablet appears in new image [UPDATED]Alex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Lately there have been two pieces of unannounced Nokia hardware that have been dominating the rumor mill. The first is the Lumia 1520, which is expected to be one of the first phone/tablet hybrids in the Windows Phone ecosystem, and the second is Nokia's long-rumored tablet. The leaks are continuing on today, as a new image of that Nokia tablet has made its way online.
Paul Thurrott of WinSuperSite shared the image you see above this morning, which shows a large red slab with a camera on its read and buttons on its sides. There's no Nokia branding to be found, but the image does line up with some previously-leaked photos of red tablet with "Nokia" and "Windows RT" logos.
In addition to this render, Thurrott has shed some light on this Nokia tablet's spec list. The slate is said to be codenamed "Sirius" and will reportedly come to market with a 10.1-inch 1920x1080 display, 6.7-megapixel rear camera, quad-core Qualcomm 8974 (Snapdragon 800) processor and a keyboard cover accessory that may provide a boost to the device's 10 hours of battery life. The device is expected to weigh 1.3 pounds and come in at 0.35 inches thick. Pricing will purportedly be set at $499.
Rumors of a Nokia tablet have been kicking around for some time now, but it appears that the Finnish firm is finally ready to put an end to the speculation and actually get such a device in stores. It's good to see that Nokia is extending the colorful design of its Lumia range to this tablet, and so far the device's specs sound impressive enough, though the fact that it's running Windows RT rather than full-on Windows 8 is likely to turn some folks off.
The good news is that it may not be long before we get to try out Nokia's tablet for ourselves, as recent reports have suggested that the device will be introduced (along with the aforementioned Lumia 1520) at an event on Sept. 26. You'd better prepare yourselves for some big new hardware, Nokia fans.
UPDATE: WPCentral has chimed in on today's report with a couple of its own extra tidbits. The site claims that AT&T will release Nokia's "Sirius" tablet in early November and that it will have a limited period of exclusivity on the device. Verizon is expected to begin selling the slate after this period is up.
WPCentral also touched on the other Nokia device that's expected to debut on Sept. 26, the Nokia Lumia 1520. As with the Sirius tablet, the Lumia 1520 is expected to hit AT&T in early November, reportedly with a 3400mAh battery in tow.