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Nokia's Windows RT Tablet Gets Detailed

By - Source: The Verge | B 9 comments

10.1-inch display said to be joined by a keyboard cover featuring a battery pack. Features 10-inch screen and Qualcomm's S4 processor.

Last Thursday brought rumors that Nokia was working on a Windows RT tablet. Though CES is just around the corner, the company was said to prepping the device for a Mobile World Congress launch in February of 2013. This week brings more information on the 10-inch Qualcomm-powered device.

According to The Verge, Nokia's Surface RT device will pack HDMI and USB support along with a 10.1-inch display that is said to be similar to the panel on Microsoft's own Surface RT tablet. The information comes from unnamed sources who spoke to the Verge on Monday. These sources say Nokia is focusing a lot of its energy on the cover of the device, which clicks into place and offers both a keyboard and a kickstand (just like Microsoft's Type Cover). However, this cover is also said to feature a battery pack, which would provide additional power for the tablet, along with two additional USB ports.

Digitimes last week reports that Nokia delayed its tablet due to Microsoft's surprise announcement of the Surface. The company apparently decided it would be best to focus more on smartphones based on the Windows Phone 8 platform. Back in March, Nokia's head of design Marko Ahtisaari said that the Finnish firm had a tablet currently in the works. He confirmed to a Finnish magazine: "We are working on it." The firm itself responded to the comments by the executive by stating: "We continue to eye the tablet space with interest but have made no specific announcements."

Mobile World Congress is scheduled kicks off in late February at its usual location of Barcelona, Spain.

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    jhansonxi , December 26, 2012 5:29 PM
    Hard to gauge potential without a price but it shouldn't be too difficult to beat Surface:
    http://bgr.com/2012/12/26/microsoft-surface-sales-christmas-2012-268839/
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    madooo12 , December 26, 2012 5:32 PM
    finally, a real tablet from one of the best electronics companies
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    kyuuketsuki , December 26, 2012 7:12 PM
    "These sources say Nokia is focusing a lot of its energy on the cover of the device, which clicks into place and offers both a keyboard and a kickstand (just like Microsoft's Type Cover)."

    Err... the Surface's kickstand is on the tablet itself, not the Type Cover (I don't even know how a kickstand on the cover would work). So is there going to be a kickstand on the tablet akin to the Surface's, or is there a mechanism for holding the tablet upright in the cover?
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    bystander , December 26, 2012 8:04 PM
    Kyuuketsuki"These sources say Nokia is focusing a lot of its energy on the cover of the device, which clicks into place and offers both a keyboard and a kickstand (just like Microsoft's Type Cover)."Err... the Surface's kickstand is on the tablet itself, not the Type Cover (I don't even know how a kickstand on the cover would work). So is there going to be a kickstand on the tablet akin to the Surface's, or is there a mechanism for holding the tablet upright in the cover?

    There are only 3 ways I can see it standing up right:
    1) The type cover is heavy enough, or close to as heavy as the tablet it self, so that it doesn't fall back.
    2) The type cover extends back beyond the tablet, perhaps something that flips out to make it extend past the tablet on a surface.
    3) The kickstand on the tablet itself.

    2 and 3 make the most sense, as you don't want to make it any heavier than it needs to be. 3 has the added benefit of letting it stand up right even without the type cover, which is what the Surface does.
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    alextheblue , December 26, 2012 9:41 PM
    bystanderThere are only 3 ways I can see it standing up right:1) The type cover is heavy enough, or close to as heavy as the tablet it self, so that it doesn't fall back.2) The type cover extends back beyond the tablet, perhaps something that flips out to make it extend past the tablet on a surface.3) The kickstand on the tablet itself.2 and 3 make the most sense, as you don't want to make it any heavier than it needs to be. 3 has the added benefit of letting it stand up right even without the type cover, which is what the Surface does.
    Although if it (the type cover-esque cover) does indeed have a battery, and they position the battery correctly, option 1 is still possible - if the tablet is lighter than the Surface (poly unibody rather than vapormg). We'll see. I personally like the stand, and I don't really care if it is in the tablet itself or in the cover (either seperate from the keyboard or attached). As long as the price is right - it's going to be really hard to charge $500 when a Surface is built so solidly.
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    CaedenV , December 26, 2012 10:17 PM
    I got my Nokia 920 so that I don't need to get a tablet, but if the build quality is anything like my 920 and I find that I need a tablet then I will be all over it. Nokia makes some good stuff!
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    Anonymous , December 27, 2012 12:15 AM
    I always think the market need more Windows Pro tablets in the market instead of RT. There are already many RT tablets everywhere, and they are not selling too well. Meanwhile, x86 tablets are rare. And some models such as Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro, or W700, can hardly be found anywhere. It is obvious that there are more people currently interested in x86 tablets which can run legacy desktop applications, despite them being heavier and has less battery life. Vendors should start looking at AMD APUs to see how they fit into this product category, and Intel should do more to improve power usage of their CPU.
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    fuzzion , December 27, 2012 2:48 AM
    CaedenV Nokia makes some good stuff!


    They made the 3210. It was shock proof, idiot proof, water proof, drop proof and could even microwave popcorns. Beat that !
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    hannibal , December 27, 2012 7:31 AM
    Yep, x86 Atom based Nokia Tablet would be much better and have more potential customers... IMHO
    Surface pro is nice machine but: very expensive, eats a lot of power (because of very powerfull CPU) It is more like a laptop with remoweable screen. There is a lot space between Surface pro and Surface RT.