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Nokia Rumored to Release Windows 8 Tablet in 4Q12

By - Source: DigiTimes | B 17 comments

Nokia may be launching a Windows on ARM tablet when the OS launches later this year.

Those notorious unnamed upstream component suppliers who like to dish out rumor after rumor now claim that Nokia will introduce a Windows 8 tablet in 4Q12. The tablet will reportedly feature a 10-inch screen and a dual-core Qualcomm SoC. Naturally that means the gadget will sport Windows on ARM, the non-x86/64 version of Windows 8 that Microsoft insists will go retail along with the x86/64 version this fall.

According to the sources, Nokia is expected to outsource production of the 10-inch tablet to Compal Electronics. The first batch of shipments should top around 200,000 units, yet Nokia may find itself needing more given the pre-Holiday Season timeframe. Will Windows 8 products be a hot commodity for holiday shoppers? It's a possibility if the OS itself doesn't see a delay.

By the third quarter of 2012, if rumors at true, Google's 7-inch Nexus tablet should already be on the market, gearing up for additional sales thanks to high demand and possible pre-holiday app/music/book/movie discounts. Amazon will likely be in the same boat, duking it out with Google in the $199 arena using its 2nd-generation Kindle Fire. Apple might even have a smaller, more affordable iPad in that same timeframe. On top of all of that, Windows 8-based tablets are slated to arrive in both x86/64 and ARM-based form factors.

That said, Nokia's presence in the Windows on ARM assault will reportedly give Microsoft an additional dose of strength against Google, Amazon and Apple in the 2012 tablet arena. Yet Nokia's presence is also expected to further intensify competition among non-Apple tablet vendors including Asus, Acer, Motorola and more. As with the Android market where vendors are trying to become the One True iPad Rival, the same will hold true in the Windows 8 tablet market, now spiced up even more with Nokia's presence.

This isn't the first time we've heard about a Nokia tablet. The company first talked about the form factor back in 2010, saying it would sport Microsoft's Windows 7 OS. Then in 2011 the company said the tablet would use MeeGo instead. But now that Nokia and Microsoft are the best of buddies on the smartphone front, it makes sense that Nokia would switch over to the extremely touchy Windows on ARM platform and try to serve as Microsoft's champion.

Other manufacturers lined up to offer Windows 8 tablets include Dell which plans to offer a business-based version at launch. HP is reportedly working on both Intel-based and AMD-based versions. Whether any of these Windows 8 tablet solutions will fully rival Apple's iPad tablet line remains to be seen.

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    zzz_b , March 13, 2012 3:13 PM
    Not a Windows fan, but the more choices the better!
    Curious about both Win and Linux/GNU touch capabilities.
    Hope they will match iOS and Android, or even better, faster response times.
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    EDVINASM , March 13, 2012 3:21 PM
    In general response time relies on hardware (CPU/GPU/APU.. and the touchscreen type itself). Windows 8 devices should sport high spec hardware, hence touch screen experience should be very fluid.
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    __-_-_-__ , March 13, 2012 3:34 PM
    by then nokia fills bankrupt.
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    Memnarchon , March 13, 2012 3:50 PM
    We saw from microsoft (a week ago) 1ms touchscreen probably for tablets with windows 8 and now this. Coincidence?...
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    kartu , March 13, 2012 3:56 PM
    HTC can make Windows phones and Android phones.
    Samsung can make Windows phones as well as Android phones.

    Yet Nokia, the #1 (still) manufacturer can not make both Android and Windows phones. And "obviously" it has nothing to do with the fact, that it's current CEO is a former Microsoft employee...

    /facepalm
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    classzero , March 13, 2012 4:06 PM
    I am looking forward to windows 8 tablets, absolutely not interested in a windows 8 tablet where the chip can not run all windows software.
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    BSMonitor , March 13, 2012 4:49 PM
    Windows on ARM, what a joke. And it's supposed to compete against iOS. Better get the Atom version out quick if there to be any performance out of those things.....
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    jaber2 , March 13, 2012 4:57 PM
    Microsoft can pump more money into Nokia, for as long as it needs to get it right, MS it is still getting patent money from makers of android devices.
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    jhansonxi , March 13, 2012 6:51 PM
    kartuHTC can make Windows phones and Android phones.Samsung can make Windows phones as well as Android phones.Yet Nokia, the #1 (still) manufacturer can not make both Android and Windows phones. And "obviously" it has nothing to do with the fact, that it's current CEO is a former Microsoft employee.../facepalm
    For some reason they still can make a Symbian phone (like the recent model with the high-resolution camera).
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    killerclick , March 13, 2012 7:23 PM
    Windows 8 is going to fail because it doesn't have any advantages on tablets over iOS or Android and it's forcing desktop users to use a tablet UI (Metro). It's all about money of course. Microsoft is trying to turn the PC into a kiosk/console that runs preapproved apps from the Microsoft app store (Microsoft gets 30% share of app sales and ad revenue from ad-supported apps). But we get pretty tiles, so I guess it's okay?
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    kartu , March 13, 2012 7:55 PM
    jhansonxiFor some reason they still can make a Symbian phone (like the recent model with the high-resolution camera).

    So cool of the CEO guy not to kill Symbian phones (which are officially scheduled to cease to exist anyway) overnight. This realy defeats original argument.
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    SteelCity1981 , March 13, 2012 8:48 PM
    Windows 8 good for tablets bad for pc's I've been nessing around with the preview fro some time now and i'm on it write nowe as i type this and i'm still yet to get my head wrapped around this metro ui. It's not functional on a pc especially on a desktop in which i'm using now and getting rid of the start menu was a major setback imo. So much so i downlaoded Start8 to get the start menu back because i use it a lot.
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    back_by_demand , March 13, 2012 9:09 PM
    Want an x86 version, otherwise what's the point? May as well get an Android tablet if all my existing software is useless.
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    loomis86 , March 13, 2012 9:09 PM
    For Nokia's sake, I hope their tablet is better than the android tablets.
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    alextheblue , March 13, 2012 10:37 PM
    ClasszeroI am looking forward to windows 8 tablets, absolutely not interested in a windows 8 tablet where the chip can not run all windows software.
    A lot of potential tablet buyers don't need backwards compatibility. So I think Windows 8 ARM has a strong future in the less expensive tablets. But I agree, if I eventually get a Win8 tablet it's probably going to have a low power x86 chip. Like Brazos-T or Samara.
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    mrmez , March 14, 2012 2:06 AM
    Super late to the party. Hope they come up with something great. Not because i like Nokia, i hate them, but competition is always good, right.

    In all honestly, i bet my salary it won't be great. An average product at an average price. It will gain minimal market share initially and struggle for growth as competition increases. Within 5 years id expect them to drastically restructure or cease production completely.
    Of course it doesn't help that every new release of windows has historically been a hit and miss affair.
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    Anonymous , March 14, 2012 5:18 AM
    There's going to be alot of windows 8 tablets released pretty much at the same time. Considering that, I don't think Nokia will be successful with their tablet.