Nokia is expected to have an 8-inch tablet next quarter.
Digitimes reports that Nokia plans to launch an 8-inch tablet called the Lumia 2020 in the first quarter of 2014. This tablet, following the Lumia 2520 that launches this week, will target the mid-range and high-end segment. Like its 10.1-inch brother, the Lumia 2020 “Illusionist” will likely sport Windows RT to help Microsoft populate that struggling segment of the tablet market.
Nokia’s upcoming 10.1-inch Lumia 2520 tablet will retail for $399 and feature an IPS screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 16 million colors, a pixel density of 218 and a luminance of 650 nits, protected by corning’s Gorilla Glass 2. This screen is backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core SoC clocked at 2.2 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, and a 8000 mAh battery promising 25 days max standby time.
The tablet will also provide 32 GB of internal storage, a microSD card for adding an additional 64 GB of storage, Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, NFC, and a USB 3.0 port. Other hardware specs include an ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Magnetometer, microHDMI output, 4G LTE connectivity, a 2MP camera on the front and a 6.7MP camera on the back. The tablet measures just 0.35 inches thin and weighs 21.70 ounces.
Unnamed sources claim that the smaller Nokia Lumia 2020 will be powered by the Snapdragon 800, feature a higher pixel density, and run faster. Previously this year the Lumia 2020 was believed to be smartphone with a 5 inch OLED screen with a 1280 x 768 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core chip, at least 3 GB of RAM, and at least 32 GB of internal storage. We're betting this unannounced tablet may sport the newer Snapdragon 805 slated for the second half of fiscal 2014, promising to address more than 4 GB of RAM.
In addition to the Nokia news, Digitimes also said that LG Electronics and Sony Mobile will likely continue to stay in the tablet market while rivals HTC, Motorola and BlackBerry will possibly choose to focus solely on the smartphone sector. Huawei and ZTE are also expected to step up their entry-level tablet efforts as well.