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.