Nokia Windows 8 Qualcomm tablet tipped for Q4

Chris Davies - Mar 12, 2012, 4:52am CDT
Nokia Windows 8 Qualcomm tablet tipped for Q4

Nokia will launch its first Windows 8 tablet in Q4 2012, insiders have suggested, a 10-inch Windows-on-ARM machine using a dual-core Qualcomm chipset as the company looks to expand beyond smartphones. The move, tipped by DigiTimes sources among component suppliers claim, is expected to buoy Microsoft’s position against Android tablet manufacturers, with the slate most likely to be powered by a Snapdragon S4 “Krait” chipset such as inside the Windows 8 developer hardware Qualcomm handed out last month. Update: Nokia statement after the cut.

Compal is expected to be Nokia’s manufacturing partner, with the Finns expected to see over 200,000 units in their first shipment.

The narrowness of Nokia’s current product range in relation to those from Apple, Samsung and others was a repeated theme in the Finnish company’s most recent SEC filing [pdf link], with Nokia citing it as a potential ecosystem issue in comparison to the multi-platform phone and tablet offerings from its rivals.

However, the company has until now said that it will hold off from producing a tablet until it feels it can differentiate itself from the rest of the market, a strategy that has looked increasingly sensible given the difficulties Android slates have had taking on the iPad. Windows 7 tablets have also struggled to compete with Apple, something Microsoft hopes to change with its more finger-friendly updated OS later in the year.

A Windows-based computer is no stranger to Nokia, though. The company launched the Booklet, a 3G-enabled upscale netbook, back in 2009, though while build quality was praised the premium pricing and relatively underpowered Intel Atom processor meant the ultraportable was quietly retired without replacement.

Update: Nokia has issued the following statement on the tablet rumors: “We continue to eye the tablet space with interest, but we have not announced any specific plans.”

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4 Responses to Nokia Windows 8 Qualcomm tablet tipped for Q4

  1. Would prefer an Intel tablet as id like backwards compatibility with my current desktop programs. In saying that, id take a Nokia with similar specs to the Samsung Slate, but with a bigger battery and Lumia 800/900 type design.

    • ivy bridge gon be expansive though. imagine ultrabooks now but few hundreds more bucks just because of 3g modem and touch panel and etc.
      well and about the battery. WOA will use way less then the traditional x86.
      now about ur point. im just hoping software developers would be quick enough to re code wuteva their programs are to work with the arm chips. then we pretty much set.
      and yes i d like regular apps over Metro bs any day.

      • Id consider it as more a compact laptop, so price shouldn’t be too much of a shock, the current Samsung slate sells for about AU$1500 which is pretty good for what you get. ARM chips are alot more power efficient, but sadly nowhere near as fast as desktop chips, so its not just a matter of devs recoding their programs.

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