Nokia Corp., a close partner to Microsoft and the leading maker of Windows Phone-based smartphones, has reportedly followed the path various PC makers and cancelled its media tablet based on Windows RT operating system. The company will now try to make a slate based on fully-fledged Windows 8.1 OS, but that should involve a lot of work and time, meaning that the product is unlikely to reach the market this year.
Nokia was designing its own 10" media tablet based on Nvidia Corp.’s Tegra 3 system-on-chip and Windows RT operating system, reports The Verge web-site. The slate was supposed to have 4G/LTE connectivity. Partly because the application processor is now morally outdated and possibly due to a number of other reasons the Espoo, Finland-based company reportedly cancelled the project in favour of a slate based on fully-fledged Microsoft Windows 8.1 operating system.
Windows RT is a fully-fledged Microsoft operating system compatible with ARM-architecture application processors and incompatible with the vast majority of programs developed for Windows, something that clearly discourages anyone from using it. Given the fact that it carries Windows name, it confuses many buyers as people expect compatibility with their applications. Many PC makers, including Toshiba and Samsung, decided not to offer Windows RT-based devices early in the lifecycle of the OS so to avoid the misunderstandings. Microsoft is currently working hard to improve software support for the Windows RT platform.
Even though usage of Microsoft Windows 8.1 platform will guarantee Nokia somewhat better market acceptance of the product, it also means that the company will have to redesign not only software for the tablet, but also to develop hardware from scratch. To run Windows 8.1 operating system will require Nokia to use x86-compatible application processors, which essentially means two options: AMD code-named Temash system-on-chip or Intel Atom “ValleyView” processors with Bay Trail-T platform.
Integrating an x86 SoC will take Nokia a considerable amount of time and will require to re-qualify the gadgets with all customers for 4G/LTE operation. As a consequence, Nokia will miss crucially important holiday season with its tablet once again unless the firm also has a 7" Windows RT-based slate up in its sleeve.
Nokia did not comment on the news-story.