Nokia’s Windows 8 Tablet Slips to Q4 2012 – Rumour

Nokia’s First Tablet Set to Be Available in Low Quantities, Specs Unknown

by Anton Shilov
03/12/2012 | 02:16 PM

Nokia Corp. may enter the market of media tablets later than expected as according to a new piece of unofficial information the company will only be able to introduce its first media tablet in years only in the fourth quarter of the year. Previously it was expected that the firm would be ready with its own tablet sometimes in summer.


Nokia intends to unveil its first tablet based on Microsoft Windows 8 operating system late in 2012, sometimes in the fourth quarter at the earliest, according a report from DigiTimes web-site. The media tablet is projected to be made by Compal Electronics contract manufacturer and will be initially available in very limited 200 thousand quantities, which will barely intensify competition on the well-developed media-tablet markets.

Unfortunately for Nokia, specifications of its first media tablet in years do not look to be too impressive: 10” screen, dual-core Qualcomm system-on-chip and Windows 8. There are no signs of 4G/LTE, high-definition screen and other advanced technologies.

Microsoft Windows 8 reference tablet

When the current chief executive officer of Nokia first started to talk about tablets in early 2011, he said that the company would like to deliver a “special” tablet that would be different from already available. Late last year an executive from Nokia France implied that the company would be ready with its own tablet in June ’12, which would be earlier than expected availability of Windows on ARM support.

Nokia did not comment on the news-story.