Image supposedly shows Nokia Windows RT tablet destined for Verizon

A Nokia tablet has been rumored for a very long time now, but this is the first time we actually get to see any evidence of its existence. A leaked image seems to show a red Nokia branded tablet that would be heading to Verizon.

The image also shows the Windows RT logo which is what the tablet will supposedly be running. The image comes from Weibo and it looks fake so you should take this with a grain of salt. While an upcoming Nokia tablet seems probable this “tablet” in the image is probably not it.

The latest rumors suggest that Nokia’s Windows RT tablet will be unveiled at the end of September and launch a couple of weeks later to coincide with the Windows 8.1 launch. The device will supposedly feature a 10-inch 1080p screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 32GB of internal storage and USB 3.0 support.

Source: Weibo Via: Pocketnow

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Microsoft will have to abandon Windows RT as it currently exists. They will need to create a new version of Windows called "Windows Tablet" for ARM-enabled tablets and get rid of the desktop mode altogether. It'll basically be like Windows Phone but better suited for the tablet environment. The Surface Pro would continue to run the full Windows as it does now as that is a separate category of device.

Agreed they should just strip the desktop environment out completely, no exceptions. Also rename it to Windows Tablet OS. The "RT" moniker means nothing.

CygnusOrion said,
Agreed they should just strip the desktop environment out completely, no exceptions. Also rename it to Windows Tablet OS. The "RT" moniker means nothing.

While we are on a roll of what Microsoft should do...

Once they follow your roadmap and get rid of the desktop in RT and rename it to Windows Tablet, they need to release Windows 8 Pro ARM Edition for those of us that actually like and use the desktop on our Windows on ARM convertibles (Surface RT etc). And this Pro version will allow the signing requirements to be changed.

Those that want a touch-only tablet will run Windows Tablet.
Those that want a true convertible OS will run Windows 8, Intel or ARM.

Please be a 7" tablet, please be 7" tablet. Cheap, but high quality like the Lumia 520. That would be absolutely KILLER. Could give the Nexus 7 a good run for its money.

If it only had a PHONE in it. Microsoft, Nokia, that would be a way to push Windows RT. A GOOD phone app, integrating People and Calendar, would just be so good on a small tablet and, for that matter, on any Windows 8 (Pro or RT) small tablet.

I really suggest you think about it and do not dismiss such an idea as crazy or uninteresting.

Taym said,
If it only had a PHONE in it. Microsoft, Nokia, that would be a way to push Windows RT. A GOOD phone app, integrating People and Calendar, would just be so good on a small tablet and, for that matter, on any Windows 8 (Pro or RT) small tablet.

I really suggest you think about it and do not dismiss such an idea as crazy or uninteresting.

I really think RT will end up replacing WP as far as one OS for phones up to mini tablets with full x86 windows for anything over 10". At that point I see no reason why it won't come with a phone "app" as long as your device has 3g/4g etc support. Or you can just do Skype wifi calls?

Either way, expect to see a RT phone app in version 8.2 or whatever the next one is for next year.

Taym said,
If it only had a PHONE in it. Microsoft, Nokia, that would be a way to push Windows RT.

Wow! Nokia making a phone? Now that would be extraordinary.

The big problem for Nokia is that they ONLY have expertise in the phone sector and nothing, no experience, distribution or support, in the tablet/PC sector. So of course it'll have a phone. It won't be a tablet with a phone stuck on though. This is Nokia.

psionicinversion said,
if it was 8 pro it would be like £700 or so and price itself out of the market instantly so they wouldnt go for that

32GB RT for $299?

Nokia - If this was actually running the new atom bay trail, and had 8 pro....I 'may' buy one. That would be my sixth? win8 tablet lol

so long as it was cheap obviously

peronally i dont want any desktop apps on a tablet im more than happy to buy windows rt tablet from nokia or htc sadly surface rt never reached our market so it looks like its going be nokia tablet for me

subcld said,
peronally i dont want any desktop apps on a tablet im more than happy to buy windows rt tablet from nokia or htc sadly surface rt never reached our market so it looks like its going be nokia tablet for me

I think they expanded the surface market, or maybe it was just the reseller markets but not the general markets for it? Anyways, I hope they target more places with the 2nd gen hardware from the start and not try to play it safe/slow or w/e they were thinking.

I still have my doubts that the "General" portable market even knows what it wants, because the skew between user studies and what actually gets bought is way too wide. Taym (who posted below) is an example of what comes out in user polls (not picking on the poster); the desire expressed in such polls is for do-everything-including-washing-the-dishes, but at cheap (practically unsustainable) pricing. RT tablets in terms of specs are as far above most Android tablets as iOS tablets are - and where is RT getting whacked? "It's not inexpensive enough!" The price spread between RT and 8/8.1 is already far narrower than it should be - however, you can't raise the price for 8/8.1 hardware, either -- your users will scream bloody murder. That is why ASUS and Acer are bailing on RT - there's no margin left at all.

PGHammer said,
I still have my doubts that the "General" portable market even knows what it wants, because the skew between user studies and what actually gets bought is way too wide. Taym (who posted below) is an example of what comes out in user polls (not picking on the poster); the desire expressed in such polls is for do-everything-including-washing-the-dishes, but at cheap (practically unsustainable) pricing. RT tablets in terms of specs are as far above most Android tablets as iOS tablets are - and where is RT getting whacked? "It's not inexpensive enough!" The price spread between RT and 8/8.1 is already far narrower than it should be - however, you can't raise the price for 8/8.1 hardware, either -- your users will scream bloody murder. That is why ASUS and Acer are bailing on RT - there's no margin left at all.

The margin game got screwed with by the OEMs themselves so they only have themselves to blame for it. When netbooks hit and everyone started this mad dash for the bottom on netbook pricing they got consumers used to cheap mobile computers. It also doesn't help that Amazon and Google do it with their tablets, though with what Amazon reported last quarter financial wise makes me question if they haven't been pushing the kindle a bit too much?

Personally I would want a pro tablet with a Wacom digitizer.

but if you're happy with an iOS or Android tablet today, then an RT tablet should make you more than happy. it's basically the same thing, only more powerful. And serves the tablet needs for the majority of people. would for me to, but for my next tablet I want it to be more, and mostly I want the digitizer, and I don't want a android/galaxy note, waste of a digitizer.

Eh. Can't really say I look forward to more RT tablets, I love Windows 8/8.1 but I don't think I would be satisfied with a RT tablet.

all i want is a Pro Tablet, i like the Surface but, i want to see what others can do, (4G) ect, there is so many RT tablets out there i want a pro that i can uses, install my programs on

Yes RT needs to make room for Pro. I hope RT will dies soon and by the looks of it it will, ASUS and HTC have exited the RT market and soon others will follow. Windows Pro all the way!

Grinch said,
Eh. Can't really say I look forward to more RT tablets, I love Windows 8/8.1 but I don't think I would be satisfied with a RT tablet.

This is true for a lot of people, but if you consider all the users that have already settled for an iPad or Android tablet, RT is a step up.

If want you need is a device for basic computing (web, mail, contacts), some light to medium gaming, it does wonderfully the job.

I have an iPad mini and a Surface RT. I use the Surface 80% of the time as the browsing experience is far superior.

If you absolutely need Win32 software or depend on desktop style apps, stay away, it's not for you.

Grinch said,
Eh. Can't really say I look forward to more RT tablets, I love Windows 8/8.1 but I don't think I would be satisfied with a RT tablet.

It really depends, with the changes in 8.1 that also apply to RT it's a much better tablet only experience than with 8.0. More options in the new pc settings app, file management through the updated skydrive app for online and local, don't forget the updated core apps. The new mail app for example is a huge improvement and changes things a lot, specially for a RT device where you can't install a desktop email client. If the core apps are solid and you have the big name apps like FB, twitter and so on, then people are more than happy with RT.

It's just that the software side was lacking with 8.0 while the hardware was good, design wise, performance could've been better. With a lower price and the 8.1 update to the OS and apps I see no reason to turn away from RT as a pure consumption and light computing tablet option.

I hope it does not. It makes room for cheaper, smaller windows tablets with amazing battery life.. I also own a Surface RT, and it's great little device.

the RT is very usefull, you must know its not a PC replacement but a addon to your main desktop, for me works perfect for my engineering proyects on office and researching stuff fast

Grinch said,
Eh. Can't really say I look forward to more RT tablets, I love Windows 8/8.1 but I don't think I would be satisfied with a RT tablet.

I 'thought' the same as well, until I got myself a Surface RT (and installed 8.1 preview). I was shocked at how much I actually liked it. I thought I'd be limited, but I'm not at all. You need to give a try to really get it. RT tablets are meant to compliment your main PC and phone, Pro tablets are meant to replace your main PC/laptop. I brought my Surface RT on my trip and everyone with their iPads/Anrdoid tablets were baffled at how much more I can do compared to theirs lol.

Thank you - it's what I have been saying about RT tablets and slates from the beginning. They are NOT desktop-killers, or even desktop-alternatives; they complement existing desktops - basically, the original role of the notebook and later netbook; neither was planned, or intended, to murder even the laptop.

GP007 said,

It really depends, with the changes in 8.1
...
The new mail app for example is a huge improvement and changes things a lot, specially for a RT device where you can't install a desktop email client.

Which is rather ironic seeing as Windows RT 8.1 includes a desktop mail client - Outlook RT.