More rumors of Nokia's Windows RT tablet emerge

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This mock-up, created by Jonas Daehnert, shows his concept for a Nokia tablet.

There have been tons of rumors and speculation about Nokia's plans to release a tablet. Most of those reports claim it will be using Windows RT along with Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 800 processor. Other rumors claim that the tablet will get an official reveal on Sept. 26 in a New York City press event.

Today, Microsoft-News.com reports that a tipster sent some more information about the Nokia Windows RT tablet. Much of the information has been mentioned in previous reports, including that it will have a keyboard cover that will also serve as an extra battery, but there's some new tidbits as well, including the claim that the tablet will have 32GB of storage.

Today's story also claims that the tablet will place its USB ports in the back and that it will been Wireless N compatible for its WiFi along with cellular service provided by AT&T. The story says the tablet will come in a Cyan color and a microHDMI. The story mentions support for USB 3.0, which if true would make it the first Windows RT device to support the more recent USB standard.

Finally, the report says that the tablet is being manufactured by Compal. Hopefully when the end of September rolls around, Nokia will be able to confirm or deny all of these tablet reports once and for all.

Source: Microsoft-News.com | Image via Nokia

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This thing wont sell! Mark my words.

12 Months from now we'll have another sales pie chart and the ecosystem will be still where it is today.

Microsoft, WHY AREN'T YOU ASKING THE MOST BASIC QUESTION! Why aren't customers buying into your ecosystem. The answer is SO simple.

glen8 said,
This thing wont sell! Mark my words.

12 Months from now we'll have another sales pie chart and the ecosystem will be still where it is today.

Microsoft, WHY AREN'T YOU ASKING THE MOST BASIC QUESTION! Why aren't customers buying into your ecosystem. The answer is SO simple.


I've seen so many things I'd consider done wrong in regards to Windows tablets, I don't think a single, simple answer would cut it. Pricing, marketing, lack of availability via normal channels, platform immaturity, etc., all figure in, and not everyone who didn't buy had the same reasons.

I held off because of price and I dislike getting 1st generation products. Early adoption is thrilling and all, but id rather wait for the second or third version in most cases.

I'm looking forward to this. I've been waiting for a Nokia tablet since I fell in love with my Lumia 900! Since the 900 is still going strong, I'll hold off getting the 1020. But in the meantime? This. I've been waiting for it!

Since RT has PDF and eBook readers, my primary use for a tablet is satisfied. Trying to read books on a laptop is a pain, and while i love eInk devices, they're too limited for other things.

Nokia: Oh look, the Titanic is heading for an RT iceberg lets hop on board while it's still cruising.

A friend of a friend who was previously a developer on the Windows team (pre Sinofsky leaving). When asked what the strategy was with RT, and how he felt MS would differentiate RT from 8 he said, "I just don't know, it really seems like a big mistake to me." This tells me, even the internal people at MS don't know what the hell is going on with RT.

Nokia should avoid RT, it was a bad idea.

Yes, this could really push NOKIA over the edge. I don't understand why they would bother. I expect that MS are pushing them and even underwriting it with cash.

If RT had no desktop then it would make a bit more sense, but then if there was no desktop there would be no Office and Office is supposedly a selling point. MS needs office on Metro, I wonder why Office on Metro is taking so very long?

derekaw said,
Yes, this could really push NOKIA over the edge. I don't understand why they would bother. I expect that MS are pushing them and even underwriting it with cash.

If RT had no desktop then it would make a bit more sense, but then if there was no desktop there would be no Office and Office is supposedly a selling point. MS needs office on Metro, I wonder why Office on Metro is taking so very long?

If RT had no desktop then it would be... um... Windows Phone OS.

derekaw said,
Yes, this could really push NOKIA over the edge. I don't understand why they would bother. I expect that MS are pushing them and even underwriting it with cash.

If RT had no desktop then it would make a bit more sense, but then if there was no desktop there would be no Office and Office is supposedly a selling point. MS needs office on Metro, I wonder why Office on Metro is taking so very long?

YES YES YES!!!! Finally, a Neowin member who actually gets it

Windows RT should be scraped. Microsoft need to make Surface OS.

Code from the GROUND UP as a TABLET/MOBILE OS. No desktop! Just METRO! No legacy windows in the background. WHY OH WHY can I open up C:\Windows\Windowsupdate.log ON A TABLET!!!!!!!!

Why can I run DISM on a TABLET!!!!

Unless....Microsoft are marketing this wrong? If they did a brand new marketing campaign which said HEY, This isn't a tablet. It's a laptop in a tablet case (but not really cause you cant run windows x86 programs)..........erm, no, people still wouldnt buy it would they lol

I have bought 4 windows 8 tablets. I'm a geek, yeah ok. BUT unlike some, I DO NOT get emotionally attached to my tech like most neowinians. If I buy something and it's rubbish, I'll say it's rubbish. ok, I'll also say what's good about it as well. There are things good about windows 8 tablets.

There are even some small things I liked about RT. Not much, but some.

RT and Windows Phone will be the same very soon, one mobile os for tablets and phones and one desktop os and one gaming os all running the same kernel and able to access all the same stuff from the store. **** people start looking at the bigger picture and stop whining about this and that.

I would prefer nokia stay out of RT. I rather see:

very large phablet with WP8.1 to challenge the android wasteland of large devices
or
baytrail tablet with win 8.1 to challenge the lazy non surface OEMs into creating some compelling hardware

Oh another thing, since MS created their own Facebook app in Windows Phone, I think MS should just stop waiting for official apps and create their own RT Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube App. That will entice consumers to flock to Surface RT and Nokia's rumored RT device.

This is all good, but right now, I am very happy with my Surface RT. However, I do hope that Nokia creates a 7" or 8" RT tablet because I will definitely purchase it.

I think whether or not itll beat the Nexus 7 will depend on how big it is... if its 7 inch like the nexus 7 id say it might be slightly more expensive but youd also get a lot for ya money and snapdragon 800 aint no slouch. would beat the s4 pro by a fair bit also having a better GPU is better, itll have clearblack tech, HD display (at least 1280) prolly gorilla glass 3 and if its 10 inch of course its going to be more expensive. The best i think will be its design, it'll fit right in with the lumia range of polycarbonate coloured shells and look good. Of course to people its failed before its even launched, wait to see if the rumours are true and actually see it then make your mind up.

32GB = bout 15GB of useable space so it will have a microSD card slot to. ill do this for ya... moan moan moan 15GB out of 32 moan moan moan, now ya can shut up

yay, maybe ill just sell my day one to one of these poor people who cannot get one. They love to spend 20-50% more just to get what they want :3

Nokia Windows RT with support for Verizon's cellular network, and I'll be game. The Surface RT is a great device, though a bit sluggish at times. None-the-less, it's remarkably useful for more than just being a consumption device, with MS-Office onboard.

Edit: People forget that RT tablets come with Office pre-installed now, which is worth the little bit in extra cost.

With Nokia's success and brand image now can really boost the RT market if they release a tablet.

The only reason RT was so bad was due to the OEM's.

And marketing. I was fooled too thinking it was crappy, but I bought myself a Surface RT at the reduced price and I absolutely LOVE it. I thought I'd be limited or lacking, but haven't run into any issues yet

Exactly, Nokia has a great eco system going right now and a great set of in house apps. Honestly though, I think the best think would be a desktop less tablet, RT does get kind of confusing with the desktop and that normal programs won't run on RT.

JonnyLH said,

The only reason RT was so bad was due to the OEM's.

Yep. All the OEM's fault. Microsoft proved this by releasing the Surface themselves and just look at the dozens and dozens of units that thing has sold.

Lord Method Man said,

Yep. All the OEM's fault. Microsoft proved this by releasing the Surface themselves and just look at the dozens and dozens of units that thing has sold.


You can't post anything without receiving irony here.

Marketing as well of course. It also takes time to adopt brands.

Microsoft had to really limit what marketing and exposure and price they could give the surface rt so not to hurt the feeling's of such oem's as acer and a few others, hence the not good sales figures. If RT would have gone world wide with good marketing and a good price it may have been better.

RT=DOA. Just ask Dell, Asus, Lenovo, Samsung. And don't forget to ask Microsoft how to save up for that $900 million write down....

minster11 said,
When clover trail tablet cost $799, those RT that cost $399 sound good right?

No, you are comparing the wrong things. Should be bay trail vs snapdraogon

This

It needs to be sub £200, ideally £149. It won't be. It will either be the same price as the Nexus 7, or higher. That's why it will fail.

glen8 said,
This

It needs to be sub £200, ideally £149. It won't be. It will either be the same price as the Nexus 7, or higher. That's why it will fail.

If it has LTE, I would think it would have to be more around the 400 mark. Hopefully they have a wifi only version that will be priced similar to the Nexus 7 though.

glen8 said,
It won't be cheap enough to be a hit

That is true but I would rather pay a bit more and get a quality product than pay less and get a product filled with problems aka Asus Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013)

I understand your point though since it needs to be cheap for consumers to buy it and become a hit also I wish they would release Win8 Pro tablet than RT.

32GB of storage? And how much space once you deduct for Windows RT? I hope they plan on a $199 price point.

These things then better be cheap, otherwise they'll sink faster than the Surface RT.
Or I guess they'll make for more colorful door-stops than the Surface. Tempting!

I'm really looking forward to seeing what this Tablet looks like. Nokia has been doing a fantastic job design wise with the Lumia series, and could see Nokia as the face of Microsoft mobile hardware primarily down the road. OEM's seem to be shifting away from Microsoft and to Android, which in my opinion hasn't led to any real well designed devices for those OEMs

The most exciting thing is that Nokia will bring it's developers and encourage app development for WinRT. Nokia is responsible for so many great apps coming to Windows Phone. Really looking forward to see what the innovative minds at Nokia have come up with for this tablet!