Nokia has reportedly cancelled its 8-inch Lumia Windows tablet

Last month, news emerged that Nokia has been working on an 8-inch Windows tablet, with the internal development codename 'Illusionist'. A week later, a further source claimed that the device would be revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona early next year. And just last week, the device was apparently spotted on a shipment manifest, en route from China to India. 

It seems that Illusionist is very much real, but if the latest report on the mini-tablet is to be believed, it may never make it into the hands of consumers. MyNokiaBlog says that "a reliable source close to Nokia" has revealed that while Nokia was indeed working on the device, its development and launch has now been cancelled. 


Little and large - but will the Illusionist ever appear?

The report says that the reasons for its cancellation is "unknown", but the site emphasizes its confidence in the credibility of the source and their information. It is possible that the cancellation is a consequence of Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's device business; a smaller version of the Surface tablets is expected next year, and there may not be room in Microsoft's plans for two tablets in that size- and price-range. 

Recent reports suggested that Illusionist would go on sale as the Lumia 2020, and the aforementioned import manifest revealed that its Nokia model number was RX-115 (the larger Lumia 2520's model numbers are RX-113 and RX-114). It was rumoured that its specs would closely mirror those of its bigger brother, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 1080p resolution. 

Source: MyNokiaBlog

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RommelS said,

That is the reason why I resisted from purchasing the Lumia 2520 because things like this will happen, thus I went for the Surface 2. Granted the 2520 is not out yet, but it would probably the last Nokia device that will come out for a while.

You think MS is going to stop making products bearing it's most successful seller of it's OS?

Nashy said,

You think MS is going to stop making products bearing it's most successful seller of it's OS?

When there is a merger or buyout happening, they tend to evaluate what they have and consolidate. Once Service and Device division is truly owned my MS, then they will have two competing products under the same company - Surface and Lumia 2520. One must go, and I am banking that the best features on the 2520 will be incorporated into the next Surface.

I am also predicting that somewhere down the line, to save time and money, that the Service and Devices will be the one in charge of the Surface department, and we will still have the Surface tables and Lumia smartphones.

deadonthefloor said,

They're different use cases.

Until Surface has a SIM slot, they do not compete.

The Surface doesn't have NFC and GPS, but the Lumia 2520 does come with it, but since they are tablets in the same arena, they are still competing. One just happens to have a few additional features.

It is just like McDonald's going against Kentucky Fried Chicken. Just because they have different items to sell, it doesn't mean they are not competing with one another since both are trying to do the same, and that is sell food to you.

Plus, Korupt_One is correct, there will be a Surface 2 with LTE coming early 2014.

Figure 8 Dash said,
They don't compete because Microsoft will soon own the 2520, lol.

Until the signatures on the paper hasn't dry, 2025 is competing with the Surface 2.

Just because a company is in the process of being taken over, it doesn't mean that they need to stop what they are doing because there are times when an acquisition may not go through, and recent good example of that is AT&T's planned takeover of T-Mobile USA. T-Mobile continued their television commercial assaults on AT&T. Of course, we know what happened at the end.

I don't agree, and it's not just the features they have but the design ethos as well. It's more like McDonalds buying Burger King and continuing to sell Whoppers, because to some people they just prefer that to a Big Mac (would never eat either myself, but that's a different subject). To me there's no harm in giving people options, even if down the line both Surface and Lumia tablets bear the Microsoft name. There's enough people out there looking for tablets to have two different devices. If they were more alike maybe not, but there's a lot of feature differences and the design is very different. Kickstand, keyboards & black vs bright and more tablet like. Very different uses. If anything I'd keep the Lumia's for RT (8 and 10") and keep the Surface for full Windows (10 and 12" models).

TheShark said,
I don't agree, and it's not just the features they have but the design ethos as well. It's more like McDonalds buying Burger King and continuing to sell Whoppers, because to some people they just prefer that to a Big Mac (would never eat either myself, but that's a different subject). To me there's no harm in giving people options, even if down the line both Surface and Lumia tablets bear the Microsoft name. There's enough people out there looking for tablets to have two different devices. If they were more alike maybe not, but there's a lot of feature differences and the design is very different. Kickstand, keyboards & black vs bright and more tablet like. Very different uses. If anything I'd keep the Lumia's for RT (8 and 10") and keep the Surface for full Windows (10 and 12" models).

You may not agree, but that is how business works.

TheShark said,
I don't agree, and it's not just the features they have but the design ethos as well. It's more like McDonalds buying Burger King and continuing to sell Whoppers, because to some people they just prefer that to a Big Mac (would never eat either myself, but that's a different subject). To me there's no harm in giving people options, even if down the line both Surface and Lumia tablets bear the Microsoft name. There's enough people out there looking for tablets to have two different devices. If they were more alike maybe not, but there's a lot of feature differences and the design is very different. Kickstand, keyboards & black vs bright and more tablet like. Very different uses. If anything I'd keep the Lumia's for RT (8 and 10") and keep the Surface for full Windows (10 and 12" models).

...and is this the reason why Nokia mini tablet was discontinued?
http://www.neowin.net/news/rep...to-get-kinect-like-features

It is not about who has the most feature and design, but as long that you have a tablet with the same (approximate) size and form factor, you are competing. Microsoft doesn't need to compete with another design coming from its own company. Surface, as good or better than any tablet out there is just starting to gain momentum.

Now as you said , Lumia running RT and Surface for 10" - 12" model is a good idea. However, I think MS wants to stick with Surface when it comes to their tablets, and Lumia for their phones and phablet.

I can see why this would be cancelled if a surface of the same size would be coming out. I hope they have plans for a 1020 upgrade. I have the 1020 and would love an sd card slot and quadcore processor.

There is only so much "tablet pie," so the more companies that want a piece of the "pie," the smaller each company's piece becomes. Nokia may have decided the smart move is to stay focused on phones, and not spread themselves amongst several products. (Microsoft should be learning this valuable lesson. Who knows when they will learn, if ever. Arrogance can be such a cruel taskmaster.)

In other words "Back in your cage, Nokia - only Google and Apple are permitted." If anyone is being arrogant, it is those that insist that any company (including Microsoft - or Nokia, for that matter) is only permitted to do one thing.

PGHammer said,
In other words "Back in your cage, Nokia - only Google and Apple are permitted." If anyone is being arrogant, it is those that insist that any company (including Microsoft - or Nokia, for that matter) is only permitted to do one thing.

How come that you mentioned Apple and Google but forgot MS and the plethora of OEMs that makes Windows Tablets? .....

PGHammer said,
In other words "Back in your cage, Nokia - only Google and Apple are permitted." If anyone is being arrogant, it is those that insist that any company (including Microsoft - or Nokia, for that matter) is only permitted to do one thing.

Apple and Google only went with tablets when they were big already. You are permitted to release whatever you want, but maybe you shouldn't spread youlself too thin when you are a small player (which sounds weird when talking about Nokia, but that's what they've become anyway).

Then again I'm not sure about that being the actual reason for Nokia cancelling this.

I mentioned Apple and Google because all the OEMs are getting the same gist that TsarNikky just laid on Nokia - - no Windows tablets. iOS or Android are fine; even Chromebook tablets are fine - however no Windows tablets of any sort - not even RT.

PGHammer said,
I mentioned Apple and Google because all the OEMs are getting the same gist that TsarNikky just laid on Nokia - - no Windows tablets. iOS or Android are fine; even Chromebook tablets are fine - however no Windows tablets of any sort - not even RT.

My first PC Tablet was a Toshiba 3505... in 2002. The difference is that Toshiba was, at the time, one of the best, IMO the best, maker of Laptops. A company short of cash should focus on what is its bread and butter first: only if and when a financial stability is restored consider to venture in new markets.
As for RT I would, again, first build up a reputation with more popular and accepted systems, in this case W8.1 Pro. Once established, and if it were still around, consider RT.

Microsoft will bring their dumb decision making, and pretty woeful designs to Nokia, which is a shame. Nokia design teams should still have full control.

recursive said,
So they cancelled this, but are still making the Android phone? Maybe there is still some hope left for Nokia.

It will probably be canceled as well since the Device and Services are the one that are making those device as well.

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