Rumor: No Nokia tablet at MWC, focus is on phones

This is a fan render and not necessarily what Nokia will be unveiling in the future

It's basically a dead certainty at this point that Nokia will unveil new Lumia Windows Phones at Mobile World Conference 2013 in a few weeks, but an announcement of a rumored Nokia tablet still hangs in the balance. The latest information, directly from Strategy Analytics' Tablet and Touchscreen Strategies service, is that Nokia will not be unveiling the anticipated tablet in Barcelona in a few weeks, instead adopting a "smartphones first" strategy.

The reason for the delay could be, at least according to WPCentral, that Nokia is moving away from plans to deliver a Windows RT tablet and are instead focusing on a full Windows 8 Pro device. With the Surface RT commanding the Windows RT tablet market, and with Intel's next-generation Haswell chip around the corner and Bay Trail already announced, a Nokia Windows 8 Pro tablet could be a much more compelling purchase.

What we should be expecting at MWC 2013 is a second-generation Windows Phone 8 flagship device from Nokia, which we know by the codename "EOS" and which should contain a high-megapixel PureView camera sensor. There is also a good chance that we'll be seeing more mid-to-low range devices, potentially the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520, which will cement Nokia's position as the leader of the Windows Phone market.

Source: Strategy Analytics via: WPCentral

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I was going to get a surface pro, but there are none in stock and now I am having second thoughts. Since I am waiting I figured I might as well wait for the next version. Maybe Microsoft can get that launch right or maybe they won't need to if they can't get people on board with the current surface. Oh wait. There are none. lol Well, at least there are no 128 GB Pro's.

Thanks. I have a pro 128 GB on the way I purchased the protection plan. Do you think it is worth it? It is nice to have if the battery or screen crap out. I read the protection plan and they say they can replace the surface and parts with used parts. That sucks. If my surface dies I would like it fixed or a new one not a refurbished unit.

Its the right decision. Nokia should wait until Haswell or even Broadwell chipsets are available. Nothing is worse than jumping in with a product that doesn't work well or as expected, ruining the brand and reputation. RT tablets are not ready since there just aren't enough WinRT apps that can replace the x86 apps at this time. IMHO the PRO devices should have been released first and then RT a year later after WinRT apps had populated the Store.

I humbly disagree. Current RTs are the right step for the future of RTs. I can do everything I need on the Surface RT, specifically with Office 2013 on it. If I want to run desktop applications I would be using my PC anyway to have the appropriate screen estate that these applications require.

Don't get me wrong, I have a Surface RT and love it far more than my iPad since it will eventually be a true light laptop replacement, giving you both form factors in one device, but its the lack of WinRT apps AND the inability to run legacy apps that have seen its low adoption rate. Personally I know its the future with the majority of apps for the Windows platform will be WinRT apps, but the first year is often the most important because it gets you mindshare and momentum for your platform. After that initial adoption, and app ecosystem establishment, then you release a completely native WinRT device that could leave the legacy x86 apps behind. IMHO it would have put the entire platform in a better light.

and im sure with the windows blue update coming later this year for win 8 rt and wp8 RT will only get better and add more features, just remember this version of RT is like win 1. As time goes by these products will only get better and better, more features, more polished, faster. I think RT will switch over to a more powerful processor in the next version also

Der_Ausgewanderte said,
I humbly disagree. Current RTs are the right step for the future of RTs. I can do everything I need on the Surface RT, specifically with Office 2013 on it. If I want to run desktop applications I would be using my PC anyway to have the appropriate screen estate that these applications require.

Although I agree that we all have different needs I do not see any issue running "desktop" applications on a 10" screen; I did it on my PC Tablets for the last ten years.

yes, I get the point. I would not be able to run Matlab with 3-4 windows within the program to fit some data and have Origin Pro open with 4 spreadsheets to graph it and try to check incoming emails. Dual monitor setup minimum both at work and home. I am probably not the best person to argue here.

many angles to look at this. what makes you believe this is the right one? It does not say they are NOT making an RT, but that WP8 devices come first. Rumors - "could mean...". Rumors are only good if they lead to a statement from Nokia. Otherwise it means nothing.