Nokia’s upcoming tablet running Windows RT has long been rumoured, and now we have more details regarding the hardware and the design of the tablet.
The tablet will come with a 10.1-inch full-HD screen with wide viewing angles. The touchscreen features a 5-point multitouch, which is unusual as most tablets today have a 10-point multitouch. Beneath the hood, the tablet is said to include a Snapdragon 800 chip which is clocked at 2.15GHz. The tablet will come with 32 GB internal memory. Also, the tablet will likely have a detachable stand that will double as a keyboard. This stand will include a battery that will enhance the tablet’s battery life. The tablet will have USB 3.0 ports at the back along with a micro HDMI connector, along with Wireless N Cell compatibility.
As is becoming usual for Nokia, the tablet might come in various color combinations. Nokia will most likely announce this tablet next month, with the tablet going out to stores sometime around mid-October, just in time for general availability of Windows 8.1.
Nokia seems to be the only manufacturer who is working on a Windows RT tablet. Earlier this week, Asus has come out and said that it will not build any more tablets on the Windows RT ecosystem, and Microsoft’s own efforts in selling the Surface RT have come to naught. The Redmond giant suffered a loss of over $900 million last year due to slow sales of the Surface RT, as most consumers weren’t interested in a tablet running a lightweight version of Windows.
Be that as it may, it looks like Microsoft is not done with the Surface tablet altogether. Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said yesterday that they are “working really hard” on the next iteration of the Surface tablet. Nvidia’s Tegra was used in the original Surface RT, and it looks like Microsoft is sticking with Nvidia.
The single biggest issue that Microsoft is facing with Windows RT is that developers seem disinterested in porting apps to this platform. Also, the cost factor was also an issue as full-fledged Windows 8 tablets were available for a $100 more. So, with Windows RT 8.1, Microsoft needs to ensure that the tablets using this ecosystem come with great hardware and a selection of great apps.
Source: Microsoft News