Despite two Surface generations having passed and sales numbers still paling in comparison to Apple iPad volumes, Microsoft’s commitment to the Windows tablet project is growing, with a form factor expansion eyed for 2014.
No need to be sad about Nokia Lumia 2020’s very probable cancellation, as it merely means Microsoft wants to gamble everything on the Surface Mini and thus make it one for the history books.
Nokia’s alleged second tablet, known on the inside as the “Illusionist” and said to be ultimately branded as the Lumia 2020, has been purportedly canceled for mysterious reasons, according to fairly reliable sources.
Following a bundle of unverifiable and somewhat fishy rumors regarding a possible “mini me” version of Nokia’s first ever tablet, the Lumia 2520, the first concrete evidence emerges out of India, apparently confirming the 8.3-incher will be no pushover.
Microsoft stores will not be the only retail channel offering Nokia’s Lumia 2520 for sale this week, as Verizon and AT&T have just made their own release dates and pricing details official.
Not many believed in Nokia’s tablet prospects, since the Finns decided to wager on Microsoft’s sinking Windows RT platform, but, believe it or not, the Lumia 2520 is destined to get a wingman as soon as “early 2014”.
Right on schedule, Microsoft has rolled out the second wave of Surface tablets, this time running Windows 8.1 and RT 8.1. But with lukewarm critical reception, extravagant pricing structures and severe software glitches, can they wipe the slate clean and make MS money instead of bleed it?
We’ve been tracking hints, following leads and pursuing theories on Nokia’s first ever Lumia tablet for what feels like months now and, despite rumors of a last-minute cancelation, there’s a good chance one of the last pieces of the puzzle is today falling into place.
It’s no longer a matter of speculation, Microsoft is alone in the Windows RT tablet business and will be for time to come. But as hard as it might be to believe, the first-gen Surface RT and Surface 2 will get company sooner or later.
Following a painful, brutal first year, the tables appeared to be finally turning for Microsoft’s experimental Windows RT platform, courtesy of a new, considerably upgraded Surface RT and the unexpected keeping of the old 10.6-inch tab in the company’s product line-up for a $350 price point.
Seeing as Microsoft’s first-gen Surface tabs have been colossal sales duds (especially the one running Win RT) and Nokia, which is close to becoming Redmond’s property, is prepping a far superior slate with FHD screen and Snapdragon 800 CPU, you’d think the wisest call at this point would be the halting of the Surface project.
It’s the same old story with just a slightly tweaked script. Windows-based tablets are better than Apple’s iPads, despite what sales numbers say, and the best Microsoft can come up with to prove that is through deceitful commercials that only tell one side of the story.