Rumor: Nokia to release a Qualcomm powered Windows 8 tablet in Q4 2012

Way back in November of last year, Paul Amsellem, the former Head of Nokia France, said that the Finnish handset maker would be releasing a Windows 8 tablet in June 2012. Seems that he was off by a quarter if this latest rumor from DigiTimes is to be believed. Our favorite Taiwanese rumor site says:

“Nokia will team up with Microsoft to venture into the tablet PC market by releasing a 10-inch Windows 8-based tablet PC set on Qualcomm’s dual-core platform in the fourth quarter of 2012 at the earliest. Nokia is expected to outsource production of the 10-inch tablets to Compal Electronics with the first batch of shipments to top 200,000 units.”

None of this is really surprising. Nokia is now Microsoft’s bitch for all intents and purposes, and these days practically every handset maker also manufactures a tablet. What OS did you honestly think Nokia’s first tablet would run? Symbian? MeeGo? Of course it’s going to run Windows 8. Now it should be noted that this isn’t the first “computer” that Nokia has made. In August 2009 Nokia launched the “Booklet 3G”, which was pretty much the most over priced and under powered netbook to ever hit the market. The thinking behind it was “people like our brand, so let’s put it on a computer!” … and it obviously didn’t work. Will this mysterious tablet fare any better? That’s tough to say since we don’t know how the public will react to Windows 8 and the radically new user interface it brings to the table.

The bigger question here is pricing. Nokia’s Windows 8 tablet will have to compete against the retina display packing $500 third generation iPad, the $400 second generation iPad, and the $200 Amazon Kindle Fire. This isn’t going to be easy for Nokia, but we’re curious none the less to see what their talented designers can come up with.

  • If anyone can make a fair priced affordable 10.1 inch 16 x 9 Windows 8 Tablet. Nokia can do it they have the Leadership and Engineeriing and the Asian sources that can get it done but the best Windows 8 Tablets are going to BE the Intel X86 Tablets because they can run full PC Windows 7 Business and games Programs without a hitch which means the Intel x86 Windows 8 Tablets comes to the market with thousands upon thousands of Full PC programs to Choose from. The Gamer community is already excited about this they cannot wait for them. The”New Ipad” may have better picture and a lot of Apps and good battery life but The Windows 8  intel x86 Tablets will be the darling tablets of the Enterprise and consumers will have a tablet that can run thousands upon thousands of PC programs. if they can make the Intel x86 Tablets cheap enough and the  battery life if made good enough Windows 8 Tablets will be a great alternative to The Ipad. Windows 8 tablet wont kill the Ipad because it is a good Tablet with a name and HAS Thousands of Apps but I predict if the windows 8 Intel x86 tablets have good battery life and are priced right they will be worth buying BECAUSE you will get some use out them because they already have the PROGRAMS AVAILABLE FOR BUSINESS AND PLEASURE.

  • There are numerous companies that manufacture tablet PCs that run Windows OS all the way from Samsung to Acer to Asus, & then there’s Android tablets & the pioneer of the market, the iPad.

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