The patent appears to show a Nokia tablet with a keyboard cover and a kickstand and – adding to the mystery – was filed with the US Patent & Trademark Office on October 11, 2011, a whole year before the launch of Microsoft's first Surface.
And although Nokia had at one point been expected to launch its first tablet at the Mobile World Congress, the lack of any news since could perhaps suggest that the firm has had a re-think on its tablet plans.
If this was the case, then it is possible that this could relate to poor Surface sales or, alternatively, on worries that their design looked too alike the Surface.
Indeed, sources with close connections to the Finnish firm have previously told TabTimes that the model, with its 10.1-inch screen, kickstand and cover, looks “very similar to the Surface RT”.
The same sources added that Nokia may be holding back on launching the tablet because of reservations over the battery life (said to be less than eight hours) and more general concerns with Windows RT, the ARM-based version of Windows 8.