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Nokia to ‘unveil Windows RT tablet in February’

by Doug Drinkwater

December 19 2012

A purported image of Nokia's forthcoming Windows 8 tablet
A purported image of Nokia's forthcoming Windows 8 tablet

The rumors on a Nokia-branded tablet are back, with a new report suggesting that the Finnish handset maker will finally release a Windows RT at the Mobile World Congress in February.

Citing supply chain makers, Taiwanese news website Digitimes claims that the firm had originally planned to develop a 10-inch Windows RT tablet with Qualcomm’s S4 processor in Q1 of 2012, with Compal pencilled in to do the ODM production and bring 200,000 ‘test’ units to market.

However, the sources indicate that the firm then pulled away from the project on the announcement of Microsoft’s Surface, supposedly because it wanted to see what market reaction to Windows RT would be like.

It now appears that Nokia will aim to unveil the model at the Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona, Spain (February 25-28), although the source says that the firm could re-evaluate its shipment and marketing plans given the relative lack of success of the Surface RT tablet.

Rumors on a Nokia tablet have done the rounds for some time now with now-departed chairman Jorma Ollila hinting that the company would do an array of tablets.

Before that design chief Marko Ahtisaari confirmed that the firm was working on a tablet, while a more recent claim suggested Microsoft was testing the device.

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