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Windows RT flag bearer Nokia reportedly prepping 8-inch tablet

by Doug Drinkwater

November 5 2013

Nokia's outgoing CEO Stephen Elop took the wraps off the Lumia 2520 tablet last month
Nokia's outgoing CEO Stephen Elop took the wraps off the Lumia 2520 tablet last month

Microsoft’s $7 billion outlay on Nokia’s hardware business could end up paying dividends. According to reports, the Finnish handset maker is working on its second Windows RT tablet, just one month after launching the first model.

The new tablet is reportedly dubbed the ‘Illusionist’ (it certainly will be magic if the tablet can revive Nokia’s flagging fortunes) and is due to ship with Windows RT 8.1 and a Qualcomm processor, according to sources at The Verge and Twitter tipster evleaks.

The slate is pencilled in to launch early next year.

That timeframe is likely to coincide with Microsoft closing the deal to acquire Nokia. The deal, which was announced back in September, is worth $7.2 billion and sees Nokia’s outgoing CEO Stephen Elop return to his former employers.

(Worth reading: Nokia pits the Lumia 2520 up against the Surface 2 & Microsoft veep hints at Surface mini tablet)

Regardless of the financial buyout, this news is certainly good for the flagging ARM-based Windows RT operating system which has been abandoned by almost all tablet vendors.

Indeed, should this smaller Nokia tablet and Microsoft’s much-rumored Surface mini come to fruition, it would mean that the two companies would be the only vendors to offer two Windows RT tablets.

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