Only recently has Nokia shown a serious interest in developing tablets and the Lumia 2520 is a prime example. But, what if we were to tell you that the Finnish company had actually developed a tablet way back in 2001, but didn’t launch it? Finnish publication Digitoday has revealed the photo of the M510 web tablet, the first ever tablet Nokia never launched.
The tablet was revealed during an interview with Esko Yliruusi, a former data communication specialist at Nokia who worked on the device. He revealed how Nokia had more than 1,000 units made, but felt that it was way ahead of its time and consumers were not ready for it. As seen in the photo above, the tablet is not what you would call sleek, but you have to remember Nokia developed this tablet nine years before Apple launched its first iPad.
The M510 web tablet is quite bulky compared to today’s tabs and also has a stand to help you stand it up vertically. The display is black and white and rather than touch, it relies heavily on the buttons located on both sides of the display.
In terms of specifications, the tablet featured a 10-inch (800×600 pixels) display, 32MB of SDRAM, 32MB of flash memory, a battery that could last four hours, and a USB port that could be used to connect an external keyboard. On the software front, it ran on an old Symbian OS called EPOC and you could run apps like e-mail, calendar, Opera web browser and notepad app.
What if Nokia had launched the tablet, would the market be completely different from what it is today?