A couple of days ago the Digitimes reported that Nokia had restarted development of a Windows RT tablet and was planning a MWC launch. The Verge is now reporting that Nokia is hard at work to develop a detachable keyboard that will include an integrated battery, which will take on Microsoft’s own Surface. The tablet is also said to have cellular connectivity unlike the current crop of Windows RT tablets and in the US, AT&T will be amongst the first carriers to launch it. Also Read - Nokia C20 Plus budget smartphone launched: Check specs, price and other details
The tablet, which could be unveiled at MWC in February, will have a 10 hour battery, twin USB ports and even HDMI connectivity. This keyboard will wrap around the tablet like a book cover and will also integrate a kickstand. Nokia is also working on a fast charging system and the tablet will charge 50 percent in a very short period of time. Also Read - Google gives another reason to consider Snapdragon-based Android devices
The Digitimes report stated that Nokia is planning only to produce 200,000 units initially and will ramp up production according to demand. The tablet will utilize a dual-core Qualcomm chip. It’s worth noting all the Windows RT tablets to date have utilized the Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset, which has four cores so this could be amongst the first Windows RT tablets to utilize a Qualcomm chip.
Previously, Nokia’s design chief Marko Ahtisaari said that he spent a third of his time designing a tablet, but it appears the company put the tablet project on the backburner in the wake of the Microsoft Surface. Now that the Surface has not been a runaway hit, it feels more confident about its chances in the tablet space.
Additionally, in recent interviews Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has hinted towards an impending tablet launch without giving aways specifics. In an interview to Businessweek he said “There’s a new tablet opportunity coming. We see the opportunity. Unquestionably, that will change the dynamics.”