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Report: Nokia to launch Windows-based tablet, Lumia phablet this year
Nokia is preparing to release a tablet running Windows 8.1 as well as a number of other devices in the coming months. The news comes courtesy of Nokia’s roadmap for the next four months which was recently seeded to fan site NokiaPowerUser via an anonymous tipster.
Specifically, the alleged roadmap claims Nokia will launch the new tablet in September followed by multiple dual-SIM Lumia-branded devices in October. It doesn’t end there, however, as the Finnish manufacturer will unveil a long-awaited phablet in November and even more devices the following month.
We’re told the tablet was expected to launch this month but was ultimately pushed back to coincide with the release date of Windows 8.1 from Microsoft. The decision to go with Windows 8.1 isn’t by coincidence as Nokia seems to have doubts about the success of Windows RT. There’s a possibility it could still arrive with WindowsRT but that seems doubtful.
The slate will launch with 4G LTE support through AT&T and will be announced during the last week of September. Cellular connectivity is an important feature, especially when you consider current Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets lack it.
We’ve heard rumors of a Lumia phablet before which lends a bit of credibility to the roadmap leak. Previous reports and leaked images point to a device with a 6-inch display that could go toe-to-toe with Samsung’s Galaxy Note line of smartphones.
As always, you should take this and any rumor with a healthy dose of salt.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the first smartphone featuring a 41 MegaPixels rear camera and 2-MP front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens. The Lumia 1020 is powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, along with a 4.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED touchscreen. Last but not least, you get WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, and GPS.
The Microsoft Surface RT offers the flexibility of a Windows 8-based tablet as well as an ultrabook-like computer. The Surface RT is powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra processor, 2GB of memory, a 1,366x768 wide-screen display, and Windows RT. Other features include a USB 2.0 port, HDMI-out, and a vapor-deposited magnesium chassis.
The Microsoft Surface Pro offers the flexibility of a Windows 8-based tablet as well as an ultrabook-like computer. The Surface Pro is powered by a Core i5 with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM, USB 3.0, and a miniDisplayPort. It also comes with a pressure-sensitive stylus with palm-rejection technology that magnetically clips to the charging port, and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display instead of the 1366 x 768 variety on the ARM-based model.
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