Nokia is reportedly set to launch a Windows RT based tablet early next year which will compete with the Microsoft Surface RT. The device is said to be launched by the Finnish giant at the Mobile World Congress to be held in Barcelona Spain this coming February.
The upcoming tablet is going to be a collaborative effort between Microsoft, Qualcomm, Compal and Nokia. It’s going to have a 10 inch display and will be using the Windows RT operating system. It will also come with a Surface-style keyboard cover however it will be unique in a sense that it will contain a battery that will supplement the battery of the device. This will greatly increase the operating time of the tablet without needing a recharge more often. The expected battery life of the tablet alone is 10 hours and with the added power coming from the cover will make it even better.
A U.S. release is quite possible as Nokia said it will include cellular access to the device compatible with the AT&T standard.
According to reports the company was supposed to launch this tablet in the first quarter of this year with an initial batch of 200,000 units to test the market. Microsoft’s announcement of their release of the Surface line this year prompted the company to focus instead on smartphones and delay their own tablet release.
Sales of the Surface tablet have been slow despite its amazing features. The entry of Nokia into this market might spark interest in this line and increase sales of Windows 8/RT tablets.
As expected the company refuses to comment on speculations on their upcoming device and if anything official is about to be announced its bound to happen during the MWC next year.