Rumors of a new Nokia tablet release date for some time in 2013 are anything but new, with the Finnish company having made no bones about the fact that a slate is indeed in the pipeline. However, it’s now looking as though an imminent launch is most likely out of the question, as industry analysts warn that Nokia will not be showcasing a new tablet PC at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, effectively ruling out a Q1 release date.
According to Strategy Analytics, ongoing checks have brought to light information that Nokia’s tablet PC project is as of yet nowhere near ready to bear fruit – even to a prototype extent. This would certainly seem to mirror additional reports over the course of the weekend which revealed that Nokia is in fact still considering its options in terms of OS for its next tablet, suggesting that little progress has been made.
Given the way in which the makeup of the tablet would be very different depending on whether it was built around Windows RT or Android, chances are the device might not yet be out of the starting blocks.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing however, as Nokia has long been expected to focus primarily and almost exclusively on Smartphones for this year’s MWC and the immediate months to follow. The company has a massive stake invested in the success or otherwise of Windows Phone 8 and has also piqued the attention of the critical and consumer world with talk of a new Nokia Lumia EOS Smartphone with 41-megapixel PureView camera technology.
As such, it would be safe to assume that putting tablet PC plans somewhat on the backburner for now makes perfect sense for Nokia – a brand once considered the world’s most elite in next-generation cell-phone production.