Nokia may be looking to bolster its Windows Phone 8 efforts with a brand new Tablet PC running Windows RT, new reports suggest. According to Digitimes sources, Nokia is to once again attend the negotiation table with Qualcomm in order to iron out a deal that could see the Finnish company launch a Tablet PC to directly face-off against the Microsoft Surface RT Tablet.
The sources claim that the project was expected to come to fruition with a release date sometime in 2012, but had been put on hold specifically because of the Surface Tablet launch and late availability of Windows 8. As of now, the Nokia Windows RT Tablet could be destined to arrive early next year, which potentially sees it going head to head with the highly-disputed Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet.
Various factors including the announcement of the Surface RT Tablet and the fact that Windows Tablet PCs were largely uncharted waters are said to have contributed to Nokia’s holding back on original plans, just to see how things would ultimately pan out. Given the fact that Surface RT Tablet has so far earned mix review at best and talk of a highly-overprice Surface Pro Tablet for January continues, this could certainly prove an excellent time for Nokia to make an appearance and show Microsoft how it’s done.
…not that the Redmond software giant would likely be too pleases at having its toes well and truly stepped on, but this is after all what they themselves did with the Surface Tablet project in the first place.
Chances are that if the project is indeed to go ahead, Nokia will time its grand unveiling of the Windows RT Tablet around the 2013 MWC in Barcelona next February. The Surface Pro Tablet is expected to launch slightly before this, which has the potential to give Microsoft a distinct leg-up on Nokia should they hit the nail on the head this time.