Nokia receives patents for 2 tablet designs
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Rumored Nokia tablets aren’t anything new, although the most recent suggestions do provide some sketches to look at. According to a couple of patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today, 2 different Nokia tablet designs have been approved. Unfortunately, the application for these designs was around a year ago (May 28th 2010) and they might not ever amount to much; especially after Nokia let go of its Meego OS.
The first tablet resembles the Nokia N8 a lot and actually appears to be an oversized version of it. If the sketch is to be believed, the tablet would have been roughly the thickness of a 3.5mm headphone jack and would have come with what appears to be an SD card slot. As for the 2nd sketch, it’s a bit more curvaceous than the first and looks like it has a wider bezel as well. Both designs seem to be in the 9 to 10 inch mold and don’t appear to have more than one physical button.
Unfortunately, given the application date on these tablet designs it looks like they never became more than simple sketches. In addition, Slashgear.com’s sources indicate that one of the tablets was proposed to certain European carriers who were “unimpressed” and weren’t interested in the device. While we definitely would have looked forward to seeing MeeGo OS running on a tablet, it appears that opportunity has come and gone and we’ll have to wait and see if Nokia decides to release any Windows Phone 7 tablets in the future.