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Nokia to launch a Windows 8 tablet by end of the year

The first 10-inch Windows 8 tablet by Nokia could be launching this fourth quarter

With most of the large mobile phone companies already venturing into tablets, it's natural that Nokia would make its way into the tablet market as well. According to DigiTimes, Nokia is said to be producing it's first tablet by the end of this year. However, unlike most tablets currently in the market, Nokia will start off by using Microsoft's Windows 8 instead of Android. An article by DigiTimes reports that Nokia will partner up with Microsoft to venture into the tablet PC market by releasing a 10-inch Windows 8-based tablet in the fourth quarter of 2012 at the earliest, according to sources at upstream component suppliers. The tablet will most probably run on Qualcomm's dual-core platform which might be an interesting move as this year is expected to be a year for quad-core tablets. The production of this 10-inch tablet could be outsourced to Compal Electronics and around 200,000 units are expected to be shipped in the first batch.

Dell, Samsung and HP have also revealed plans to start producing Windows 8-based tablets as soon as the latest version of Windows is available. The popularity of the iPad and the flood of Android tablets in the market aren't going to stop Microsoft from pushing its idea of a fully-functional tablet PC. With the amount of software, games and applications available for Windows, a Windows 8-based tablet may not be such a bad idea after all.


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Jaggy Jagadis, 2012-03-13 (Update: 2012-05-26)