Nokia is ramping up to take a tablet to market, rumours have indicated for several months. The Verge adds more information to the puzzle on Monday, saying the Finnish company is launching a 10.1-inch tablet, codenamed Sirius, at a 26 September launch event in New York City. The handset maker, which has become the go-to for Windows Phone, will be hopping into the budding tablet market controlled by Apple, Amazon, Samsung and others with Windows RT, a software that has been criticised by several OEMs.
The Sirius (which could be just a codename) will be thinner than Apple's fourth-generation iPad, with a lighter feel at 45g, The Verge says. It will have a 6-megapixel camera on the back for the customers who prefer a larger grip when snapping photos, and a 2-megapixel camera on the front for plenty of selfies. The amount of brightness on the 10.1-inch screen is said to be ideal for the outdoors, with 10 hours of battery life, LTE, 32GB of storage, a micro HDMI connector and a micro USB port all being provided.
A specific price wasn't named in the latest report, but the Sirius tablet is said be priced similarly to the iPad to be competitive in nature. A keyboard accessory that includes a battery for additional charging and other optional accessories will be made available at launch.
In a February interview, when asked whether building a tablet would be a distraction from the task of building a successful and popular phone range, Elop said he didn't believe so. He went so far as to tell us that tablets are an important part of how consumers now operate, and that he enjoys using them. He said he had used an iPad and the Nexus 7.
"It's not a distraction," Elop said. "It is an important part of how consumers operate today. People are increasingly expanding their perspective of what their digital experience or life should be. The phone is part of that, tablets are becoming more a part of that just like PCs, televisions, gaming platforms."
The company has not confirmed details of the Nokia tablet, but it clearly has something planned. The Verge adds that we can expect the build quality to be similar to that of a Nokia handset.
While many companies are turning away from Windows RT, it seems Nokia shows no fear with the Sirius. The Microsoft Surface, which utilises the software, has been a bit of a flop with Microsoft losing money on the tablet. Furthermore, Asus dumped Windows RT because of financial losses and the "industry sentiment is also that Windows RT has not been successful".
Windows RT's saving grace could be Nokia if done right.