Nokia’s first Windows RT tablet apparently won’t be the last. The company’s Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet with a 10 inch display and Microsoft Windows RT software is scheduled to ship soon for $499 and up.
The tablet will reportedly have a Qualcomm processor and it’s expected to be available only in select markets at launch. It’s not clear if it will be available around the globe.
At this point there are a handful of companies offering 8 inch Windows tablets, including Dell and Lenovo. But those devices all feature x86 processors and Windows 8.1 software.
The Nokia Illusionist tablet could be one of the first with an ARM-based processor and Windows RT instead. It’s not entirely clear what benefits that would offer. There was a time when ARM-based tablets offered significantly better battery life than models with Intel chips, but Intel’s Atom Bay Trail processors are starting to show up in tablets which offer all-day battery life.
Microsoft is also expected to introduce a Surface tablet with a 7.5 inch display in early 2014. With Microsoft likely to become the proud new owner of Nokia soon, that could mean Microsoft will have two 8 inch Windows RT tablets in its inventory (as well as two 10 inch models, with the Surface tablet and Nokia Lumia 2520).