Nokia is said to be working on a Windows RT tablet, and we already saw photos of what may have been a prototype earlier in August. Now the folks at The Verge report they have more details about Nokia’s upcoming tablet.
The tablet is said to be code-named “Sirius” and have a 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 32GB of storage, a microSD card slot, micro USB port, and micro HDMI output.
It’s also expected to have a 6MP rear camera and 2MP rear camera, and the tablet is expected to be thinner than an iPad.
Nokia hasn’t released a consumer tablet since the company made the switch from Symbian and MeeGo smartphones and mobile internet devices to smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system.
Microsoft doesn’t market Windows Phone as a solution for tablets, so Nokia instead appears to be using Microsoft’s tablet-friendly Windows RT for its first 10 inch tablet. Like Windows Phone, Windows RT is designed to run on devices with low-power ARM-based processors, and the Nokia Sirius tablet is expected to get up to 10 hours of battery life.
But unlike Windows Phone, which is optimized for small screens, Windows RT basically has the same user interface as the full Windows 8 operating system. Unfortunately while there are both desktop and full-screen user interfaces, for the most part Windows RT only supports third party apps that use the full-screen “Metro” or “Modern” user interface, which means that most of the millions of apps that have been written for earlier versions of Windows won’t run on tablets like the Nokia Sirius.