What is known about the supposed upcoming Nokia tablet?
(UPDATED: The Nokia Lumia 2520 was confirmed on October 22, as seen in the picture below.)
Actually, very little. But there’s no limit to the speculations out there. Nokia once again entering the tablet business have been confirmed by several people within Nokia, from the CEO to designers, but nobody would reveal any details whatsoever, and seemed to use their statements mostly as opportunities to generate feedback to see what interest there was in a Nokia tablet out there.
Another fact is that Nokia will host a special event on
September 26 in New York. This is what is know. (UPDATED: This even has now been postponed to October 22, corresponding with the Windows 8.1 release.)
The names have been ranging from Lumia 2520 to Sirius to Vanquish to RX-114 and finally Lumia Tab.
By the end of September, Nokia Lumia 2520 seems to be the latest name.
As for rumors, there are sources that actually claims the company will definitely launch a Nokia tablet on September 26 – for the moment only codenamed Nokia Vanquish or Nokia Sirius, though it used to be referred to as the Lumia Tab.
Specs, purported pictures, and even potential benchmark tests have been floating all over the Internet for more than a year.
The benchmark test lists Nokia’s device as the Nokia RX-114, with Windows OS, a Qualcomm Adreno 330 GPU, and 1371×771 resolution. Not much to make sense of.
The general belief is that the Nokia tablet will be running Windows RT, which gives it a thumbs down rating by people even before it is launched. Even if it will be launched with the new Windows 8.1 RT it would still struggle to convince people to get this device over all other Windows 8 tablets available today. But Nokia have have previously sounded quite hesitant towards Windows RT in general, so the appearance of Windows RT would dumbfound pretty much everyone.
The rumored specs are good though. A 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Qualcomm Adreno 330 graphics processor would be sufficcient for the 1920×1080 pixel resolution display, and would make it pretty snappy. It also looks like there’s going to be a stylus pen built into either the tablet itself or an included cover.
Purported images are everywhere, but they don’t say anything yet.
So for the time being, it looks like the rumors are unusually unreliable and that we will have to wait until September 26 to see what Nokia has up it’s sleeve.
When I wrote that Nokia is once again entering the tablet business it was because Nokia had what they called a line of Nokia Internet Tablets released back in 2005, with examples such as the 770, N800, and N810 models above.
However, by today’s tablet and smartphone standards, these “tablets” were so small they would not even be considered phablets today, with 4.13-inch displays.
How time flies.
– Jim Miller