Microsoft is not the only one to be fiercely backing its Windows RT platform, for it has an ally in Nokia, who also said to be readying a tablet based on the beleaguered Windows version. Interestingly, it’s not the first time that the Finnish phone maker has been associated with a tablet running Windows RT, though Nokia loyalists surely hope this is the last time they see Nokia being linked with a Windows RT tablet. While a tablet from Nokia is welcome, there is less excitement for a platform that has been debunked by almost every other hardware manufacturer on planet earth.
Nevertheless, a tablet carrying a Nokia badge has emerged online. The tablet further carries the logo of Verizon 4G LTE, along with Windows RT. The tablet has been done up in bright red, which shows Nokia is not shying away from implementing its “colorful” approach to the smartphone segment for its tablet business as well. It’s uncertain, though, if bright and attractive shades alone can save a product when the OS has the least takers in the industry right now.
As for specs, the purported tablet seems to offer a full HD 10.1 inch display, a 2.1 GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 chip, 32 GB of internal storage, along with several USB as well a microHDMI port. Sources also mentioned a detachable keyboard being offered.
Meanwhile, there is some good news for Nokia or for the Windows platform as a whole. While Windows Phone 8 has emerged as the third preferred OS in the smartphone segment (Nokia being the single largest manufacturer of Windows handsets has lots to cheer about here), Windows has also increased its margin in the tablet space as well, albeit just marginally. Windows’ share of the global tablet market has grown to 4.5 percent, up from 3.7 percent. Windows has also defied the global downturn in the tablet space during second quarter where it recorded a growth of 11 percent when the segment itself shrunk by 8 percent. What remains to be seen now is whether Nokia can change things around for the Windows RT operating system.