Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) tablet may be launching sooner than you think. Recent reports indicate that the Windows RT based tablet will arrive in early 2013.
The Verge reports that the tablet will come with a battery-operated keyboard cover. This will enable the device to run as it’s own auxiliary power supply. It will also feature USB and HDMI ports, mobile connection, and 10.1 inch display.
It’s predicted that AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) will be the first carrier to sell the Nokia tablet.
Tom Warren of The Verge goes into further detail of the matter:
We’re told that the large majority of Nokia’s focus with its tablet is on a battery-equipped cover. Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) will release a special cover for the tablet that envelops it like a book. Clicking into place, the cover provides a keyboard and a kickstand for the tablet. Nokia has also built a battery into the cover that can be used to power the tablet once it runs low on energy. Two USB ports on the case will also provide additional connectivity. We understand that the main tablet will have a 10-hour capacity with fast charging that boosts the battery capacity to 50 percent in a short period of time.
Our sources have revealed that the Finnish company is planning to build a small number of the tablets initially, with a view to potentially building a Windows 8 device later. Nokia’s first tablet will run on an ARM chip with Microsoft’s new Windows RT operating system. Recent reports have suggested that Nokia may unveil it’s tablet at Mobile World Congress in February.
Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) has yet to release an official statement or note regarding the rumor. According to The Point Daily, Nokia may face some tough competition next year when HTC Corp (TPE:2498) introduces two new tablets with Windows RT. These tablets are geared towards a Q3 release.