Nokia CEO Stephen Elop understands that the tablet market is a bit crowded at the moment but he believes there is still room to capitalize on it. According to a report from DigiTimes, sources from Nokia’s suppliers say that the Finnish company will enter the tablet market with Windows ARMed with a dual-core Qualcomm SoC by the end of the year. Based on Qualcomm’s system-on-chip roadmap, the most likely chipset would be the Snapdragon S4.
And since Snapdragon is apparent in various Windows Phone handsets, it seems natural considering that Microsoft’s spec for Apollo makes major use of S4. Apollo is the next Windows Phone update.
Taiwanese ODM Compal Electronics is expected to do the manufacturing duties for Nokia. 200,000 units of the purported 10-inch slabs are expected to be produced in the first run says DigiTimes. This aligns well with Dell’s strategy pushing Windows 8 for the enterprise. In any case, If Nokia is able to marry the winning industrial design of the Lumia 800 / 900 series with Windows 8’s form factor and performance, the Finnish company stands a good chance of being high on many holiday shopping lists. Yes, holidays. Which makes this rumor even crazier.
Sources say the tablet is slated for release at Q4 2012.