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Nokia rumoured to be working on a 10-inch Windows RT tablet to compete with the Surface

Andrew Sadauskas /

Nokia is rumoured to be working on a 10-inch tablet powered by the version of Windows – Windows RT – used on the consumer version of the Microsoft Surface.

According to DigiTimes, sources within Taiwanese supply-chain component manufacturers claim the Finnish smartphone maker is looking at co-operating with Microsoft, Qualcomm and device assembler Compal Electronics on the new device.

The company reportedly expects to unveil the new tablet at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona during February next year.

Nokia had previously been working on a 10-inch tablet to coincide with the launch of Windows RT, with a relatively small shipment of 200,000 units, in order to test the Windows RT market.

However, these plans were placed on hold when Microsoft announced it was entering the hardware market by building its own tablet with the Surface.

If the reports are accurate, the new tablet should be compatible with apps designed for the consumer version of Microsoft’s Surface tablet, however, will not be able to run apps designed for the desktop version of Windows 8.

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Andrew Sadauskas

Andrew Sadauskas is a former journalist at SmartCompany and a former editor of TechCompany.

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