A Nokia Windows 8 tablet run on a dual-core ARM-based processor with a 10-inch display is set for release in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a report citing an unnamed supplier.
The DigiTimes report isn't the first talk of Windows tablet from Nokia. Last November, Paul Amsellem, the manager of Nokia's French division, told newspaper Les Echos that the company would have a tablet that runs Windows 8 in June 2012. That seems a bit soon, given that Microsoft hasn't even announced a Windows 8 release date yet, but it leaves little room for doubt that Nokia and Microsoft are working on something.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has also added fuel to the fire, saying in April 2011 that the company was assessing its tablet strategy. "We have to take a uniquely Nokia prospective and so the teams are working very hard on something that would be differentiating relative to everything else that's going on in the market," he told Finland's YLE television.
With smartphones, Nokia has essentially bet its future on Microsoft. The companies announced a close partnership last year that will see Nokia phasing out its other operating systems and focusing on Windows Phone. With Microsoft expected to merge its phone and PC operating systems, Nokia seems likely to expand from phones to tablets.
If Nokia is working on a Windows 8 tablet, it won't be the first time the company tries to cash in on a computing craze. In 2009, Nokia built a netbook running Windows 7, with built-in 3G, GPS and premium materials such as aluminum and glass.