Nokia has scheduled an event to take place between 26th and 27th September, and we think this could be a sign of a new Windows 8 tablet launch.
There has been a great deal of speculation about whether Nokia will release a tablet at all. Earlier this year, Nokia’s Executive Vice President of Smart Devices had confirmed that it was an area the the company was very interested in, but so far, we’ve had no confirmation and a lot of speculation.
Last month, pictures emerged of a Nokia tablet running Windows RT, looking a lot like a larger Lumia smartphone. It wasn’t clear whether this was a prototype for the new tablet or a discontinued prototype design.
Now there are a few reasons why we think this is the real deal.
Nokia’s release schedule means that the company announces a major device about once a quarter. This year has already seen the release of the Lumia 925 and 1020 smartphones, so the next major release could be a tablet; it’s definitely time for something new.
The September event is to be held in New York, where the company tends to make its big announcements.
Finally, the GFXBench website has published details of a mysterious Nokia RX-114 benchmark test. Could this be the new tablet? The specs suggest it may be. The resolution is thought to be 1,372 x 771, which at first seems unusual, but by comparison the full HD 10.6” Microsoft Surface Pro tablet was assigned the same incorrect pixel dimensions by the site.
Other specs point to a quadcore processor and an Qualcomm Adreno 330 GPU. There’s little information about RAM or storage space and so far, Nokia seems to have been able to keep a lid on any leaks.
If the September announcement is for the new Nokia Windows 8 tablet, it is likely to be at the same time as the announcements for new iPad and Kindle Fire tablets. These will be major competitors for the company. Whatever happens, all signs point to an exciting price war as we head into autumn and towards the festive shopping season.