Images of Nokia Windows RT prototype tablet exposed?
We’re not too sure about this story, folks, so take it with a grain of salt. For quite a few months now, we’ve heard reports of Nokia working on a Windows 8 tablet (originally RT, then reportedly they went with full 8.x), though up until now we have never seen one.
These images, posted in the Windows Phone Central Forums by Rubik_H2CO3, may or may not be legit. The specs are a bit dated: Tegra 3 1.3Ghz processor, 2GB RAM, HDMI-OUT, USB Port, SIM Slot, 16point touchscreen, running Windows RT. The poster notes that they think this prototype was dropped due to the Tegra 3 chipset, which is used in a handful of Windows machines these days.
The only giveaway in the two photos that this is a Nokia tablet is the logo lightly emblazoned on the back. Such an addition could in theory be easy to fake with Photoshop but an initial analysis does not reveal any trickery that has been done to the photo.
We can confirm through various sources that Nokia and partners are actively testing a Windows 8 tablet of some sorts. In fact, we’ve heard some recent murmurs of “…a 6 inch phablet (GDR3), and tablet in Nov. Also a mini tab in the 1st Q 2014” from the Finnish company. Where the above device fits in to that picture, we just don’t know.
One early rumor was Nokia had an RT device ready to launch earlier in the year, but due to soft sales of RT versus full Windows 8 machines, Nokia abandoned that idea. Whether there is any truth to it, we’re still in the dark, though hopefully more information will be forthcoming.
With all of that being said, the device itself doesn’t look too remarkable, missing even a rear camera, which seems odd for Nokia.
Due to our unfamiliarity with the poster and the possibility of faked images, we're giving this a "5" on our rumor meter. We know a Nokia Windows tablet is coming, we just don't know if this is it.
Source: Windows Phone Central Forums; Thanks, FaisalBAhmed, for the tip!
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.