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Nokia tablet rumoured for Autumn

Nokia tablet rumoured for Autumn

Could Nokia be planning an upscaled version of its old Internet Tablet range to compete with Apple's iPad?

An industry analyst believes that Finnish mobile giant Nokia could be looking to launch an iPad-style tablet of its own, possibly built around the MeeGo Linux-based operating system.

Ashok Kumar - an analyst at Rodman Renshaw - is described by The Street as being "close to Nokia's technology partners" and believes that the mobile 'phone manufacturer is looking to revive its presence in the tablet industry with a touch-screen device due as early as Autumn this year.

The move would represent a re-entry into the tablet marketplace for the company, which produced one of the first true tablet form factor devices in 2005 with its Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. This was followed by the Nokia 800, and later the 810 - all of which ran the company's Linux-based Maemo operating system but were met with general apathy by the gadget-buying masses. The line was finally folded back into the company's main smartphone product range with the launch of the N900, which combined the Internet Tablet device with a mobile handset.

Despite lacklustre sales for its Internet Tablets, it's not beyond the realms of possibility for Nokia to be watching Apple's iPad with interest - although the company is keeping its cards close to its chest on this one.

If the company should enter the market, SlashGear predicts that any slate-format device would likely run the hybridised Maemo/Moblin Linux distribution MeeGo, based on work carried out between Nokia and Intel.

Sadly, with nothing but rumour to go on, it could be some time before we see what - if anything - Nokia has up its sleeve for the burgeoning slate-format market.

Do you think that slim and light slates could be the future of portable computing, or are you struggling to see the point of such devices? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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rickysio 7th April 2010, 11:06 Quote
My (overclocked) N900 is far superior in web browsing to the iPad.

Why? Blue lego blocks don't taunt me in 90% of the webpages on the web.

Frankly speaking, the Harmattan OS makes a lot more sense as a tablet OS than Win7, Android or other OSes as it was built from the ground up as a tablet OS, which means that it really does fit the bill better. And for those who are sure to argue that the iPad has an locked-to-the-nth-rail-dumbproof OS, my grandparents found the N900 intuitive, and commented "why aren't all phones so easy to use?"
kempez 7th April 2010, 12:33 Quote
The iPad is bound to be a great device to use - my iPhone is fantastic to use.

As has been said though: no flash support means it's a huge no for me. How can I replace my wife's pretty much single purpose web-surfing laptop with a device that doesn't support Flash? The answer is that I can't.

It does mean though, that I can look around for something else. Not that I've found anything I'm keen on.
eddtox 7th April 2010, 12:52 Quote
If Nokia's tablet is anything like the N900 then I'll be queuing to buy it. The N900 is just awesome!
theskirrid 7th April 2010, 15:58 Quote
If you want to compete with the iPad just buy an iPhone and hold it a lot closer. And make no calls. Or ever take any pictures.

And +1 for the Nokia OS, it's fab, even my mum sent me a picture message the other day and that's akin to Paris Hilton winning a Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
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