Nokia Appears Set to Launch Windows RT Tablet in Early 2013

The Verge reports that Nokia is planning to launch its own Windows RT tablet early in 2013. Reportedly, it will sport an iPad- and Surface-like 10.1 inch display and will include HDMI and USB ports.

Quoting sources knowledgeable about Nokia’s plans, the website says that Nokia plans to launch a special cover for the tablet with an integrated battery that can power the tablet and an additional 2 USB ports. The tablet itself will reportedly have a 10-hour capacity and ability to rapidly charge to 50%.

Rumors in the industry indicated that Nokia planned to develop the tablet equipped with Qualcomm’s S4 processor in early 2012. Further, sources stated that the company intended to ship a comparatively small batch of 200,000 units to see what kind of demand there was in the Windows 8 market.

If things go as planned, sources state, the company will then follow the RT device with a Windows 8 tablet later. There are indications also that Nokia may unveil its first tablet at Mobile World Congress in February 2013.

Nokia has responded recently by saying it does not “comment on market rumor or speculation.” However, back in March, in response to questions about the company’s tablet plans, Nokia design chief Marko Ahtisaari said they were “working on it“.

It would certainly make sense that Nokia would use its ‘special relationship’ with Microsoft to take advantage of opportunities in the tablet market. It now seems that they will.  Read the Verge article here.