Nokia has long been rumored to launch a Windows 8 tablet, but even though CEO Stephen Elop has dropped several hints on the matter, the Finnish telecom giant is yet to bring a slate to market.

Now it seems that the company may have already toyed with one model — a couple of photos have surfaced showing what is being called a cancelled Nokia tablet.

The device in question is said to have packed a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor, 2GB of RAM and powered by Windows RT. Connectivity options included HDMI Out, a USB port and a SIM slot. But it seems that Nokia decided to drop plans for the device due to a slow NVIDIA CPU.

Either that or the prototype was dropped when Microsoft announced Surface RT late last year.

You can take a look at the images at WPCentral, though there is no way to ascertain whether these are the real deal or not. Only reasonably assured thing is that the company may release a Windows powered slate in the near future. It can ill afford not to.

Rumor has it that the company is looking at launching a full Windows 8 device. This new strategy is quite in line with what other hardware vendors, including Asus, Samsung and Lenovo have been pursuing. However, no specifics have been provided on the matter, as of right now.

Perhaps the bigger question here is that how will Nokia distribute the tablet, if it gets around to developing one. Microsoft is still struggling to completely streamline the retail distribution of its Surface slates, and its worldwide retail options still leave a bit to be desired.

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