Microsoft is going to acquire the Devices and Services division of Nokia, which means Microsoft is going into the smartphone business in a big way. But Nokia was also rumored to be about to release its first tablet, supposedly code-named “Sirius”. What’s going to happen with this device is now an open question.
The rumored Nokia tablet is reportedly going to run Windows RT. Microsoft already makes a tablet running this operating system, the Surface RT, which raises real questions about whether there’s any point in Nokia introducing a rival device.
Still, this deal is going to face intense regulatory scrutiny in the U.S. and in Nokia’s home country of Finland — it’s possible it won’t be approved. It might be premature for the two to begin acting as if it’s a “done deal”.
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More About the Nokia Sirius Tablet
According to information that has leaked out of Nokia, the Sirius will have a 10.1-inch and 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) display. The device will be thinner and lighter than Apple’s current iPad 4.
This tablet will allegedly run Windows RT 8.1 on Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, with 2GB of RAM. There will be 32GB of internal storage and a microSD memory card slot.
At least one version of the Sirius tablet will include support for 4G LTE cellular-wireless networking, and be offered by Verizon.