Nokia is reportedly to unveil its first Windows 8 based tablet in June next year. The Finnish mobile maker’s France head Paul Amsellem has revealed to the French newspaper Les Échos that the company would unveil its first Windows 8 tablet mid next year. No more details about the potential Nokia tablet are available. No other sources including the mobile maker’s CEO Stephen Elop have exposed anything about the tablet’s arrival.
Mr. Elop once told Bloomberg that Windows 8 would change the dynamics of tablet industry. However, the former Microsoft Canada head did not reveal when there will be a tablet PC from Nokia with Windows 8, which is not yet in beta mode, however. Most possibly, we will have the Nokia tablet mid next year after Windows 8’s arrival in the early months of 2012.
What’s been refreshed?
Microsoft and Nokia have reached in a strategic partnership to realize a new ecosystem in mobile industry in rivalry to Apple and Google Android. As per the agreement, Nokia will exclusively produce hardware solutions for Microsoft’s revamped Windows OS. On its way, the Finnish mobile maker has ditched its own OS platforms like Symbian and MeeGo. All upcoming products from Nokia both smartphones and tablets will be running on Windows OS.
A Windows 8 tablet from Nokia will certainly be a great challenge to its competitors like Apple iPad and Android tablets. Windows 8 will add several cutting edge features to a tablet from Nokia. Microsoft has not yet revealed all new features of Windows 8 for tablets. However, some are leaked by tech blogs. The below given are some notable features of Windows 8; of course, they will be on the potential Nokia tablet.
1. A new user interface: Microsoft has designed a new user interface called Metro UI for Windows 8. It is actually an updated interface of Windows Phone 7. You will have tile-based icons with enough space for fresh updates on the home screen of a Windows 8 tablet.
2. Social hub: Managing social media sites like Facebook, Twitter LinkedIn and others will be quite easy on a Windows 8 tablet thanks to the special social hub feature. You will have advanced options to connect with friends on social media sites on a Windows 8 tablet.
3. Windows Store: In style of Apple App Store, there will be a state-of-the-art app store with Windows 8. You can download apps for your devices from the store, which will have a gorgeous design with attractive background images.
4. Internet Explorer 10: The upcoming version of Internet Explorer 10 will be on Windows 8 PCs and tablets. Web surfing becomes far nice on IE 10 that supports advanced technologies like Microsoft Silverlight, HTML 5 and Adobe Flash.
Nokia has been in phone manufacturing for long years. The company is for the first time to launch a high quality tablet PC. So it will be with some innovative features. Moreover, the Nokia tablet is to come with Windows 8, the next major update to Microsoft’s Windows OS for PCs. The Redmond software has designed Windows 8 to run on both ARM- chips-based tablets and personal computers.
What’s not so good?
The Nokia Windows 8 tablet is yet to come out. We have no information other than that it will be a Windows 8-based tablet. And so, no drawbacks of the tablet are available for a review.
Price and availability
The tablet PC from Nokia is rumored to come out of furnace mid next year. The device is not officially announced; so there are no pricing details available.
Microsoft and Nokia signed a strategic deal to set up a new ecosystem in handset industry. It is actually part of Microsoft’s tactics to confront with Apple and Google. The company partnered with Nokia to churn out a new ecosystem against Apple iOS and Google Android. For the purpose, Microsoft is to make its next PC software update a single solution for both PCs and tablets. If Nokia releases better performing tablets, Windows 8 can gain soil in the thick tablet market earlier than expected.