LTE-enabled Nokia Windows RT tablet leaks, rumoured to sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

Daniel Bader

August 16, 2013 9:30am

Windows RT may not have been the belle of the ball Microsoft wished for, and many OEMs are shying away from releasing a tablet with the ARM-compatible OS, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead.

Microsoft itself is rumoured to be launching a second-generation Surface RT in the coming months, having recently discounted the initial version to $349, and Nokia, Microsoft’s only true OEM partner these days, is also planning to release a Windows RT-powered tablet.

Nokia’s rumoured Windows RT tablet was leaked by Chinese site Digwo, and shows off a matte red backing, complete with Verizon 4G LTE logo and a Windows RT insignia. Nokia is expected to debut the tablet at a special event on September 26th, and has apparently been drumming up developer support in the process. Windows RT is a version of the operating system compatible with ARM-based processors like Qualcomm’s popular Snapdragon series, but is backwards incompatible with all legacy Windows apps. The drawback, then, is that users must pick from a lacklustre group of apps available in the Windows Store.

If any company (aside from Microsoft) is going to court developers, it’s Nokia. The company has been able to earn several big-name exclusives for its Windows Phone line, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them do the same for Windows RT. What’s interesting, though, is that some of these apps may not even be available, at least at first, for Microsoft’s second-generation Surface RT, either.

The rumoured tablet will be much faster than last year’s Tegra 3-powered Surface RT, sporting a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM. It will also be LTE compatible, allowing carriers like Verizon to sell it directly to consumers on contract.

  • Collin Lewis

    why would anyone want rt when they can get a tablet that runs full windows 8, or Android?? i can’t see this being a hit untill it’s like 199.99

    • Marc Palumbo

      It all depends what you want it for. Since I have 2 machines running full Windows 8, the RT version will suit me just fine to use Smartglass and other Windows 8 apps. RT makes a lot of sense for those that already have full Win 8 machines and want a tablet as a secondary device. Plus, full Windows 8 machines are more expensive, so if you want a WIn tablet and you want to save some money, RT is the way to go

    • Collin Lewis

      but there’s no apps on RT.. compared to android or iOS

    • Collin Lewis

      For that price you could go get a new Nexus 7, waaay better value.

    • Stylinred

      your comment only makes sense if the RT tablet is priced accordingly and historically they aren’t and even for the price of the acer iconia tablet you could get a nexus7 which is far better and has far more apps

  • trickster_qc

    It’s clear consumers don’t want Windows RT.

  • Nadefrenzy

    lol.. destined to fail unless it’s <=$200.

    • JB

      This is true. There is really no market for tablets…only a market for ipad touch screen toys.

  • George 44

    Nokia is stupid. No one will this. They’re wasting their design. Microsoft’s RT Surface had great hardware and still no one is buying it at 350. Why would anyone buy this?

    Nokia signed their death warrant when they signed their deal with Microsoft.

    • Eric Sylvain

      The biggest reason I see people not wanting the Surface RT is because of the Tegra 3. It wasn’t nearly as fast as it should have been for the price, and could get quite laggy depending how hard you push it.

      It really all depends on the pricepoint – with a Snapdragon 800 w/ LTE, $500 would actually make sense.

      And when you compare RT to iOS and Android tablets, it really is a step ahead in terms of the OS itself. The only thing lacking is apps – and they’re coming in strong. It’s only a matter of time.

    • Nadefrenzy

      Lol fail analysis. The biggest reason it’s not being sold is the crappy nerfed OS. Get regular Windows on there or Android

    • Eric Sylvain

      That “Nerfed OS” is somehow better than Android. Imagine that.

    • Nadefrenzy

      Maybe in your little mind. Time to get real.

    • izdane

      Do you really think people care that it had a Tegra 3? People buys cheap crap Android tablets which are running gingerbread, with a h-vga display and a single core processor and they are still happy with it.

    • Eric Sylvain

      That literally means nothing in relation to this. Whatever tablets you’re talking about were probably only $75. If not, those people wouldn’t know better to start with. I don’t know a single person that would be happy with something like that.

      I know for a fact that people care about it having a Tegra 3, just like the first gen Nexus 7 having a Tegra 3. It’s a complete pile of junk a CPU, and really not up-to-par in term of performance. If you haven’t owned an original Nexus 7 and experienced the lag, either you’re too used to Android, or you don’t pay much attention when using it.

      The only reason the Nexus 7 sold FAR better, was because the price to performance ratio could be justified. Surface RT, not so much. But a Snapdragon 800? Put that machine in peoples hands, and they’ll see that it’s worth it.

    • izdane

      Firstly I do own a first gen Nexus 7 and I know the lag that you are talking about. That is because Android didn’t have TRIM support and the memory got clogged up. Have you tried using your Nexus 7 with the 4.3 update.

      Secondly, putting a Snapdragon 800 in there won’t solve the problem that Windows RT isn’t selling. People aren’t buying RT because there are very little apps for it not because they are unhappy with the hardware. Now if this ran Windows 8 pro, that would be a different story…

    • Eric Sylvain

      I’ve had the 4.3 update since it was available, but it only improved slightly performance wise. I still notice lag in all the weirdest places…

      Back to my initial point though – apps are coming in fast to the Windows Store. There definitely still isn’t enough to satisfy people from Android or iOS, but it’s growing at a very nice rate and will only get better. The apps work on both RT and Windows 8, so regardless if RT “dies out”, people with old RT devices will continue to have more and more apps available. And just like Windows Phone 8, RT will soon enough have all the essential apps available and more, and on a superior OS (in mine and many others’ opinion).

      Microsoft just REALLY sucks at telling consumers exactly what their looking at.

  • Rick City

    An RT tablet between 7 and 8 inches that sold for around $200 could be a decent seller. a 10-inch RT tablet that will likely be priced between $300-$400? No sale.

    • saqrkh

      This LTE unit is for the people who bought into Lumia 1020, i.e. a relatively limited market, and the price will reflect it. It wouldn’t surprise me if the LTE Nokia tablet comes in at a solid $799, just look at those specs…

      That said, I wouldn’t discount Nokia from actually developing a cheaper, much more price-competitive tablet on Windows RT or even 8.1. They fully understand that the entry-level market is their real bread and butter (Lumia 520).

      I do expect to see a $300 Windows 8.1 machine from Nokia, not RT. The Afro-Asian market would likely prefer an x86 machine that could run legacy apps, and from a marketing PoV, it’d be easier to position a full PC alongside a Lumia 5xx phone than trying to explain what Windows RT is…

      Whether said device will be a 10.1 inch or 7-8 inch device I can’t say, and whether it’ll use Intel Bay Trail or some AMD chip is beyond me. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the x86 guys have gotten their acts straight in terms of pushing tablet CPUs suitable for the entry level tablet market.

      Sure, Nokia could always plop in some old school Pentium CPU, but if you look at Lumia 520, the quality at that price point outpaces the competition. So I imagine Bay Trail is in Nokia’s crosshairs.

  • daftchemist

    I actually like the Nokia/windows partnership. Even tho I don’t have one I wish it caught on more. Sigh, oh well. It’s a shame.

  • Twonald

    no, no, no, no. why in the world would you waste money on this Nokia? no one will by a windows rt tablet, that has been established. blerg

  • saqrkh

    Honestly, I’d be OK with this on Windows RT so long as Nokia equips it with an active digitizer for inking.

    Looking at the specs it is clear this is a premium device, but if you’re going to fly high then fly all the way, don’t skip out on the stuff that just make sense on a Windows tablet.

    If the best apps on Windows RT are apps such as OneNote, FreshPaint, etc, then how can you not include an active digitizer on a premium unit?

    Anyways, this is a great companion device for those using Lumia 10xx and Lumia 9xx phones, no matter the price that small market will buy and you have a shot at a profitable (albeit small) business.

    However, as aptly demonstrated by the Lumia 520, Nokia’s real hope lies in the mass-market and with low-cost (but relatively high quality) devices. Nokia needs to figure out a mass-market tablet on Windows 8.1 proper.

    Unfortunately, this depends on how true Intel will stay to its claim about Bay Trail resulting in $300 tablets. Either Windows RT needs to be optimized to run on lower-end Snapdragon CPUs, or someone needs to come up with a cheap x86 solution.

    • R Joshi

      yaa, we need (its must for any tablet) Windows RT Device with Active Digitalizer Stylus for Note Taking, coz Tablets are only useful for

      1) Viewing Photo albums, movies
      2) Note taking
      3) reading ebooks & documents (reading only, edit is hard on tablets)
      4) Simulation apps (games, drawing, music instruments etc.)

  • Rich

    This is DOA, unfortunately. Just like any Blackberry tablet that would have come out.
    You need either a rich platform or a low cost (& by extension no margin) hardware device. Android is both of those… seems almost impossible to keep with from a value standpoint.

  • SC

    With Bay Trail T right around the corner that is capable of running Windows 8.1 for less than $400, there’s really no point to get this.