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At the unveiling of Nokia’s new flagship, the Lumia 925, one of its executives said that the Finnish firm is “very interested in tablets.” This is according to CNET.
Executive vice president of smart devices for Nokia, Jo Harlow, said, “We’re very interested in tablets and that’s an area we’re looking at.” Sadly, she wouldn’t go into the specifics.
She went on to say, “I don’t have any product news I can share.”
Currently, Nokia is the only major device manufacturer that hasn’t come up with its own tablet. Although this may seem strange to some, it’s understandable why Nokia is quite apprehensive when it comes to the tablet market.
True, there are many manufacturers that have tried to market their own tablet, but none have come close to challenging the dominant device in the tablet market, the iPad.
Word on the street is, Nokia is working on a tablet and has been trying out various form factors. If ever the Finnish firm does launch a tablet, we’re almost certain that they will launch a tablet running Microsoft’s Windows 8 or Windows RT, given their partnership with Microsoft.
It is rumoured, however, that Nokia is considering an Android-powered tablet, with Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop previously discussing the advantages of a 7-inch Android tablet.
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It seems network operator Vodafone will be offering Nokia’s new Lumia, rumoured to be the Lumia 928.
On its official blog, Vodafone says, “There’s something big, bold and beautiful coming just around the corner. Nokia has invited the tech press to a gathering in London on May 14th to ‘see what’s next’ from Lumia, acting as the stage for the unveiling of a brand new Lumia product. The Vodafone team will be there in attendance, which can only mean one thing…
“Vodafone UK will be stocking the next chapter in the Lumia story.”
“Yep, that’s right: we’re proud to be able to say that (even though our lips are firmly sealed ahead of the launch) Vodafone UK will be stocking the next chapter in the Lumia story.
“We’ll be able to bring you a whole load more when the time comes, but for now you can rest assured that we’ll be among the first UK networks to offer Nokia’s new darling.
“We love the Nokia Lumia range, so this is a no brainer – the unique colours, the solid build and brilliant designs marry up perfectly with the slickness of Windows Phone 8. We currently stock the Nokia Lumia 920, 820, 520 and 620, and we can’t wait to bring any new members of the Lumia family into the fold.”
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It looks like Microsoft is cooking up a smaller Surface tablet to rival smaller tablets the competition has to offer such as the Apple iPad mini or the Google Nexus 7, according to The Register.
The news site reports, “Microsoft has quietly changed its OEM certification guidelines for Windows 8 to allow devices with lower screen resolutions, a move that could mean smaller Windows tablets are on the way.
“ZDNet’s Ed Bott was first to spot the rule change made earlier this month, which lowers the minimum screen size for a device bearing the Windows 8 logo to a petite 1024-by-768 pixels.
“Previously, the lowest such devices could go was 1366-by-768, which has become the standard resolution for consumer PC laptops with screens in the 13.3-to-15.6 inch range.”
So is Microsoft planning to launch a smaller Windows 8-powered tablet? According to the site, “As El Reg reported in January, sales of such tablets – all of which have screens measuring 10 inches or larger – weren’t particularly strong over the 2012 holiday shopping season.
“Meanwhile, customers were snapping up devices with smaller screens, such as the Asus-built Google Nexus 7, Amazon’s Kindle line, and the iPad mini – and some analysts have predicted that the iPad mini will outsell its larger cousin this year.”
All Microsoft was willing to say was, “This doesn’t imply that we’re encouraging partners to regularly use a lower screen resolution. In fact, we see customers embracing the higher resolution screens that make a great Windows experience. We understand that partners exploring designs for certain markets could find greater design flexibility helpful.”
Of course, since Microsoft is yet to reveal plans of launching a smaller Surface tablet, take this with a pinch of salt.
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