Nokia Plans to Announce 10-inch Dual-Core Windows 8 Tablet in Q4 [Report]

Nokia, the Finnish mobile manufacturer has once again seemed busy to expand its agreement with the Redmond-based software giant Microsoft to announce a new 10-inch Windows 8 tablet in the fourth quarter this year, according to DigiTimes.

The Finnish company has already doing great with its new range of Windows Phone handsets. The company is reportedly going to become another of Microsoft’s Windows on ARM partners, offering a dual-core Qualcomm-powered 10-inch Windows 8 tablet just before the year ends.

This has also been reported by a technology-focused industry publication that the Finnish company will heavily depend on its manufacturing contracts in Asia, outsourcing production to Compal Electronics. According to report, the company will initially ship around 200,000 units of its new tablet.

Last week, during its annual filing to the SEC in United States, Nokia described how the tablets had helped its competitors expand their brands and increase competition. Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, also stated that the company is “studying the markets closely” after one of its regional offices leaked news that tablet may likely be launched as early June 2012.

The Redmond-based software giant has recently announced Windows 8 Consumer Preview at Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona. The on-stage demos included prototype devices from Fujitsu and Samsung, but a partnership with Nokia wasn’t disclosed at that time.

Partnering with Nokia will definitely help the Redmond-based software giant to regain the tablet market shares from the Cupertino-based technology giant Apple and will also provide a healthy competition to Google’s open-source Android platform.

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