First look at Nokia’s Windows RT tablet, along with Microsoft Surface mini


The fabled Nokia Windows tablet has been rearing its head again lately, but so far nothing solid has come from it. One look we had ended up being an older model, but it was still a nice indication that Nokia is working on it. Today we have a new image of the Nokia tablet, courtesy of Paul Thurott, and some info on the Surface mini.

The Nokia tablet pictured above is the previously rumored “Sirius” tablet. It has a 10.1-inch 1080p display, quad-core Qualcomm processor, 10 hour battery life, and is just .35-inches thick. This tablet will also have LTE connectivity, a 6.7MP camera, and it will cost $500. The price alone may make this device a failure. Surface RT had a similar price tag at launch, and it hasn’t sold well.

Thurott also mentions the Surface mini, a 8-inch version of the Surface RT. It will feature a Qualcomm processor (no mention of cores), and will launch sometime after the refreshed Surface 2. We can expect to see more on the Surface mini in 2014. There’s not much to go on right now, but a smaller Surface tablet sounds like a winner. What Windows tablet would you be more likely to buy?


  • Yuan Taizong

    I really hope this won’t run Windows R.T. Windows 8 is easily superior, and using Intel’s chips it’s easily faster, saves more bettery and offers all for the same price, I don’t get why there’s a reason to even use Windows R.T. (other than for developers), but Windows 8 can do everything (and since Windows 8.1 (Blue) also device encription, which was the only advantage R.T. had) that Windows R.T. can do.

  • Ryan Lounsbury

    I’m OK with this tablet running RT (I have a Surface RT and rather like). That being said it needs to be priced closer to $300 if it does indeed run RT. Of course with Microsoft refreshing the Surface RT the only way the Nokia tablet is successful is if it really performs that much better than the Surface RT 2 (or whatever the hell they call it). Would have liked to have seen a Bay Trail or Haswell processor onboard.

    One thing is for sure, it doesn’t take much to capture consumer interest. Just a good design, decent array of color options, and smooth buttery performance. Surface RT had good design but not so much in the other two departments. Nokia might be just what Microsoft needs to get Windows RT to take off and find a niche in the market. To do that when going toe-to-toe with iPad it really needs to undercut iPad’s price.

  • Unfortunately an ARM processor (like Qualcomm) means it has to run Windows RT.

  • Carlos

    So, what you want is not a Tablet, but a ultrabook that looks like a tablet. No Intel i5, i7 or similar will be used like a tablet. It’s heavier, battery lasts much less and these two factors, in addition to touch screen and removable keyboard are the items that made a computer a Tablet. People can’t understand that a Tablet is not supposed to replace their desktop/notebook computers. People won’t run Photoshop, SQL Server, Torrent, Video Editor application and other work/design complex applications. Its not what Tablets were made for. Simple !

  • rams

    I would go get the new Nexus 7 instead of waiting for 2014 release of Surface mini.

  • surfaceisbetter

    I don’t understand why people complain about the arm processor on the RT but the ipad uses the same thing and that’s just fine? I myself is looking forward to the RT 2 and the surface mini id also get the nokia tablet if it was cheaper…

  • Sondrek17

    I think people regard the RT as a fake Windows operating system. You do not get legacy apps therefore it is a waste of money. Personally i think RT is perfect. It is just what students need. A light product that lasts and has office.

  • Consumer Decider

    To me price is the big issue here. This is too expensive for an RT system no matter how slick. I agree that it is competing in a tablet world (even with office and outlook onboard) and so it can not be priced above Apple and Android tablet offerings. If it is going to be more expensive that the competition it really has to be a game changer — like the impossible digitizer. I probably would buy the original RT today at $300 with a cover, $250 standalone. I am interested in the 10 inch $349 tablet with bay trail that is supposed to be coming out. These things always sound great when announced but are delayed, have serious flaws/compromises. So to summarize — low or equivalent cost, good features. I don’t need a million apps — maybe just a half dozen or so ‘standards’ that work well.

  • mike payton

    But if you’re not a student and have no use for Office, RT is basically a gimped version of Windows 8 for far too much money. Let’s be honest, most people NEVER use PowerPoint or Excel in their entire life and can easily use a memo pad application for a letter vs Word. At $499 or even $399, there’s nothing that the RT tablets can offer than can’t be found by an iOS or Android tablet. Besides, fewer applications and games. I guess you’re paying for THAT little bonus.

    RT can work, but at no more than $299 for a 10″ model or $199 or $229 for a 7-8″ version. It’s cheap enough for students, who are likely the only demographic who would support the device long term.

  • zoom44

    500 with 32gb of storage AND LTE on board is a fantastic price. the equivalent ipad is over $700

  • Christina Delia

    What does the iPad or Nexus do that RT doesn’t? So, you’re saying that although it offers the same functionality as all other tablets, it needs to be half the price of the competition? I’d say that the RT functionality is twice that of the iPad or the Nexus just in the fact that you can easily move files across all devices without engaging in some tech hack. In terms of applications, anyone with half a brain can see that most of the apps available on those other platforms are fluff. If you have no standards for app development, you can create a mass of apps to make yourself look good. It’s quality apps that really matter and having used all three devices, I’m not seeing much difference.