Nokia Windows 8 ARM tablet may launch this year

Just over a year ago, Microsott and Nokia rocked the technology world when they announced their new partnership. Though the original agreement meant Nokia would become Microsoft’s go-to Windows Phone producer, rumors have swirled ever since that a Windows 8 tablet was on the cards, too.

According to a DigiTimes sources, the Nokia Windows 8 tablet could be arriving as soon as the 2012 holiday season. It’s expected to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a 10-inch touchscreen display. If Nokia really is working on such a device, let’s hope they’re planning on utilizing that ultra-responsive 1ms prototype capacitive unit Microsoft Research demonstrated recently.

The tablet will also reportedly be built by Compal, who will no doubt be happy to assemble a device that won’t require them to hand over royalty payments to Microsoft.

Skeptics may wonder whether Nokia would actually build a tablet. Their success has come from smaller devices, and forays into other areas — like the 10.1-inch Nokia Booklet laptop — haven’t gone over all that well. But that was then and this is now.

Nokia has already shown that they’re throwing their full weight behind Microsoft. In addition to the eye-catching Lumia phones already on the market, Nokia is preparing to unleash an army of low-cost Windows Phone Tango devices. They’ve already gotten plenty of hands-on experience coding Metro apps, and their developers will be able to port code from Lumia phones to a Lumia tablet with ease.

With the two companies working so closely now, it could even be a “Nexus” device, if Microsoft decides to take a page out of Google’s book

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