Microsoft’s first foray into hardware manufacturing, the Surface tablet, brought about a novel idea of a tablet with a cover that also doubles as a keyboard. It was the first of its kind, and deservedly received praise for the ingenuity of Microsoft’s engineers. While there has been some questions over its durability, there is no doubt that many manufacturers will be inspired by the design.
Enter Nokia. The Finnish company has toyed with the idea of a tablet long before it was mainstream, and in March the company’s head of design, Marko Ahtisaari stated that he spends a third of his time at work is used for working on the company’s upcoming tablet. Some days back, rumours began circulating that the company will be announcing a tablet running Windows RT in next year’s Mobile World Congress – and now, there appears to be more leaks for the device that’s making us quite excited to see it.
According to The Verge, Nokia is focusing on refining a special cover for the tablet that “envelopes it like a book”. While incorporating a keyboard and kickstand just like the Surface tablet, Nokia is also adding a secondary battery that kicks into gear once the main tablet’s battery is low. In addition, the cover will also have two USB ports for added connectivity.
As for the tablet itself, the ARM-based Nokia Windows RT tablet will sport a 10.1-inch screen with HDMI and USB ports, as well as cellular connectivity from the get go. Also, the built-in battery for the tablet is slated for 10 hours of use, and will have a fast charge feature capable of charging the battery to 50% “in a short period of time”.
(Source: The Verge)
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