10.1-inch Nokia Sirius Windows RT tablet to be unveiled Sept 26: priced like an iPad
Rumors about a Nokia Windows RT tablet have been flying around for months on end, and now sources in the know have confirmed to TheVerge that the device is indeed real and will launch soon. The tablet is now referred to as Nokia Sirius and it’s a 10.1-inch slate running on Windows RT, the version of Windows made to work with ARM chips but lacking support for most legacy Windows apps.
Images of a prototype of the elusive tablet have leaked a couple of weeks ago and showed a red Verizon-bound tablet looking like an oversized Lumia handset - the same pillow-shape design, the same vivid colors for its polycarbonate body.
Now, the Nokia Sirius is said to be thinner than the Apple iPad, and lighter as well, weighing just over a pound. Nearly all technical details about the Sirius have leaked as well, here’s a breakdown:
- 10.1-inch 1080 x 1920 pixel display with brightness boost for better outdoor visibility
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip
- 2GB of RAM
- 10-hour battery life
- 4G LTE connectivity
- 6-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front shooter
- 32GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD cards
- microHDMI, microUSB ports
Much like Microsoft did with the Surface RT, Nokia is planning to offer an optional keyboard and that accessory will also have a built-in battery, further boosting the Sirius longevity. Other accessories are also planned at launch.
Nokia is planning an official event in New York on September 26th to announce the tablet and confidently has decided to price the Sirius tablet like an iPad (starting from $499 for the most basic version). What do you think, does the Nokia Sirius stand a chance against the iPad and other higher-res 10-inch tablets and is that the right price?