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?

source: TheVerge



1. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

They should release a 8 inch RT tablet at $349 and 10 inch Bay trail Windows 8 tablet for $499. That will give them a good chance of succeeding against both iPAD mini and regular iPAD.

7. kalandershihab

Posts: 57; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Nokia makes a Windows RT tablet and thus, windows RT becomes "acceptable" ehem ehem windows phone 7

22. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Everything looks cool (design,specs) except price and RT. I know a tablet with snapdragon 800 will cost alot but I think they should take Google's approach on nexus 7. RT is kinda flop , there is no key factor for customers to switch from ios & android tabs. i would like to see a Lumia tablet with full blown windows 8.

23. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

And their awesome camera tech cant shines on tablets field. because people barely use tablet for taking pictures. may be app exclusive can help

59. cam-whore

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

haters just know the nokia's cam for amazingness, can't really blame you people, i could just imagine how jealousy of the nokia's cam technology can bring on that hatred. But before we all go down to that, this is nokia we're talking about, and everybody knows how innovative nokia be with it's products. Here are probably some of nokia's innovation that they can actually use on this phablet: - Synaptics tech for that glove-friendly touchscreen - Clear black display - Nokia Maps, unlike Android...it's free, and unlike ios...it just works - Nokia City Lens, which would be just beautiful on a phablet - nokia's utter indestructibility, not like cheap plastic construction of other - wireless charging - fm transmitter - and yes, i'd hate to mention it, but even if the put the n8 cam on this, it would still be better than the competitions' recent ones....

31. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

why does everyone assume Windows RT will forever be a Flop. I remember when Android tablets first came out to be frank with you they just plan STANK their touch screen response stank .they did not have many Apps they were not any good against the Ipad but Google hung in their and worked out the Androids faults and it got more APPS.I think the same thing will happen with the Windows Rt tablet OS if Microsoft Sticks buy the product like Google did with it's Android tablets and by the way you will get a MS office suite with a Windows Rt tablet you do not get that with any Android tablet so right out of the box you can use a Windows Rt tablet for office work.

47. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

RT may not forever be a flop, but one must question why they don't instead put their focus entirely on getting full Windows tablets down in price. RT is an iPad equivalent with perhaps slightly more functionality, but is entirely app/marketplace driven. I don't think RT can now or will ever be able to compete head to head with the iPad on an app-driven model alone. Full Windows provides that needed differentiation to create a compelling story for why you should go with a Microsoft based tablet. And, clearly, W8 Pro is better than RT in every imaginable way (given hardware capable of running W8 Pro). So, in my opinion, they should literally ditch RT and focus on getting Windows tablets down to the iPad price point.

60. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's why android quickly dropped honeycomb, and quickly went to Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) to merge tablet and phone. Making Android like iOS where the apps are interchangeable was a wise move for android. Btw You can get a ton of office products and now Microsoft office 365 for android all on the Google store. You can pick up a Bluetooth keyboard for $29 if you really want one for android. Price dictates a lot.

32. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I don't think any company can take the Google approach, not even Apple. Apple doesn't make enough money from the appstore to justify not making a profit. Amazon is probably the only other company that can take the Google approach.

39. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Apple absolutely would still make a profit if they sold it at a loss, they make plenty from their App Store. Selling it for so cheap would ruin their brand-image though. Look at the iPad Mini: they still sold it for $320 base price, when Google and Amazon would've sold a similar-specced device for $100 less. Apple needs to maintain its "high-quality" appearance for its own sake, whereas Google and Amazon don't seem too concerned with their perception.

58. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

LOL The ipad mini isn't expensive at all. they make a crap load of profit with the low rez screen and same CPU as the ipad 2.

55. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Wrong. Nokia souldn't make RT at all. Though, RT is better than the phone iOS , it's still a toy OS. Windows 8 will kill RT. W8 soon gonna kill iOS too. W8 is here to kill the toys, or to put them in the kid-stores where they belong. Sorry iboys, but soon or later Apple will follow(steal like an artist) the W8 concept.

61. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

People are waking up and for the majority of people they realize they don't need a full blown OS to get work done, bank, play games, surf the web, watch movies, TV, Netflix, YouTube, play music, social media, .... All this can be done on android and iOS. I would even say they do it better than Windows, never mind RT.

2. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Good luck nokia...you are trying to compete against well established product without any price advantage for customers.Windows RT is not enough for anyone to switch from android or iOS...you need to understand market dynamics...people don't want your products to fail like Surface RT.

14. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

I agree. The only way I see an RT tablet succeeding is with a very low price tag. That's why RT exists in the first place, because it runs on cheaper ARM CPUs. I fear Sirius will be another Surface RT.

18. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

for how much can you get a S800 tablet ? for instance the Sony Xperia Tablet Z LTE is $600 and has a S4 Pro , not the s800

43. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

How many people you see around with xperia z tablet? Just compare its sales number to Nexus 7 (ignore screen size here)

49. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

on of the reasons the nexus 7 sell that much is because of the screen size.

3. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

WHY RT?? Why why why..

46. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

hold on hold on buddy....Win8 is coming....wait and watch.

4. red_fox unregistered

RT? really? should have gone with with Windows 8 instead.

5. Blazers

Posts: 767; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Windows 8 would have been worth it, but not RT.

6. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

So that's where the unsold Surface tablets have gone... ;) This is a very risky move from Nokia... big names like Asus and Acer were not able to sell their Windows RT tablets and said more than once that they won't probably make any new WinRT tablet because they don't sell. Microsoft... well, we all know that Surface RT tablets are still lying on the shelves. Many analysts have sentenced Windows RT already dead, so not only Nokia arrives late to the market, but with an OS that the market has already rejected. Please note that they are not the same situation as when they chose WP over Android, because at that time they could at least hope that WP would become successful. It didn't happen (at least, yet...), but still they sold enough Lumias to survive. This time they are choosing an OS which has already been rejected by the market: why? How is this possible? The person who chose this strategy (probably Elop, since this is probably the last desperate attempt by Microsoft to sell Windows RT stuff) is putting Nokia in great danger.

12. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Acer , they didn't even made one. As for Asus and Samsung they can go to hell , $600 for a tegra 3 tablet with HD screen ? not even Steve Jobs could have sold that one...

15. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Its a decision that seems to put Microsoft's interests first, Nokia second. It was the same with the switch from WP7 to WP8, when all those users were left stranded. Even though they survived and it all worked out, that situation put Nokia in danger way more than Microsoft. Mr Elop, who do you REALLY work for?

8. raj1402

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

7" and 8" with win RT and 10.1 inch with Win 8 would have been better choice!!!

9. FadyNabil

Posts: 39; Member since: May 10, 2013

Windows RT is a wonderfull product, just give it time to succeed, Asus and Acer are not even trying, they waited for the product to fail then say oh Windows RT no body wants it! this is not a good strategy. Windows RT is a far better and more advanced from IOS and Android. just wait one year, any new product needs time.

13. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

But pricing it like the ipad is a very bad move. You need to give people incentive to jump ship from established products because they are already heavily invested in it. Unless this comes with a $100 gift certificate in the app store I don't see many buying this as can be seen with all the other RT tablets not being sold at the moment.

10. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Great now this will be Nokia's version of the Surface RT...hopefull for Nokia will push elop out...

11. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Dear Nokia - AT WHAT POINT will you wake up and decide to STOP being Microsoft's b*#ch. First, with windows phone, Microsoft decided to make windows phone 8 and leave all windows phone 7 users with no upgrade pathway towards WP8. Those were YOUR Lumia 800 and 900 customers. YOU JUST LAY DOWN AN TOOK IT. They played their little experiment with YOUR CUSTOMERS. I'm sure it was your reputation which took the bigger knock among disgruntled users. But now here you are, making a tablet for an OS which is a failure - where Microsoft themselves failed miserably and had to write off nearly a billion dollars! AT WHAT POINT NOKIA???

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