Nokia working on an 8-inch tablet due in early 2014

Nokia working on an 8-inch tablet due in early 2014
We've already seen some of the major features of the Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update being put into action. The new Surface tablets and upcoming Nokia devices are all set to take advantage of new support for quad-core processors and 1080p displays. But, despite rumors of a Microsoft Surface Mini in the works, we've yet to see a big name device taking advantage of support for smaller tablet sizes.

You can count the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet if you'd like, but most would consider that a large phone and not so much a small tablet. But, a new report says that Nokia does have plans to launch an 8-inch tablet early next year; and, the rumored tablet even has a codename: the Illusionist. Evleaks has confirmed the name, and The Verge is confirming that the device will ship with Windows RT 8.1 and a Qualcomm processor, although it's unclear what processor it will be exactly. 

The word has it that Nokia is working towards releasing the device, but it is unclear if it will actually see the market because of its potential to cannibalize sales of the Surface Mini, which is planned for release in the same window. Assuming the acquisition of Nokia does go through, it's hard to say if Microsoft would release both tablets. 

source: @evleaks via The Verge

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17 Comments

1. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

I wish Nokia hadn't been acquired by Microsoft. If not, we'd be seeing a real competitor to the iPad Mini 2 (in terms of hardware), powered by Kit Kat. The strange thing is though, Nokia seems to be targeting the Surface tablets as its main competitors, even when they're already part of Microsoft.

2. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

They have not been acquired by Microsoft yet, they still need approval from Nokia shareholders this month. Watch this space.

3. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

I hope they don't get acquired. I'd love to see a Nokia Android phone sometime.

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Here is Nokia Android. Look at my profile picture.

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

We heard that rumor about Nokia testing android, so if shareholders not approve the deal we could see Nokia with Android. And that's my words.

7. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Highly doubt that's gonna happen. Microsoft (Elop) wouldn't allow it.

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Get over it. Pathetic.

16. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

dude your pathetic....worshipping one OS like its king....its laughable!

4. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

So, you think when Microsoft is the official owner of the device division that they will just stop everything they are making the make completely different devices ???

8. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

No, but I wouldn't expect Nokia to target its partner. I thought they would have advertised their product against Android, or iPhones.

11. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I knew I'd see you here jumping on one of the key words I listed.. SMH

17. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

You replied to his comment.....

13. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

I hope Nokia does not leave its customers alone. If you really want to be king again, i think it is not too difficult for you at all. Just making both WP and Android...

15. shreyas.s666

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

why do every one has to go with android? don't you have enough tablet/phone selections from many oem's? its a big loss for nokia if they make android device. they have maps and music subidaries and they can't use it on android device. so don't ask nokia android device. and WP is pretty neat OS. if you don't like it u don't have to use.

9. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

RT8.1..... how much will they price it? 300? there's already a respectable windows 8 with same price running bay trail processor that can run full windows app! nokia should just use that instead...then again... its micronokia now!

12. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Ughhh, the annoying + Android whiners.

14. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Guys, Did you read about Nokita's bid to rival Microsoft's bid to buy out Nokia? They have just two weeks to do so though and gather the funds.

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