NEWS ANALYSIS: Nokia is reportedly considering launching a Windows 8-based tablet by the end of the year. But what must that device offer in order for it to be successful?
Nokia has so far only delivered a few Windows Phone
7-based devices since it inked a partnership with Microsoft. However, the Finnish
company is now considering launching a tablet later this year that would be running Windows 8
, according to a new report. Nokia has, of
course, failed to confirm that report and Microsoft has stayed tight-lipped on
the possibility, as well, but considering how close the two companies are, it
wouldnt be a stretch to see a Nokia tablet launching later this year or in
If and when that happens, the tech world will have a
lot of opinions on what users want to see in Nokias device. Although most
tablets are about the same, featuring the standard, big display and touch-screen,
its worth noting that Windows 8 devices could change all that. According to
Microsoft, Windows 8 tablets will be far more capable than their iOS- or
Android-based alternatives. And as such, one might expect more from the devices
However, its never too early to start compiling a
wish list for the new Windows 8-based Nokia tablet
1. A big display
Although Amazon and Barnes & Noble believe that
small displays are just fine in todays marketplace, the reality is, theyre
not. In order for a device running a full desktop operating system to be
successful, itll need at least a 10.1-inch screen. Smaller displays will make
it too difficult to use the software.
2. A commitment to design
If Apple has taught us anything, its that product
design matters. So for Nokias device to be successful, itll have to launch
with a unique design concept that actually impresses us. That doesnt mean the
device has to come with a better design than Apples iPad, but it does mean it
must deliver something unique that makes people stop and look.
3. Quad-core all around
Apple made the odd decision to bundle its new iPad
with the A5X processor. With that chip, the new iPad delivers dual-core
processing, but quad-core graphics. To stand out from the crowd, it would be
nice to see Nokias Windows 8-based tablet come with both quad-core processing
and quad-core graphics.
4. 4G LTE
Apple made the smart decision with its new iPad to
support 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology. Going forward, 4G LTE is going
to be the wireless service just about every customer wants. To not have it
available in a Nokia tablet would be a huge mistake on the companys part. WiFi
and 3G are great, but 4G LTE is the future. Nokia must remember that.