Nokia Windows 8 Tablet: 10 Features the Device Needs

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-03-13 Print this article Print

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 wouldn€™t be a stretch to see a Nokia tablet launching later this year or in early 2013.

If and when that happens, the tech world will have a lot of opinions on what users want to see in Nokia€™s device. Although most tablets are about the same, featuring the standard, big display and touch-screen, it€™s 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 themselves.

However, it€™s 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 today€™s marketplace, the reality is, they€™re not. In order for a device running a full desktop operating system to be successful, it€™ll 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, it€™s that product design matters. So for Nokia€™s device to be successful, it€™ll have to launch with a unique design concept that actually impresses us. That doesn€™t mean the device has to come with a better design than Apple€™s 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 Nokia€™s 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 company€™s part. WiFi and 3G are great, but 4G LTE is the future. Nokia must remember that.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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