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 early 2013.
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 themselves.
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.