SAN FRANCISCO, March 12 (UPI) --
Finland's Nokia is developing a tablet computer that will run Windows 8, a strategy Dell also is pursuing, DigiTimes reported.
The tablet will run on a dual-core processor and have a 10-inch display, supplier sources told DigiTimes, saying Nokia appears to be aiming to ship the tablet in the fourth quarter of 2012 at the earliest.
Talk of a Windows tablet began percolating as far back as April when Nokia Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop said the Finnish company was assessing its tablet strategy, PC Magazine reported.
"We have to take a uniquely Nokia prospective and so the teams are working very hard on something that would be differentiating relative to everything else that's going on in the market," Elop said in an interview on Finnish television, suggesting a Windows-powered tablet could compete with Apple's iPad and Android tablets from various companies.
Nokia and Microsoft announced a partnership last year that will see Nokia phasing out its own operating systems and focusing on Windows Phone for its cellphone offerings, a move that would suggest a logical expansion from phones to a Windows tablet, PC Magazine said.
Last week Dell CEO Michael Dell
announced his company's plans to produce a Windows 8 tablet aimed at the business market.