Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Aug 2013 14:52 UTC

Nokia is preparing to back Windows RT by launching a 10.1-inch tablet soon. Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to The Verge that the tablet, codenamed Sirius, will be launched shortly. While prototype pictures of the device leaked earlier this month, we understand that the final design more closely resembles Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone products.

Nice specifications, but Windows RT. Nobody wants Windows RT, and for good reason. I say this from experience: Windows RT is horrible. It offers nothing over iOS (let alone Android), Metro applications are side projects riddled with bugs, performance issues, and bad design, and the platform barely plays third fiddle compared to iOS and Android, so developers have little interest in it. On top of that, virtually everyone has abandoned Windows RT.

But, I'm pretty sure some people will tell us this tablet will turn Nokia around.

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by reduz on Mon 26th Aug 2013 15:42 UTC
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Why invest so much in a product that has proven to be an absolute failure? How can Nokia even benefit from this?

I could understand a Windows Phone Tablet to a certain degree because Lumia sales have proven to be at least warm, but windows Windows RT is already dead and there is no point about digging it out from the grave.

It's like Nokia has become a whore that will do anything to please Microsoft for money while getting a deadly STD in exchange.

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RE: Why?
by Nelson on Mon 26th Aug 2013 15:56 in reply to "Why?"
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Windows Phone sales weren't spectacular before Lumia. If they can grow the ecosystem then a tablet can help hedge their mobile bet to a degree.

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by crocodile on Mon 26th Aug 2013 16:01 in reply to "RE: Why?"
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Balmer got retired because of the spectacular sales of Windows Phone!

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by reduz on Mon 26th Aug 2013 16:53 in reply to "RE: Why?"
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It still doesn't make sense. I mean of course it makes sense for Microsoft to ask Nokia to try luck with this device, as they did moderately well with the Lumias.

But for Nokia, It makes much more sense to do something like a Windows Phone tablet than go with something so high risk at this point. It's their money, not Microsoft's money, unless we are to assume that Nokia is pretty much just living out as a services company for Microsoft.

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by jnemesh on Mon 26th Aug 2013 20:14 in reply to "RE: Why?"
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They aren't spectacular NOW! They have less than 4% global market, yes, they are selling millions, and no, that isn't even making a SMALL dent in the number of Android and iOS handsets being sold. It's not enough to motivate developers to make the NEEDED apps for the platform, and it's not enough to keep the entire ecosystem from dying. It is CERTAINLY not enough to save Nokia from bankruptcy!

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