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 joekiser on Mon 26th Aug 2013 20:22 UTC
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Hopefully, Nokia won't overlook the keyboard, which for me is the biggest letdown of the Surface and Surface Pro. The keyboard is supposed to be the selling point of Windows tablets (actually, running Office is the selling point of WinRT, but you kinda need a decent keyboard for that), and there isn't a single Windows tablet keyboard that's worth typing on. The closest thing to usable is the Lenovo tablet's keyboard, and then they went and messed up the Trackpoint.

At this price point, you have to have something compelling that sets you apart from the already established iPad. Office is that product, but only if you can actually do data entry.

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