Rumors of a Nokia Windows RT tablet has been around for a while, with some dating back to the end of 2012. With the acquisition of Nokia’s Devices Division from Microsoft, now seems the perfect time to re-energize Windows RT.
The tablet, codenamed Nokia Sirius, is set to arrive on September 26 alongside the new Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone phablet. Both will be unveiled at a Nokia event in NYC, similar to the one held for the Nokia Lumia 1020 reveal a few months back.
With a new leaked image render showing the Nokia Sirius, we must say the design is adventurous, with a sleek-red color and sharp edged design similar to the Windows Surface, it looks like a pretty decent competitor.
Inside the Nokia Sirius is Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, multiple storage options, ten hours of solid battery life, 6MP rear camera and a 1920 x 1080 resolution screen.
The odd thing about this rumor is the price, according to leakers, the Nokia Sirius will start at $499. This is more expensive than some of the cheapest Windows 8 hybrid computers and the same price as the iPad, not to mention a lot more expensive than some Android tablets.
Even with Nokia’s amazing hardware on the Windows RT tablet, the main problem is the software running on Nokia Sirius. Windows RT still does not have a lot of developer support and many find the OS odd, simply because it offers two experiences.
Competing against the iPad on price is hard, especially when the software is half-baked with nowhere near the amount of apps Apple has acquired with the iPad. Windows Surface got slammed for its price and it was $100 cheaper than the Nokia Sirius.
We are looking forward to the six-inch Windows Phone from Nokia at the event, but this tablet seems a bust if it is anything over $399 and certainly not worth $499, when a user could grab an iPad or cheap Windows 8 hybrid.