Several of Microsoft's
hardware partners have pulled out
of the Windows RT race
, but one company that's determined to see this thing to the end is Nokia
. The Finnish phone and tablet maker, and Microsoft's best buddy as of late, is reportedly going to launch a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet called Sirius.
Paul Thurrott over at WinSupersite
rather emphatically states that the rumors are true, that he's been able to confirm not only the existence of Sirius, but several hardware specs as well.
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According to Thurrott, Sirius will come ARMed with a quad-core Qualcomm 8974 architecture, 1920x1080 IPS display with "outdoor readability," 6.7-megapixel rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and up to 10 hours of battery life. There will be a version with LTE and at least one color option (red, as shown above). The last bit he claims to confirm is that it will weigh 1.3 pounds and be 0.35 inches thick.
There will be other specs, of course, some of which have been rumored on various websites, though none that Thurrott have been able to corroborate with the documentation he's seen. These include the existence of a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, micro HDMI connector, microSD card slot, and micro USB port.
None of this really matters because Nokia, apparently with its head in the sand, plans to price Sirius at $499. You don't need a crystal ball to figure out that this thing's dead in the water
at that price before it even sets sail.