Nokia "Sirius" 10-inch Windows RT Tablet Confirmed, Specs Unveiled

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News Posted: Tue, Aug 27 2013 2:40 PM
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.
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RiCoFrost replied on Tue, Aug 27 2013 6:59 PM

I have RT and I really do like it, I find it better then ipad/android tablets. However with the atom tablets why would you keep going with RT. I have to confirm if atom battery life is the same if that is the underlining fact then I could understand why you would go RT.

I think from a tablet prospective RT is great its just that windows users want the full functioning windows on the tablet... then you will have no problems about apps...

It needs to be at a lower selling point and I think 300 is the right spot for it.

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Aug 27 2013 9:08 PM

Agreed, if the projected pricing is true, it's too high. $300 is about the top end of the RT price spectrum I think.

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