The other day I was saying how it would be a brave move for Nokia to jump into the Windows RT tablet space without something distinctive to set its offering apart from rivals like Microsoft's own Surface tablet.
And Nokia's answer, it seems, is a device with a battery-equipped cover that will boost its power capacity, as well as cellular connectivity along similar lines to what HTC apparently has in mind.
The Nokia tablet will be a 10.1in unit with a display similar to the Microsoft Surface, The Verge claims, and it's appeal will also lie largely with its cover. We're told the wrap-around case will envelope the device “like a book” and once it's clicked into place, will serve not only as a kickstand and keyboard, but also an added battery for once the tablet's own power cell runs low on juice.
That's on top of the reported 10-hour battery life the tablet itself will be capable of, with fast charging capabilities able to fire up 50% of that capability in a short period of time, we're told.
On top of the HDMI and USB ports on the slate itself, the cover will add a further pair of USB ports for added connectivity.
Nokia is reportedly only planning to build a small number of the ARM-based device initially, but may add a full-fat Windows 8 variant down the line.
The obvious suggestion is that we'll get a first glimpse of Nokia's long-awaited debut tablet at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona in February, but given the time of year, it's unlikely we'll hear any further news – either supporting or contradicting the rumours – for a few days still.