Nokia 'Sirion' shows up in Windows autumn tablet preview

Nokia 'Sirion' shows up in Windows autumn tablet preview Nokia's New York event later this month could see either the Lumia 1520 phablet or the “Sirius” Windows RT launched, or both (or neither, though hopefully that's one scenario that doesn't happen).

We've been hearing a lot about the Lumia 1520 lately, but the Sirius has made a timely return to our conscious thoughts too thanks to Paul Thurrott and his WinSuperSite.

He's just published an extensive and interesting “Fall 2013 Windows Tablet Preview” summarising all the Windows tablet action we can expect this side of the festive season, and lo and behold, Nokia's name is present together with this interesting looking image.

The image isn't detailed enough to get a real sense of what the Sirius will look like in finished form, but its wraparound chassis edges and bright red colour scheme are decidedly Lumia-esque, something we've known to expect for a while now.

So what does Thurrott have to say about Nokia's tablet? He lists a fair few specs, though many we've seen before: a quad-core Qualcomm 8974 processor, 10in full HD IPS display, 10 hour battery life, 590g weight, 9mm thickness and $499 asking price.

He adds that the camera will be a 6.7MP affair with Zeiss optics, the display will be optimised for outdoor use, while it'll all come with an “innovative multi-function cover” (as rumoured recently).

The verdict, such as can be given for a device that's never been seen in the flesh, is that “any Nokia tablet is interesting, but it's expensive and runs Windows RT”.

That sums things up pretty well, I'd say. If that $499 price tag really is accurate (it'll probably equate to around £400 locally), Nokia's going to have a major job on its hands getting any kind of sales momentum going.

But then, it's never given any indication that it sees its debut tablet as a do-or-die attempt to break into the tablet market. Probably just as well.

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 14, 2013 at 10:05

I'm looking at that photo, and I'm shivering. THink: you see that, and then the Win 8 crayola tiles suddenly replace that gorgeous screensaver (?) :D


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