Mobile phone maufacturer Nokia is likely to launch a Windows 8 tablet before Christmas, sources have claimed.
The 10” device would be among the first to use Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system,The Telegraph reports.
Tablet manufacturers have been struggling to find a product to compete with Apple''s updated version of iPad.
Analysts are, however, enthusiastic about the prospects for Windows 8 tablets.
The paper quoted Forrester’s Sarah Rotman Epps as saying that the new platform could allow manufacturers to differentiate their products in a crowded market dominated by devices using Google’s Android platform.
Windows 8 had earlier received a boost when Mozilla announced that it would make a version of its Firefox web browser for the new platform, it added.
Quoting Digitimes, the report said that Nokia will outsource the manufacturing of its Windows 8 tablet to Taiwan-based Compal Electronics.
It claimed that initial orders would be at least 200,000 units.
Nokia officials declined to comment on the issue.