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.
Numerous models of Nokia phones are pictured at the lobby of the Nokia headquarters in Espoo.
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.