Nokia will reportedly launch a 10.1-inch Windows RT device “soon,” according to sources speaking with The Verge, with a design that closely resembles the Finnish company’s famous Lumia line. Sources say the device is being aligned to compete directly with Apple’s iPad, and will allegedly be priced similarly—the device, known as Sirius, will be thinner and lighter than Apple’s current 9.7-inch slate.
Tablets running Microsoft’s Windows RT software haven’t exactly set the market on fire—and that’s no more apparent than with the $900 million hit Microsoft took in adjusted inventory. Still, Nokia believes it has enough of a market presence that it can potentially change that tide around. Nokia allegedly has an event planned for Sept. 26.
In addition to a body similar to current Lumia devices, the tablet will supposedly feature a full HD display, 6-megapixel rear camera (2-megapixel front), quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip and 2GB of RAM. Sources also claim the device will feature 10 hours of battery with LTE, microSD slot (to expand the 32GB of onboard storage) and micro HDMI connection.
On specs alone, the device definitely bests Apple’s current iPad, but Apple is allegedly prepping a redesign for its bigger tab, so Nokia will definitely have its work cut out. With a price that doesn’t undercut Apple’s device outright, it’s going to be a hard sell, particularly when consumers don’t seem to be all that interested in Windows RT in the first place.