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Nokia's partnership with Microsoft will see the Finnish company expand into Window 8 tablets later this year, according to a DigiTimes report citing "upstream component suppliers," with a 10-inch device powered by a dual-core Qualcomm processor scheduled for release during the fourth quarter.

The move will see Nokia joining Microsoft's Windows on ARM camp, which hopes to provide more leverage for the operating system in its battle against Android and iOS. Nokia will outsource production of the device to Compal Electronics, sources claim, with its initial batch of shipments to top 200,000 units.

Nokia has already acknowledged — several times — that it is interested in entering the tablet market, so this news isn't too surprising. During Mobile World Congress earlier this month, Niklas Savander, an executive vice-president at Nokia, told Pocket-lint: "The tablet is an interesting market for someone like Nokia because it is not cannibalising handset sales, it is cannibalising PC sales."

Savander noted, however, that Nokia would have to do something different to distance its device from the countless other tablets available today. "If we are going to be in that market we need to have a different point of view, because being the 101st maker isn't really a commercial or consumer proposition," he said.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop also hinted at an upcoming Nokia tablet back in November, when he told Bloomberg, "There's a new tablet opportunity coming. We see the opportunity. Unquestionably, that will change the dynamics [of the tablet market]."

With its initial family of Windows Phone handsets proving to be hugely popular, Nokia will be hoping its debut Windows tablet enjoys the same success.

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[via Pocket-lint]