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Nokia readies tablet challenge with Lumia style slate

Nokia is ready to launch itself into the competitive tablet market with further details about a Windows RT 10.1in tablet being revealed over the weekend.

Sources revealed to The Verge that the tablet is codenamed Sirius, will be “unveiled shortly” and is expected to closely resemble Nokia’s Lumia line of Windows Phone devices.

The tablet will come in slimmer than the iPad as well as being lighter at “just over a pound in weight” according to The Verge. Sirius will have a coloured body that is similar to the Lumia range of smartphones with a 6-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel one on the front.

In terms of the display, the 10.1in screen will run a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution that has been enhanced to make it easier to see when used outdoors. A quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.15GHz will power the tablet with 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage that can be expanded thanks to the presence of a microSD card slot.

The device will benefit from 10 hours battery life with LTE and Bluetooth connectivity alongside a micro HDMI connector and a micro USB port. It’s expected the device will ship with a keyboard accessory similar to the Windows Surface tablet PC that will have a built in battery to enable additional charging.

Speculation puts the price of the device as being comparative with the Apple iPad and it’s widely expected that a Nokia event in New York on 26 September will be when the device is unveiled.

It’s heavily rumoured that Nokia will use the same launch date to debut a 5.2in phablet with the hope that both the devices will open the company up to a new demographic of user.

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