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Nokia tablet challenge nears with new Sirius photos

Nokia’s rumoured Windows RT slate is a step closer to becoming a reality with the latest pictures of the upcoming device leaked.

WinSuperSite published its “Fall 2013 Windows Tablet Preview” with the tablet codenamed “Sirius” a part of a long list that includes the Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro tablets.

The Nokia tablet will have a 10.1in screen with a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 IPS display and run on a Qualcomm 8974 quad-core ARM-based processor. Other statistics given by the site is the weight of 1.3lbs, thickness of .35in, and battery life of up to 10 hours.

Other extras include LTE connectivity, a 6.7-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, a “multi-function cover with keyboard and additional battery life” and the slate has “outdoor readability” much like the Lumia smartphone range. The tablet will come in at $499 [£315].

The picture matches up with previous images of the device that showed the rear of a red or pink coloured tablet with the specifications remarkably similar to those released by WinSuperSite. As far as a release or unveiling are concerned, the Nokia event in New York on 26 September could well be when the industry first gets to clap its eyes on the new tablet.

The same article reveals the first details on Microsoft’s Surface 2 tablet. The Surface RT successor will ship with a 10.6in ClearType Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 screen and runs Windows RT 8.1 on a next generation Tegra processor. It comes in a new white colour-way, will have front and rear cameras, weighs 1.5lbs, is .37in thick, and will have an eight hour battery life. It will also come with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, a full-sized USB 3.0 port, microSD card slot, and an HD video-out.

Microsoft are expected to also release the Surface Pro 2 that will have a faster Intel Core i5 fourth generation processor, will run on Windows 8.1 Pro with full desktop functionality, and have a choice of RAM and internal storage options. There should also be an improved camera and the remainder of the specifications are similar to the Surface 2.

Microsoft’s current range of Surface tablets have been heavily discounted in price with the cheaper Surface RT suffering poor sales that led to an “inventory adjustment” charge of $900 million [£576 million].

Image Credit: Win Super Site