Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Windows RT is not dead: Surface 2, Nokia 'Sirius' ARM tablets incoming

Despite appearances to the contrary, Windows RT is far from dead. Far make be incorrect wording, but at least two Windows RT tablets are in the queue to be released in the near future, according to a Monday report on ZDnet.

First, it appears that Microsoft is readying a successor to its Surface RT. It's going to lose its RT moniker, though, and be named simply as the Surface 2. It will run Windows RT 8.1 RT.

Reportedly, Surface 2 devices are showing up in the latest AdDuplex stats. Also appearing are their Intel-based siblings, Surface 2 Pros.

Microsoft's close partner Nokia is also about to unveil a Windows RT tablet. Codenamed "Sirius," the device has been rumored for some time, and is expected to launch in New York at the end of September (Sept. 26 is the most often rumored date).

Rumors say that these Nokia tablets will sport a 10.1-inch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 32 GB of built-in storage, 2 GB of RAM; a microUSB port, LTE support and a detachable (battery-carryin) keyboard.

There will be a six-megapixel rear camera and a two-megapixel front-facing camera. Expect the screen to carry 1920 x 1080 resolution.

In terms of battery life, even with LTE in the mix, Nokia is "aiming for" 10 hours of battery life.

In July, Microsoft said users could expect the company to update the company's Surface RT and Surface Pro lines, along with new peripherals for those lines, sometime during the company's fiscal 2014. That, however, does not end until June 30, 2014.

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