Nokia Lumia Tablet To Be A No-Show At MWC

By Binu Paul email: b.paul@mobilenapps.com | Feb 16, 2013 07:16 AM EST

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After a surprise leak of a new Nokia tablet at an event the company held in Pakistan, speculations about its possible appearance at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) have been high. However, it seems there will be no Nokia Lumia tablet for this year's MWC.

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According to analysts at Strategy Analytics, Nokia will not unveil a tablet with a Microsoft operating system at this year's MWC. The analysts said the Nokia strategy for the mega tech event would be 'smartphones first.' "Nokia will want to expand its Lumia smartphone range and solidify its growing leadership of the global WP8 market," Strategy Analytics said.

The rumors surrounding the arrival of Nokia's first-ever tablet has been long heard that way back in Nov. 2011, the head of Nokia France had indicated that a Windows 8 powered Nokia tablet would be released in June 2012. The date was later further moved to Oct. 2012, but the tablet did not happen.

The Nokia World event also did not give any mention about the rumored tablet. However, later in Dec. 2012, the speculations again surfaced in the tech world that Nokia is holding back its tablet release as it is waiting for the market to prove. A possible tablet release at the 2013 MWC was since then heard every now and then.

Fresh rumors arose after a 7-inch Nokia Lumia tablet was accidently shown off during a Pakistan Nokia event. In the latest slip up, the on stage screen briefly showed a tablet device alongside a Nokia 620 and a monitor, all of which running their respective versions of Windows. As we had then reported, the tablet appears to have a plastic casing, possibly the same polycarbonate casing Nokia uses on its Lumia smartphones. There is no way to ascertain if the device in question is running a Windows RT or Windows 8 tablet from the image.

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