Forget Windows RT; a Nokia Windows Phone 8 tablet for Rs 20,000 would be killer
| by Nikhil Subramaniam |
Mobile World Congress 2013 is going to be one humdinger of a show. The big Android OEMs are all going to be in Barcelona, but the Nokia press conference on February 25 is the one to watch out for.
A mock-up of a tablet running Windows Phone 8
But 7 inches is a great size for a tablet. The Nexus 7 has a screen that size and the iPad mini is only slightly larger. A 7-inch Nokia tablet would be a hot seller in the market. The pricing however, has to be bang on. India’s price conscious market loves their gadgets on the lower end of the price spectrum. An expensive Windows RT tablet is just one more brick in the wall. An inexpensive Nokia Windows Phone 8 tablet, on the other hand, will stand out in the crowd. The magic number, according to us, is Rs 20,000, though a few thousand rupees more than that won’t hurt Nokia either. In a world of ultra-expensive iPads and Asus Transformers and low-cost Reliance and Micromax slates, Nokia may find a niche.
The company can also use a polycarbonate chassis instead of aluminium as it is reportedly going to do with the next-gen Lumias. The display can be of a relatively lower-resolution than the full HD screens that are all the rage nowadays. Microsoft’s guidelines allow 7 inchers to use anything between WVGA and 720p as resolution. Releasing the tablet as Wi-Fi only can also be considered. Windows Phone 8 has a minimum requirement of Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor. This is a last-generation dual-core processor and can be had for last year’s price.
Secondly, Win RT does not have essential app support, not that WP8 does, but in comparison it's a little better. There are quite a few apps, which were found on the Windows Phone 8 store but were nowhere to be seen on the Windows RT counterpart. The store for the smartphone OS has more than 1,50,000 apps including quite a few of the popular ones. In comparison, the Windows 8 Store for RT is depleted. Some apps could have been better designed and the UI of the store itself isn't the easiest to use.
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