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Nokia Patents Show Two Tablet Devices

Nokia may have just announced an ambition to make Windows Phone 7 its primary smartphone OS but prior to that, the company had all kinds of plans involving Symbian and MeeGo, the Linux-based OS it developed in conjunction with Intel. Here’s a device that the company filed a patent for last year. 


Filed by Nokia in May of 2010 and just recently published by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office, the patent sketches portray an N8-like tablet but reveal little about the specs or even the OS of the device. We can see a smattering of ports along one side of the device, but other than that, there’s not much else to see. Since this patent was discovered by Boy Genius Report, Electronista managed to unearth a second filing for another, similar device. Also filed in May of 2010, the design of the second tablet is a little different to the first, but again, the filing offers nothing else in the way of information about specifications or operating systems.

It’s very likely these are tablets that have been shelved since Nokia’s decision to move away from MeeGo and towards Windows Phone 7, but you never know.

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  • beta tester
    The sad part is that Nokia has thrown its tablet market away, purely to join with Microsoft, which has thrown its tablet market away.

    Nokia should have stayed with MeeGo, which would have done much better than the current Windows Phone 7 train wreck.
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  • mosu
    I never knew you have to patent a device everybody uses.Go ask Nokla and others.
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  • back_by_demand
    beta testerNokia should have stayed with MeeGo, which would have done much better than the current Windows Phone 7 train wreck.How exactly do you figure that, seeing as it was writhing around near the bottom of the adopted mobile OS market and dropping further with every Android device sold?
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  • everlast66
    beta testerThe sad part is that Nokia has thrown its tablet market away, purely to join with Microsoft, which has thrown its tablet market away.Nokia should have stayed with MeeGo, which would have done much better than the current Windows Phone 7 train wreck.
    I wouldn't be surprised if Nokia & Microsoft's evil plan is to also release a tablet version using WP7. In fact it would be a pretty bad strategic failure for MS if they haven't started alteady to work on a tablet version. With tablets increasing their market share and using mainly iOS, Android and soon WebOS, netboks moving to Chrome OS and plans for Android and WebOS devices at windows's expense and the desktop market and notebook markets already feeling the pressure from more portable devices and the traditional desktop Windows OS practically fully matured and less potential for M$ to sell in mass upgrades (a lot of businesses are still sticking to WinXP or 2000) simply because new versions don't offer any true new features.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    ok. they are bringing two tablets.
    but why the effing patent????
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