Nokia is all set to introduce a 7-inch or a 9-inch Internet Tablet device in the fourth quarter of this year, reports DigiTimes, which has a history of spotty reporting but often comes up with pretty accurate reports.
Talking with upstream component makers, the analyst pointed out that Nokia has already completed about 100 engineering samples ready for testing. The tablet PC’s panel size will be either 7- or 9-inch and manufactured by Foxconn International Holdings (FIH), the Hong Kong-listed handset subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), the analyst noted.
While it was earlier thought that Nokia might use Microsoft’s Windows for its Internet Tablets, the analyst claims that it will be running on MeeGo, the joint effort of Nokia and Intel.
We have tried MeeGo on a netbook and found it to be a pretty neat and slick interface. However, the challenge for Nokia will be to build an ecosystem of apps for the device, which will be an even bigger challenge than smartphones, where Nokia has not done spectacularly well.