Smartphone giant Nokia looks set to a release a brand new tablet device, after a patent filing was uncovered stateside revealing a slate that looks like, well, a giant N8.
Filed in May last year with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPT), the patent somehow managed to slip under the radar of hawk-eyed tech types, until now.
The filing describes the “ornamental design for a tablet computer” and includes a number of design drawings that show a device that boasts uncanny resemblances to the N8 handset, except with a larger screen, although its exact size could be anybody’s guess.
The rumour mill is already overheating with mounting speculations that the tablet will run on Nokia’s proprietary MeeGo platform, pack a 1.2GHz processor and arrive to market in Q3 at the earliest.
A MeeGo tablet makes sense, given that Symbian is almost dead and buried and Nokia’s recent marriage with Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 may take much longer to bear fruit even for smartphones.
However, Espoo will have its work cut out to complete with the likes of iPad 2, HP TouchPad and BlackBerry PlayBook, not to mention a slew of Android Honeycomb tablets set to launch throughout the year.
Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office via DeviceMag