Nokia’s tablet plans don’t include Microsoft

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Nokia may be packing Windows Phone 7 into its up-and-coming smartphones, but MeeGo will most likely power its highly anticipated tablet device, says report.

The said report comes via Reuters and claims that a source within Nokia has confirmed that Nokia’s tablet device will not feature a Windows-based operating system.

The source went on to state that MeeGo was a definite possibility.

Here’s the official line from Reuters:

“The Finnish cellphone maker is still considering its options for tablets and these include MeeGo, a platform Nokia has been jointly developing with Intel, the source said.”

There was no mention of Symbian featuring on the tablet, which means MeeGo is looking likely to be the operating system that powers Nokia’s tablet device once it lands.

No exact dates, either for an announcement or release date, have been confirmed by Nokia, but we’d expect that Nokia will be announcing something soon – either way, the Finns are certainly leaving it pretty late.

According to BGR, a “recent patent filing found in the United States Patent and Trade Office’s database has reignited rumours that the mobile giant will be releasing a tablet in the near future.”

While MeeGo would certainly be a viable option, we can’t help think of the ill-fated Nokia N9, which never even saw the light of day.

Then there’s the fact that MeeGo is often referred to as the “biggest joke in tech” by industry insiders.

All in all, Nokia is going to have to get its act together with MeeGo and its tablet device if it wants to go head-to-head with the likes of the iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and BlackBerry PlayBook.

The Nokia saga continues…

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