Nokia's 10.1-inch Sirius tablet to rival iPad 5

Rumors suggest that Nokia has a 10.1-inch tablet, codenamed Sirius, in the pipeline and it will have a price tag similar to the current-gen iPad.

Speculations of a Windows RT Nokia tablet have been making rounds in the tech arena for quite some time now. Some pictures of a red variant of the device have also appeared online with a Verizon logo. However, the company has remained mum on the launch of the alleged device, which will reportedly challenge Apple's upcoming iPad 5.

A recent report from The Verge cites sources familiar with Nokia's plans and claims that the tablet will be called Sirius and will make its debut at an event planned for Sept. 26 in New York.

The Verge claims that the upcoming Nokia Sirius will be thinner and lighter than the current iPad. However, speculations suggest that the next-generation iPad 5 will take design aspects from the iPad mini and will be thinner and lighter than the iPad 4. It will be interesting to see which one of the Nokia Sirius or the iPad 5 is thinner and lighter.

Rumors also suggest that the Nokia Sirius will have a 6-megapixel rear-facing and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The Nokia tablet will have a 10.1-inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 display resolution. The Verge reports that the tablet will run on Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and have 2GB of RAM on board.

The device is also expected to feature 32GB of storage with the option to expand the memory using a microSD card. The Nokia Sirius is also expected to have a Micro HDMI connector and a Micro USB port. Users will hope to see LTE connectivity and a powerful battery which supports at least 10 hours of usage.

"Nokia is also planning to ship a keyboard accessory with its 'Sirius' tablet that includes a battery for additional charging. Other optional accessories will also be made available at launch. We're told Nokia's tablet will be priced comparatively with Apple's iPad, and that the company won't try to undercut pricing initially," reports The Verge.

The tablet space is full of top-end devices from various vendors that are continuously vying for consumers' attention. Nokia will have to try its best to compete with the big wigs in order to make a place for itself in the market.  It remains to be seen whether it will make it or not.

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