#1 Nokia Concept 1 - Could a Nokia Designed Windows 8 Tablet Put the Brakes on Apple's New iPad?Basically a giant Lumia phone, but striking nonetheless. We like this concept, but feel people may be tired of blown up phones passing as tablets. As Slate's Farhad Manjoo said, the iPad isn't a giant iPhone, it's a giant iPod!
#2 New iPad - Could a Nokia Designed Windows 8 Tablet Put the Brakes on Apple's New iPad?The new iPad's display is its best new feature due to its HD resolution. Nokia likely won't be going for anything like that, but by the time its tablet is ready, an HD display would be expected. It's just not likely to have 3.1 million pixels like the iPad.
#3 Nokia Concept 2 - Could a Nokia Designed Windows 8 Tablet Put the Brakes on Apple's New iPad?Here's the Nokia X-Slate, an Xbox 360 inspired tablet with better gaming ability.
#4 New iPad - Could a Nokia Designed Windows 8 Tablet Put the Brakes on Apple's New iPad?iPad goes on sale March 16, and many people will be lining up to spend $500 on their new tablet. Nokia will have to either blow people away with its design or debut it at much less than $500 if it wants to compete with Apple.
#5 Nokia Concept 3 - Could a Nokia Designed Windows 8 Tablet Put the Brakes on Apple's New iPad?This design is a 12-inch tablet, and looks a bit less furturistic than the others. Maybe this is the direction Nokia will actually go in rather than just a large Lumia design.
#6 New iPad - Could a Nokia Designed Windows 8 Tablet Put the Brakes on Apple's New iPad?New iPad is also the first iPad to include 4G LTE support. Nokia's Lumia 900 smartphone will be the first LTE Windows Phone device, so perhaps the Nokia tablet would also get in on the high-speed broadband game.
#7 Nokia Concept 4 - Could a Nokia Designed Windows 8 Tablet Put the Brakes on Apple's New iPad?Lastly, we have the Espresso from designer Tris Clark. It's close to the Lumia design of course, but without the wacky color schemes. We like this design too because if you look close, you can see a little notch on the long side for a projector.
Nokia designer Marko Ahtisaari has confirmed Nokia is working on building a tablet computer, but no other details were offered up. A Windows 8-powered 10-inch tablet would be logical given Nokia's close relationship with Microsoft, but that is not confirmed. Ahtisaari did an interview with Finnish magazine Kauppalehti Optio, and only leaked this nugget by saying he spent 30% of his time on the project. If a Nokia tablet comes to fruition, a Windows 8 version could be the best chance yet for any tablet to take on the new iPad and its revolutionary HD display.
The problem then would be how to get people to see it as just another tablet in an already crowded space. Would Microsoft make it another Windows tablet for professionals or make it more like an Xbox 360 portable? There's already a lot riding on the Windows 8 launch later this year, so taking on the iPad directly might be asking even too much of Microsoft. Nevertheless, designers have already taken the courtesy to draft some nice concept designs of their own should Nokia need a hint or two from prospective buyers. Perhaps Microsoft could eventually throw in some Kinect functions for some futuristic 3-D gesture controls. Apple already is working on this technology, though without the Kinect part obviously. Start the slideshow to see some cool Nokia concept tablets from various designers, and how it could possibly match up to the iPad. Let us know if you think Microsoft's Metro design would look good on a tablet or if you think it needs more work.