Today, Nokia held a special media event in Indian metro cities including Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore to release its Windows Phone 8 smartphones - Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 alongside unveiling of Lumia 620.
Gizbot was present at the event and had an exclusive interview with Viral Oza, Marketing Director, Nokia India on the sidelines of Lumia smartphone launches.
At the midst of the conversation, Viral Oza revealed that all the Lumia smartphones running on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system present in the Indian market including Lumia 610, Lumia 710, Lumia 800, Lumia 900 and the newly launched Lumia 510 will be receiving the Windows Phone 7.8 Refresh upgrade in the next two weeks.
Further, he also boasted about the Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade features, which includes a new Start screen look and feel, familiar to that in Windows Phone 8, Ringtone maker app to selected markets to create a personal ringtone, Contact share app updated to support sharing over Bluetooth in addition to SMS and email and more.
Moreover, when inquired about the Nokia highly rumored Windows RT tablet, which has been doing rounds over the web claiming that the Finnish handset vendor will be announcing a Windows RT tablet in the upcoming MWC 2013, the official opined, "Tablets are an integral part when it comes to Windows 8 ecosystem, however, I will not be able to comment on the same today."
Back in September, during the announcement of the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones at a combined press event with Microsoft in New York, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop also hinted that the company is working on new tablet that will run on Microsoft's latest OS. "We have not announced any tablets, but I think the opportunity is very clear. People today increasingly are looking for a common digital experience between their smartphone and tablet, with a PC, and with their gaming platform, and so there's clearly an opportunity across there. This is something that we are looking at very closely," the official was quoted saying in a ABC News report.
Elop further stated that the timing for the new tablet launch couldn't have been more perfect, courtesy its tie-up with Microsoft. "Microsoft is introducing Windows 8 as well for PCs and tablets in the months ahead; same user experience, except taken to a larger screen size, one big family, and therefore many people around the world will gain experience with what we're doing. So, it's a very, very exciting time for us," he added.
Hence, with the information regarding the next generation tablet, it might be a possibility that the Windows RT tablet from Nokia could be announced at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2013 event scheduled to happen in Barcelona in February.
Ongoing rumors on the specifications of the highly anticipated Nokia Windows RT tablet suggest, that the device will come packed with a 10.1 inch display, ARM processor, special keyboard cover with external battery, two USB ports, an HDMI port and a battery offering about 10 hours of backup.