If all goes well, we would see Nokia launching a 10-inch Windows RT powered tablet in next year. The Finnish handset maker is reportedly in talks with Microsoft, Qualcomm and Compal Electronics to manufacture a 10-inch tablet running on Windows RT, aimed at grabbing market share from Apple and Samsung Electronics.

Nokia : Prominent Global Handset Manufacturer

Nokia : Prominent Global Handset Manufacturer

As per a report published in Digitimes:

Nokia originally planned to develop a 10-inch Windows RT tablet equipped with Qualcomm’s S4 processor in first-quarter 2012, with Compal to undertake ODM production and initial shipments of 200,000 units to test the market, the sources indicated. But because Microsoft later announced Surface, and the market for Windows 8/RT tablets needed to be proven, Nokia internally focused on smartphones, and delayed the development of the 10-inch Windows RT tablet, the sources pointed out.

The company has just lost its first spot in IHS iSuppli’s preliminary forecast of top-5 Cellphone handset OEMs in 2012, which is now dominated by Samsung. As per the forecast, Nokia’s contribution in global mobile shipment has dropped to 24 percent from 30 percent and now company is in the the 2nd position followed by Apple, ZTE and LG.

Nokia will probably show off the tablet in upcoming Mobile World Congress, which is scheduled to be held in Spain’s Barcelona during the last week of February next year.