Article from Ashraf Eassa:
"Anyway, so it seems that Nokia (NOK), Microsoft's best friend in the world, is dropping plans for a Windows RT tablet and is instead doing the smart thing and releasing a full Windows 8 tablet, likely based on Intel's upcoming "Bay Trail" platform. I believe that this could be Nokia's shot at not only becoming relevant in the tablet market, but it could propel the firm to a market leader in this space.
Why Windows RT Makes No Sense
Windows RT - the OS, not the underlying runtime engine for the Metro UI - plain sucks. Contrary to popular belief, not everybody wants to replace a full Windows PC with a much more limited mobile OS. People like to print to their printers, use their traditional USB peripherals, run desktop applications, play their classic video games, and essentially have the best of both worlds. The unique advantage that Windows 8 has over any other platform is that in the "Metro" mode, it's a very competent tablet-oriented OS, but when real work needs to be done, a quick tap gets you into the full desktop"
[A Nokia tablet running Bay Trail sounds good!]
No announcement/no mention/no ads in nokia usa website. Though a future release, I would expect for company to at least mention that it is coming so to start folks thinking about it/get their attention early.
I think this indicates how numerous Intel's options will be with major players going forward. A tablet and then smartphone deal with Nokia would be of great strategic importance. We knew that Intel had already locked down a major mobility player but it hadn't been announced. I wonder if they had been talking about Nokia.
Intel continues to build momentum. The roadmap looks great. The pipeline is full. Volume production of 14nm FinFET is on the way. Already Bay Trail is looking like a monster. With Bay Trail, Windows 8.1 will gather force. XP replacements are going to ramp into 2014. Dual boot is going to be a huge success.
2013: Year of the Intel Tablet
2014: Year of the Intel Smartphone