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This Week’s Chitter Chatter – tablets from Nokia, iPad Mini 2 and more cities get 4G from EE
Some of you will no doubt have one of Nokia's rather smart Windows 8 phones in your handbag or pocket. If you've been impressed with your new purchase, you'll be interested to learn that this week Nokia have announced their intention to start developing different mobile devices, with the likelihood that they will create a Windows-based tablet at some point in the future.
Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop was quoted as saying that they have been looking at the Microsoft Surface tablet and that ‘we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and at what point in time’. So there’s no indication of a time scale as yet but speculation is that they would use the Windows RT operating system rather than Windows 8 to keep the selling price down. Elop would not be drawn on what size of tablet Nokia may venture into first, saying that he could see the advantages of both the smaller tablets like the Nexus 7 and the traditional sized tablets such as the iPad.
Talking of tablets, no sooner has the iPad Mini launched than we're hearing rumours about Apple’s iPad Mini 2. Apparently, it will feature a much improved screen resolution of 324 pixels per inch compared to the fairly low 163ppi res screen on the original. The actual screen size will remain the same at 7.9 inches. With a higher res screen, the Mini 2 will need a faster processor such as the one used in the iPad 4, the Apple A6X. It’s also anticipated that a 128GB device will be launched which will give it the same storage capabilities as the latest iPad. We expect prices of the iPad Mini 2 to be along the same lines as the original iPad Mini . Once we hear more about the spec and date of release, we’ll be sure to update you.
Finally, more news of the continuing rollout of EE's superfast 4G network. Between April and the end of June, 4G will be coming to Aldershot, Ashford, Basildon, Basingstoke, Blackpool, Bracknell, Camberley, Colchester, Crawley, Farnborough, Guildford, Horsham, Huddersfield, Leatherhead, Maidstone, Milton Keynes, Oldham, Oxford, Redhill, Reigate, Sevenoaks, Stevenage, Tonbridge, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Warrington, Wigan and Woking. By the end of June, it will cover 55% of the UK population - all able to stream HD movies and play multiplayer games with their friends with having to worry about delays and buffering.
As you may or may not have heard, EE's 4G tariffs are now available from just £31 a month. You can check them out here.