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Meet the Nokia M510 tablet that Never saw the light since 2001 [Photos]

27 April, 2014 Nokia

Nokia Web Tablet

It's true, there was a Nokia tablet in production 9 years before Apple's iPad, or 6 years before the Steve jobs introduce the iPhone. It almost happened, after what could be called the last minute, the plug was pulled after about 1,000 units were manufactured, and so the "Nokia M510 Web Tablet" would never reach the hands of consumers.


Consumers and families were the target of the M510. Esko Yliruusi was on the team that created the tablet, and was responsible for testing the communications capabilities of the device. He was attached to the project up to the point it was canceled in August 2001 and he left the company.


Nokia web tablet


The Nokia Web Tablet had a full set of features for hardware of its era. It was designed on an early build of Symbian, called Epoc. It featured native email, calendar, "noticeboard" (bulletin board), and Opera web-browser apps.


The user interface was touch-screen enabled, and also stylus enabled. There are function buttons and toggles on each side of the tablet. The screen was a full 10-inch 800x600 pixel LCD. There was enough battery power for 4 hours of use, which, if you remember the technology from 2001, meant the tablets weight of 4 pounds was perfectly reasonable.


Nokia Web Tablet logo


There was USB connectivity as well as ps/2 and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Connectivity was managed by a Nokia C111 Wi-Fi module providing 802.11b connections allowing speeds up to 11Mbps. The M510 even had a stand to keep it upright while it was on the table. In fact, you could say the tablet was ahead of its time to an extent. Nokia's market research was indicating there was no demand for the product and that was the reason why the project was canceled.


Of the 1,000 tablets that were produced, nearly all of them were sent to the crusher. Mr. Yliruusi believes there are about 130 surviving devices. Each member of the development team got their own, "I had a strong feeling that this one is a keeper. There were things in the device that were done just as they should be. I felt that we shall be hearing of gadgets like this."




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