We initially heard of the existence of the Z500 from a Tweet made by Eldar Murtazin back in June 2010. The Z500 is apparently Nokias first Meego Based Tablet set to take on the iPad / Galaxy Tab and Blackberry PlayBook.
Nokia is currently preparing to launch an ARM-based tablet PC aiming for the fourth quarter of 2010, according to a Digitimes Research senior analyst.
Talking with upstream component makers, the analyst pointed out that Nokia has already completed about 100 engineering samples ready for testing. The tablet PC's panel size will be either 7- or 9-inch and manufactured by Foxconn International Holdings (FIH), the Hong Kong-listed handset subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), the analyst noted.
The analyst expects Nokia will likely adopt Meego as the operating system and believes the company will work with its telecom carrier partners for sales.
Now it looks like this is becoming more of a reality due to a
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Many are hoping this will be announced at the upcoming Meego Conference , but we doubt that this will happen as this is a developer conference and not a press event. We would LOVE to be proved wrong on that last point though 😉
Below is a Tweet sent by Eldar Murtazin in response to this news / rumor