LONDON (TheStreet) -- Nokia's (NOK) - Get Report eagerly-anticipated tablet did not debut at the company's Nokia World event this week, although there is chatter that the potential Apple (AAPL) - Get Report rival is gearing up for a big November launch.

The

Mobile Entertainment

Web site reports that a

Nokia tablet

based on MeeGo, a Linux-based mobile operating system, could appear in a splashy event later this winter in Dublin, Ireland.

Nokia, which recently appointed former

Microsoft

(MSFT) - Get Report

executive Stephen Elop as CEO, instead focused its attention on devices running the Symbian operating system this week. The Finnish tech giant unveiled a slew of new Symbian smartphones at Nokia World, including the C7, the C6 and the E7, which Nokia is touting as "the ultimate business smartphone." The company also enhanced its Ovi Internet services and announced a deal with

Intuit

(INTU) - Get Report

to create mobile marketing services for small-to-medium-sized businesses.

A successful tablet launch would certainly be a welcome distraction for Nokia, which despite holding 33% of the world's smartphone market, has struggled to keep up with the level of innovation from rivals such as Apple,

Research In Motion

(RIMM)

and

Google's

(GOOG) - Get Report

Android.

Nokia's tablet is expected to be powered by an

Intel

(INTC) - Get Report

chip, although there has also been talk that an

ARM

(ARMH)

processor could feature inside the touchscreen device. This, however, would conflict with the MeeGo strategy, which is a partnership between Nokia and Intel.

Nokia has not yet responded to

TheStreet's

request for comment on this story.

The tablet market is certainly heating up as companies attempt to challenge Apple. The

DigiTimes

Web site reports that

a HTC Android tablet could be coming in early 2011

and

Samsung

is expected to provide more details on its

Galaxy Tab

at a glitzy New York event on Thursday.

Nokia shares dipped 6 cents, or 0.65%, to $9.88 on Wednesday, as the Nasdaq crept up 0.02%.

--Written by James Rogers in New York.

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