Nokia confirms range of tablets and ‘hybrid' mobile devices

Nokia has been frustratingly coy when it comes to discussing its tablet plans. At the end of last year, CEO Stephen Elop revealed that although the company had its eye on the tablet space, Nokia did “not have an exact plan”.

More recently, in March this year, Nokia executive vice-president Niklas Savander offered a little more hope, when he acknowledged that a tablet would be a good fit in the company’s range, but he underlined the need for differentiation in any potential Nokia tablet. “If we are going to be in that market,” he said, “we need to have a [different] point of view, because the 101st maker isn’t really a commercial or consumer proposition.”

After all of the equivocation and purely hypothetical discussion of tablets, the company has finally gone on the record, revealing that Nokia will launch a range of tablets and ‘hybrid’ mobile devices. Nokia’s outgoing chairman, Jorma Ollila, told the Financial Times: “Tablets are an important [product], so that is being looked into, and there will be different hybrids, different form factors in the future.”

While he didn’t elaborate on what platform these devices would be based on, the market is more or less universally united in its expectations that Nokia will be releasing hardware based on Windows 8 (or Windows RT) - particularly given the emphasis that Microsoft is also expected to place on the advantages of owning both a Windows-based tablet and a Windows Phone, when it launches its marketing assault for the new operating systems later this year.

Ollila was speaking ahead of his departure from Nokia this week, after 27 years with the company. In the interview, he acknowledged that Nokia had been too slow in adapting to the fast pace of development in smartphones, but claimed that those days were now behind it. He suggested that Nokia’s combination of its latest products and its value-added services will “make a difference” and help the company to regain lost ground.

He also told the FT that he supported Stephen Elop's decision to dump Symbian and focus Nokia's smartphone development around the Windows Phone platform: "I am happy with what is happening. When you have such strong competitors in the marketplace, it will take a bit of time, but things are going well."

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Such a beautiful combination... Nokia slate running Windows 8 RT would be amazing! It's kinda getting to the stage where Nokia really need to get this stuff going big time. Few areas I think ty need to improve on... They need to get their products launched globally on the same day or as close as possible together... Ridiculous that we still can't buy a Lumia 900 in the UK. Also, they really need to ge docking station's out for their products... This is a must! If they could open up lots of high street stores too that would be good alongside a global online store instead of redirecting you to Amazon. They're doing a great job at the minute but they really need to up their game to compete properly with Apple and Samsung.

YES! DO WANT!

Nokia is in the perfect position, I repeat, the PERFECT position, to make a Windows 8 tablet. Just freaking do it, Nokia! Do it!

FalseAgent said,
YES! DO WANT!

Nokia is in the perfect position, I repeat, the PERFECT position, to make a Windows 8 tablet. Just freaking do it, Nokia! Do it!

An over-sized version of my cyan Lumia 900 would be beyond greatness.

limok said,
The cyan border looks a bit broad, but other than that nice can't wait, the black one for me please.

For me it looks like someone took the Lumina phone, stretched it in Photoshop and put an Win8 screen in it lol

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

For me it looks like someone took the Lumina phone, stretched it in Photoshop and put an Win8 screen in it lol


Probably because that's exactly what someone did

Side note: Why did they put W8 DP screen on it, instead of the W8 CP?

rfirth said,

Probably because that's exactly what someone did

Side note: Why did they put W8 DP screen on it, instead of the W8 CP?


Probably an old mockup.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

For me it looks like someone took the Lumina phone, stretched it in Photoshop and put an Win8 screen in it lol

Eyes like a hawk! lol

limok said,
The cyan border looks a bit broad, but other than that nice can't wait, the black one for me please.

Whole lot of wasted/dead area on that mockup. Looks nice but the real one will hopefully utilize more of the surface area for display? Eh we'll see.

M_Lyons10 said,
Indeed. I wonder if what they release will look anything like that PS job...

They're going to milk the unibody polycarbonate design as long as possible.
I say this PS render is a good example of what's coming.

tuneslover said,
Ahhh..Can't wait for Windows 8 tablets. Last week I canceled the order of iPad 3. I hope MS will not let me down.

Yeah, same here. And if Nokia comes out with Tablets they'll definitely be ones I look into.