Nokia continues to give hints about Windows 8 tablet

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has been dancing around the idea of a Windows 8-based tablet for months now. He's never made any actual confirmations but hinted strongly that the smartphone company was working on such a project. In a AMA session on Engadget today, Elop once again gave the impression that a Windows 8-based tablet product was in the works, without actually making a full announcement.

The Engadget AMA session had Elop also make a little fun of Microsoft's ditching of the "Metro" brand for its Windows 8 UI, saying:

So, we haven't announced anything in the tablet space yet. A couple of things are very clear... the common user experience across Windows Phones, tablets, PCs, etc. is something that is going to encourage users to expect a common digital experience. ALso, the visibility of the "Metro" (ooops, can't call it that) experience is going to drive a lot more visibility for our products. At Nokia, we definitely believe in the importance of that common experience.

Of course, Neowin has some previous ideas for a Windows 8/RT-based tablet from Nokia if Elop wants to use them.

Elop also discussed their Windows Phone products, including an answer to the question about why the upcoming Lumia 920 does not have an SD card slot. Elop said, " ... we were very focused on having clean lines of design with the smallest number of interruptions as possible."

Source: Engadget | Image via Engadget

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I think that if anyone does it, Nokia will be the first to release a 7" Windows 8/Windows RT tablet. No one else is doing anything under 10", so why not?

Oh, go on Stephen, we call it Metro, too. We'll always call it "Metro"!!!

As far as a Nokia tablet, I would look into that as much as Surface Pro. Love the design of the Lumia 900 and 920.

A340600 said,
Oh, go on Stephen, we call it Metro, too. We'll always call it "Metro"!!!

Yep, Metro was already in the public concious, and I think it's going to stick. Microsoft should've stayed with it, it was good branding, and it described it for what it was.

THolman said,

Yep, Metro was already in the public concious, and I think it's going to stick. Microsoft should've stayed with it, it was good branding, and it described it for what it was.

I wonder if there's still a chance that Metro will come back. Maybe that's why MS hasn't said much on the matter -- it might be working with that German company to either license or buy the name. I really hope Metro does come back.

I like well designed objects but not to the detriment of functionality; well, let us see how long before Nokia release a "Lumia 940" with quad-core and SD slot. My guess? Before Easter 2013 ....

Fritzly said,
I like well designed objects but not to the detriment of functionality; well, let us see how long before Nokia release a "Lumia 940" with quad-core and SD slot. My guess? Before Easter 2013 ....

and 21MP PureView with OIS. We can dream, right?

apparently they are interested but are they going to release it or not
im wondering which Nokia phone on the right side of the picture
could it be Nokia Zeal oO

I'll be making my Windows 8 tablet purchases before Christmas, I'll likely be buying two units.

I would hope they make any announcement before that time, because if they wait too long, I think alot of their potential customers will have Surfaces instead.

harveyt said,
lol....maybe cause Win8 hasn't been released yet

Well, why the heck is he using Internet Explorer 8??? That browser is freaking over 3 years old! Seriously??? You can't argue that IE9 isn't released yet because it had been released more than a year ago.

remixedcat said,
but why isn't he using windows 8 in the pic above? LOL

That definitely looks like a MacBook that the guy next to him is using, too

THolman said,

That definitely looks like a MacBook that the guy next to him is using, too

FYI, That guy is Myriam Joire from Engadget.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

Well, why the heck is he using Internet Explorer 8??? That browser is freaking over 3 years old! Seriously??? You can't argue that IE9 isn't released yet because it had been released more than a year ago.


Maybe it's not his main computer? Not every computer Mr. Elop's going to encounter in his entire lifetime is going to be upgraded to the latest version of IE...

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

Well, why the heck is he using Internet Explorer 8??? That browser is freaking over 3 years old! Seriously??? You can't argue that IE9 isn't released yet because it had been released more than a year ago.


Maybe it's not his main computer? Not every computer Mr. Elop's going to encounter in his entire lifetime is going to be upgraded to the latest version of IE...

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
Well, why the heck is he using Internet Explorer 8??? That browser is freaking over 3 years old! Seriously??? You can't argue that IE9 isn't released yet because it had been released more than a year ago.

You really this stupid? Most companies do not update software for years, theres so many reasons for this like compatibility with internal software and a load of other things. It's why some businesses are still on Win XP.


And they wonder why they have sec. Issues...and they get attacked all the time.....

NoClipMode said,

You really this stupid? Most companies do not update software for years, theres so many reasons for this like compatibility with internal software and a load of other things. It's why some businesses are still on Win XP.