Sure, the patent is filed in a period when the Surface tablet did not exist. And sure the Surface tablet might have spoiled some companies’ plans. But it’s good to know Nokia has been working on designs for tablets nearly a year and a half ago, and chances are it is still looking at this form factor.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has most recently dropped a hint that Nokia might be working on a tablet and he made it perfectly clear that Nokia can compete with Microsoft in the space.
“We haven’t announced tablets at this point, but it is something we are clearly looking at very closely,” Elop said in an interview in February. “We are studying very closely the market right now as Microsoft has introduced the Surface tablet, so we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and at what point in time.”
source: USPTO via Unwired View