Nokia sees “interesting opportunity” for a Windows tablet
Fresh off of revealing its first Windows Phone 7 handsets at Nokia World, technology pundits are already beginning to ask whether Nokia will also jump into the tablet computing fray. Speaking to the Financial Times, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop demurred about any specific tablet plans, but had this to say:
“We are not commenting on specific plans for tablets. But I will point out that one of the things that we are excited about in terms of support for the Windows Phone are the announcements made around Windows 8 for tablets and personal computers. When you see the user experience from the Nokia Lumia environment appearing on hundreds of millions of tablets and PCs in the future, you can see that there is a clear synergy between all those environments. So that presents an interesting opportunity for Nokia.”
Microsoft has ruled out tablets based on Windows Phone 7, so a potential Nokia tablet would presumably run on the upcoming Windows 8 platform, which has a tablet-friendly touch interface that borrows heavily from the Windows Phone 7 Metro UI. That means any plans would have to wait until Microsoft is ready to ship Windows 8.
A Nokia branded slate would appeal to followers of the Finnish handset manufacturer, but the company may choose to proceed with caution. Developing for the full version of Windows may present different challenges then creating handsets for Microsoft’s mobile OS. Mary McDowell, the executive vice president in charge of mobile phones at Nokia, pointed out that the tablet market is very competitive, with Apple’s iPad product line dominating the competition. McDowell said that any effort by Nokia in the tablet market would need to build off of future success in the smartphone market.
1. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
please nokia get ur phones in good order before trying to build a tablet..
2. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
windows tablet? no thanks. ubuntu tablet? ill take 2!
3. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
I agree with you Mary McDowell. It is very competative, going against the established ipad. JUst look at the Motorola Xoom and HP webOS tabs. Both failed miserably and they were supposed to be the next big thing! Play it carefully Nokia. Develope it but make sure the tab will have something exciting to offer beyond the ipad. By the way, that pic looks really NICE!
4. saiki4116 (Posts: 324; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
bring it on Nokia...restore your lost glory
5. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
The picture looks pretty cool, Nokia should definitely make a Windows 8 tablet made from polycarbonate plastic like the N9 and L800!
6. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)
Well yeah i can imagine a tablet like that on the picture... it would be sooo comfortable and good looking :)