Nokia Strongly Considering Tablet PCs, Stephen Elop Says

The company might choose Windows for such devices, but nothing has been announced

By Ionut Arghire on February 4th, 2013 12:01 GMT

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has seen an increase in sales of its Windows Phone-based Lumia devices in the past months, and it has already announced its focus on expanding its lineup in this market segment.

However, it seems that the company is also considering the launch of tablet PCs, although it hasn’t made an official announcement on the matter as of now.

However, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has confirmed to reporters in Sydney, Australia, that the company was strongly considering the tablet PC market, given that other companies also entered it.

“We haven’t announced tablets at this point, but it is something we are clearly looking at very closely,” Elop said, according to a recent article on The Australian Financial Review.

“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.”

According to Elop, each of the various screen sizes of current slates has its own advantages, including the smaller 7-inch devices, as well as larger ones, such as the popular Apple iPad.

Although Nokia has nothing to announce in this area at the moment, and the company’s CEO stressed on this a few times, we might expect any Nokia tablet PCs to run under Windows, at least in the beginning.

“So, when you think about the Lumia 920, running on Windows phone, having a Windows tablet or PC or Xbox is something that will give us the opportunity to have a pretty integrated experience. Our first focus on what we look at is clearly in the Microsoft side,” Elop said.

While there’s also the chance that Nokia will choose Android for its tablets, it would certainly make a lot more sense for it to go for Windows once again, as it did for the Lumia series, especially since this would enable it to deliver an integrated experience.
Nokia confirms again that it is considering tablet PCs
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