Nokia seeks tablets with eye on Windows 8

Nokia could tiptoe into the tablet market as the next step beyond its Windows Phone based Lumia range.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop told reporters in Sydney, Australia yesterday, the company is looking "very closely" tablet, but has not announced anything official, according to the Australian Financial Review.

"We are looking very closely at the market right now that Microsoft has put in place the tablet surface, so we try to learn and understand what the right way to participate and would be the time."

Elop also dangled the possibility of an Android tablet, saying that there were advantages to the size of 7-inch screen made popular by Android devices. When reporters asked if Nokia would Windows or Android, the CEO has given the green light for Windows. But a PR executive reminded that no formal decision has yet been taken, AFR revealed.

However, a Windows tablet would be a logical choice given the relationship with Nokia Microsoft. The Finnish phone maker has spent the past year rise in its Lumia Windows Phone devices. And despite this reminder conservative PR representative, Elop has played up the integration from a Windows tablet.

"It is important to note that the ability of the company is something that every user is looking for," said Stephen Elop. "So when you think about Lumia 920, running Windows Phone, Windows or with a tablet PC or Xbox is something that will give us the opportunity to have a sufficiently integrated experience. Our first focus on what we see clearly in the side of Microsoft. '

This is not the first time Nokia has dropped hints about a tablet Windows. October 1, 2011 in Interview with the Financial Times, Stephen Elop teased the idea of ​​a tablet Windows, pointing to a "clear synergy" with the Nokia Lumia environment running on tablets and PCs in the future.
And in November of 2011, the head of Nokia in France claimed that the company would have a Windows 8 tablet on the market by June 2012.

So far, it's been all talk and no tangible product. But a Nokia Windows tablet could be much closer than Elop is letting on.

Recent rumors suggest the company will launch a Windows RT tablet early this year. If the reports are true, the 10.1-inch tablet would come with a special keyboard cover equipped with its own battery. Carried by AT&T, the device would also offer a cellular connection along with HDMI and USB ports.

Of course, Nokia would face the same competition with tablets that it does with smartphones. Both markets are dominated by Apple and Android. Instead, Nokia is looking to challenge BlackBerry for third place in the smartphone wars.

Elop played up the number and variety of apps designed for Lumia phones as superior to those available for BlackBerry. Nokia now offers around 125,000 apps, compared with just 6,000 when the first Lumia phones debuted, according to the CEO. But BlackBerry World may hold about the same number. Last September, BlackBerry announced that its store was home to around 105,000 apps.
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