Elop: Nokia has 'no exact plan' for tablets

Elop: Nokia has 'no exact plan' for tabletsNokia clearly has ambitious plans for its smartphone future – albeit one that relies heavily on Windows Phone maker Microsoft.

But when it comes to tablets things are far less clear cut. In fact, so much so that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has admitted that the company doesn't have a clear-cut tablet strategy in place at all at this stage.

Elop's surprisingly frank admission came in an interview with Finnish TV, where he argued that the tablet market at present offered little opportunity for new devices entering the market to make any kind of significant impact.

Part of the problem lies with Windows Phone itself, which unlike Android and iOS is designed purely for smartphones. Microsoft's bid for a piece of the tablet action will lie instead with Windows 8, which is set to arrive in the second half of 2012.

For Nokia, that means there's little choice but to wait, though it's worth bearing in mind that its link-up to Microsoft is specifically limited to only cover smartphones, so in theory Nokia could release an Android tablet, for example, without compromising its relationship with Microsoft.

Either way, Elop doesn't seem too bothered at this stage:

“Nokia does not have an exact plan, but we are studying the markets carefully,” Elop revealed. “Perhaps we will come [to market] one day.”

It seems like the only sensible decision to make, to be fair. Nokia has more than enough work on its hands focusing on regaining some of its former smartphone glory. And with the vast majority of tablets we've seen so far having been a disappointment, Nokia has very little to gain getting involved at this stage of the game.

Via NASDAQ

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CTPAHHIK  Dec. 21, 2011 at 10:35

What he actually meant:
“Nokia does not have an exact plan (for anything), but is on track with Microsoft's strategy"

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 21, 2011 at 10:51

Does he speak Finnish, btw?

mrew42  Dec. 21, 2011 at 11:01

Does he speak Finnish, btw?
As in they are... finnished? :p

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 21, 2011 at 13:05

LOL
No, I actually wonder if he had the decency to learn the language of the country whose economy he's involved** in ruining ;) (**disclaimer - "involved in " is used casually here as is the term "ruining" - I meant "renewing", if ever asked in a court of law)

CTPAHHIK  Dec. 21, 2011 at 13:28

It's called "reallocation of resources"

tiiimmmy  Dec. 24, 2011 at 10:14

my new years resolution is to punch him in the face....

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