Nokia CEO Stephen Elop: No Nokia tablet anytime soon

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop: No Nokia tablet anytime soonToday is a big day for Nokia's smartphone division, with the Windows Phone 8 Apollo-running Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 touching down in New York this afternoon.

But with an action-packed event detailing everything from AR tech to wireless charging pads, there was one subject we heard not a single word about from Nokia: tablets.

It's widely accepted that whatever tablet ambitions Nokia had in the days of MeeGo and Symbian were largely dashed when it decided to switch to Windows Phone. With Microsoft's tablet OS, Windows 8, still in development, Nokia's focus was 100% on getting its first smartphones, the Lumia 800 and 710, out the door.

We're almost a year on from that point now, however, Windows Phone 7 has become Windows Phone 8, while the tablet-friendly Windows 8 is now on the brink of launching.

So you'd think that preferential ecosystem partner Nokia would be raring to go with some tabletage, and might even have had a sneaky slate up its sleeve to show off at today's event.

But alas, no. The whole shindig was devoted to Lumia and Windows Phone.

In fact, the only mention of tablets came in the Q&A at the end of the event, when Elop was asked: “Is Nokia developing a Windows 8 or RT tablet?”

Elop's response: “We have not announced any plans to introduce tablet products.”

That's the end of that, then.

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Pondlife  Sep. 5, 2012 at 18:10

So not that they aren't planning it, just that they've announced no plans to, which we knew. Politician in training? Well he's crappy enouugh

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 5, 2012 at 20:12

So not that they aren't planning it, just that they've announced no plans to, which we knew. Politician in training? Well he's crappy enouugh

They said in March they are working on a tablet ;)

blizzard7  Sep. 5, 2012 at 20:51

Would be a big mistake to pass on this holiday season.

Pondlife  Sep. 5, 2012 at 21:03

Maybe they can't release one due to deal with MS..

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 5, 2012 at 21:06

Maybe they can't release one due to deal with MS.. Could be... t*t for tat. Acer and co mightn't be too happy about more special favours for Nokia?

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