Speaking on A-Plus, a Finnish TV programme, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has confirmed that Nokia is planning on releasing a tablet at some point in the future.
Elop said that Nokia was working “on something that would be differentiating”, adding: "There are now over 200 tablets in the marketplace and only one of them is doing really well.” That’ll be the iPad then.
The Nokia CEO wouldn’t commit to a particular operating system, however, and would only confirm that the Finnish manufacturer is considering various options, including Windows Phone 7 and “other software assets that we have”.
By the time Nokia gets round to developing their tablet, Windows 8 will probably be here. It’s being developed with tablets in mind, unlike Microsoft’s current operating systems.
Elop, who was recently spotted with a Nokia Windows Phone 7 prototype, said that a Q4 release for the first Nokia WP7 handset is a possibility, but that no official announcement will be made until nearer the time to avoid disappointment. That sounds fair enough to us.