Nokia planning to join the tablet party

Nokia planning to join the tablet partySpeaking 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.

via: WMPoweruser

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 29, 2011 at 10:06

OMG...
Seeing how well Nokia's 3G netbook did, this makes sense. NOT!
They are in no position to waste a £ on any more nonsense.

iamdamien  Apr. 29, 2011 at 12:16

Am I the only person looking forward to the tablet bubble bursting? They are uneccesary, apart from at POS in shops and so forth. I can't see what they do? Or how they benefit a regular user?

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 29, 2011 at 12:54

I agree, iamdamien. When I had the Galaxy Tab I felt like an idiot - even in my own home. There's the lappy, there's the 4.3'' phone...but, hey, lets see what my tab can do for me.
Agree, it's handy for sales reps, hospital staff etc etc...
And I reckon the bubble WILL indeed burst.
When microsoft launched the umpc, the world just shrugged. I think we are just witnessing a very very slow shrug.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 29, 2011 at 12:54

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Andy247  Apr. 29, 2011 at 16:10

Agreed, it's taken since the launch of Windows XP, with it's specific Tablet edition, until now to gain any traction, and it's purely due to the persuasive marketing of the 'dark side' . It's only a matter of time before everyone realises they have a device that's not quite good enough to be a computer, or a mobile.

iamdamien  Apr. 29, 2011 at 18:37

I can't honestly see any other tablet than the iPad being a regular device choice by many. They simply give me a "meh" response. Why would I want to shell out upwards of £499 for a device that is neither a PC, laptop or phone? Then pay for the data service that tends to come bundled with a phone anyway? I think I'll pass. But I do think at POS they could work very well.

timokamarainen  Apr. 30, 2011 at 07:46

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