The tablet market is littered with failures, disappointments and bad ideas, but consumer tech companies, lor' bless 'em, still seem game for giving it a go, and today's dose of tablet speculation involves none other than Nokia.
The rumour mill is claiming Nokia France boss Paul Amsellem has confirmed a Nokia tablet running Windows 8 is being lined up to launch in June 2012, and as a bonus he's apparently also hinted that a new high-end Windows Phone flagship smartphone is on its way too.
When it comes to tablet rumours, it can be quite hard separating fact from fantasy, and an awful lot of it, we suspect, is little more than connect-the-dots. After all, both Android (well, Android ICS) and iOS support both smartphones and tablets, so if you're already making one, the jump to the other is a no-brainer, right? Well, referring again to those failures, disappointments and bad ideas, the answer is clearly no, but that's not the point.
The point is that Nokia France head honcho Amsellem reckons some tablet action is the key to turning around the company's slipping market share across the Channel, and considering Nokia's new buddy-buddy relationship with Microsoft, it'll obviously be Windows 8 running the show on board.
Responding to a query from Boy Genius Report, a Nokia spokesperson said “we haven’t announced any plans anywhere in the world at this point regarding a potential tablet strategy”, which can be taken to mean, well, pretty much anything you like.
But Amsellem, whose comments appeared in French newspaper LesEchos, wasn't done there. He added fuel to the rumours of a high-end Windows Phone Mango handset that will soon join the Nokia 800 and 710 in Nokia's ranks – the much-debated Nokia 900, or the Nokia Ace.
He didn't name it as such specifically, though. Instead he said the Nokia 800 was “just the equivalent of the BMW 5 Series. We will soon have a full range with a Series 7 and Series 3”.
In the end it's certainly not enough to confirm any specifics about Nokia's roadmap for 2012 – other than revealing it'll be travelling in luxury, that is.