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Nokia chief suggests Windows tablet on the way

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Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop has suggested that the Finnish firm may be close to entering the tablet market, most probably with a Windows-based device.

Whilst he stressed that Nokia is not close to announcing anything at this stage, Elop did tell journalists in Sydney that the firm was watching the growing tablet space "very closely", reports Financial Review.

Nokia Lumia 620


He said that Nokia hopes to learn from the experiences of Microsoft, which launched its own line of Surface tablets running the Windows 8 operating system last year.

"It is the case that in the months and years ahead, you will see us broaden out the portfolio, which means pushing to lower and lower price points, in some cases smaller form factors and so forth," said the Canadian.

"We haven't announced tablets at this point, but it is something we are clearly looking at very closely.

"We are studying very closely the market right now as Microsoft has introduced the Surface tablet, so we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and at what point in time."

Elop, the former Microsoft executive who became the first non-Finn to lead Nokia in 2010, said that there are merits to both the smaller 7-inch form factor tablets, such as Google's Nexus 7, and the larger tablets like the Apple iPad.

In early 2011, Nokia ditched Symbian and its own MeeGo system, and threw its lot in with Microsoft to use the Windows Phone software on a new range of smartphones branded as Lumia.

Surface Pro for Windows 8 tablets

© Microsoft

Google's Nexus 7 tablet

© Google



Elop was coy on whether a Nokia tablet would use Windows or go with Android, but appeared to suggest that the former was more likely.

"We would consider any option [Android or Windows]. It is important to note that the opportunity for companionship is something that any user is looking for," he said.

"So, when you think about the Lumia 920, running on Windows phone, having a Windows tablet or PC or Xbox is something that will give us the opportunity to have a pretty integrated experience.

"Our first focus on what we look at is clearly in the Microsoft side. But we have made no decision or announced [anything]."

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