Nokia was first rumored to have a tablet in the works last year when some patented design sketches were leaked online. The sketches showed a general design, but they were just sketches seeing a real physical prototype Nokia tablet would have been a lot more convincing.
Other than seeing sketches of a supposed Nokia tablet there wasn’t any sign that Nokia planned on getting into tablets. Even when the CEO of Nokia was pressed for comment on the emerging tablet market he only gave a PC answer. Elop said, “There’s a new tablet opportunity coming. We see the opportunity. Unquestionably, that will change the dynamics.”
As we move well into 2012 and we’ve already seen Nokia introduce their first Windows Phone 7 smartphones is a tablet something we should expect from the company? I think yes, there really is no reason to think Nokia isn’t pursuing a tablet this moment.
In 2011 Nokia made some big announcements with regard to it’s future as a mobile company. Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop announced a move to Windows Phone 7 for Nokia’s handset business and a direct partnership worth multiple millions with Microsoft. It would have made a lot of sense for Nokia to announce a tablet when they were introducing the Lumia line of smartphones, but alas they didn’t do that.
However some new reports indicate that the Nokia tablet project is actually more alive than it has ever been before. Nokia’s design chief Marko Ahtisaari said he was currently entrenched in the design process for a tablet that will offer a new revolutionary user experience. That’s all Ahtisaari is saying for now.
Nokia Lumia Windows 8 tablet?
The Nokia tablet has a 90% chance of being a Windows 8 device, in my opinion. Given Nokia’s tight relationship with Microsoft of late I can very easily see Nokia’s “revolutionary” tablet being a Windows 8 tablet PC. The only other options that Nokia has available to them include Android and Symbian, both of which seem very unlikely choices given Nokia’s current direction as a company.
As Apple extends their lead in the growing tablet market Nokia is still sitting on the sidelines. In fact Nokia is the only major mobile maker that isn’t actively involved in the tablet market. Even troubled companies such as RIM and Motorola have released tablets of their own.
For some the clock is really ticking for Nokia to enter the tablet market, but if they’re going the Windows 8 route their only really waiting as long as they needed to. Microsoft is expected to release the final version of Windows 8 later this year, they’ve already released a few beta versions and most recently a consumer preview of the new Windows software.