Nokia boss hints at Windows 8 tablet, hybrid mobile devices

by Doug Drinkwater

May 3 2012

Nokia chairman Jorma Ollila says tablets could make a "big difference" to the Finnish handset maker
Nokia chairman Jorma Ollila says tablets could make a "big difference" to the Finnish handset maker

Speaking to the Financial Times yesterday, Nokia chairman Jorma Ollila said that tablets will make a “big difference” to the struggling Finnish firm, and hinted that the first Nokia tablet could run Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.

"Tablets are an important one, so that is being looked into, and there will be different hybrids, different forms", said Ollila, suggesting perhaps that Nokia could come to market with something along the lines of a Samsung Galaxy Note or Asus Transformer Prime.

Despite expressing some irritation around the constant questioning over a Nokia tablet, Ollila also went onto hint that Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows 8, could form the base of Nokia’s first tablet PC.

"When you look at it and think about what people are expecting in their digital life, they are expecting some uniformity of experience across their phones, their tablets, their PCs, their automobiles, their gaming platforms.

"We are very interested in the Metro user interface and Metro is clearly the big bet for Microsoft. But again, no specific announcements... but [it is] something we are interested in."

This certainly isn't the first time Nokia has revealed its intentions to build tablets in the near future, with chief designer Marko Ahtisaari recently telling a Finnish magazine that he was spending around a third of his time building a tablet for the company. Prior to that particular announcement, Digitimes claimed that Nokia was planning to launch a 10-inch Windows 8 tablet in October, while company CEO Stephen Elop admitted the firm was looking at Windows 8 tablets 'very carefully'.

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