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Nokia is supposedly putting its tablet plans on hold

by Doug Drinkwater

February 18 2013

A purported image of Nokia's tablet turned up towards the end of 2012
A purported image of Nokia's tablet turned up towards the end of 2012

Nokia will most likely not launch its first tablet at the Mobile World Congress later this month, according to two separate reports.

Rumors towards the end of last year had suggested that Nokia was intending to launch a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet at the MWC in Barcelona, but that belief is now being brought into question.

Market research firm Strategy Analytics believes that the Finnish handset maker will not have a tablet at the show, a sign possibly that the widely-reported model is still not yet ready for production.

""Nokia will not unveil a tablet with a Microsoft operating system at this year's Mobile World Congress. We believe Nokia's strategy will be 'smartphones first' for MWC this year," said the company on its website.

"And rightly so. Nokia will want to expand its Lumia smartphone range and solidify its growing leadership of the global WP8 (Windows Phone 8) market”.

Nokia itself also appears to have distanced itself from the idea of announcing a tablet at the Barcelona technology exhibition.

“On tablets, there’s been no change in our position. We are watching the consumer response to the overall tablet market, including the first wave of Windows 8 products from Microsoft and others, to gauge how best to prioritize this opportunity,” a spokesman told TabTimes in a recent email exchange.

The same spokesman later added that CEO Stephen Elop would give the ‘same answer’ if asked about Nokia tablets at the forthcoming tech exhibition.

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