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Nokia: no ‘exact’ plan to enter tablet market

Nokia won’t be entering the tablet race – yet – according to the company’s CEO Stephen Elop.

Speaking in an interview with Finnish broadcaster YLE Elop said: “Nokia does not have an exact plan, but we are studying the markets carefully. Perhaps we will come [to market] one day,”

This is a little vaguer than Paul Amsellem, head of Nokia France, who told French newspaper Les Echos ‘In June 2012, we will have a tablet running Windows 8.’

Of course Elop isn’t saying no and there’s no reason why things won’t change later. Nokia has a strategic partnership with Microsoft and we know the company is working on Windows 8 tablets. At Microsoft’s Build conference, 5000 developers were given Samsung tablet running Windows 8 – check out our hands-on here.

Samsung’s marketing manager confirmed the company would be introducing a touchscreen tablet from the second half of 2012.

In our opinion it makes sens for Nokia to wait a little before entering the tablet market. At the moment Apple totally dominates and we’ve yet to see an Android tablet make much of serious impact – although that could change if the Asus EeePad Transformer Prime sells as well as pre-orders suggest. Although we’d love to see what hardware Nokia’s engineers could produce, the Nokia Lumia 800 is an fantastic piece of kit.

Via: Tech Radar


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