Another Nokia Exec Hints at Upcoming Windows 8 Tablet
May 3, 2012 6:36 PM
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Hybrids (à la the Lenovo Yoga) are also in store
Finnish phonemaker Nokia Oyj. (
) may look to new markets for a pick-me-up -- namely, the lucrative tablet market.
Thus far the challenge to Apple, Inc.'s (
) dominant iPad has been
weak at best
, with only the Amazon.com, Inc.'s (
) Kindle Fire managing to
secure a significant chunk of sales
. Thus the door remains
wide open for Windows 8 tablets
-- tablets which will likely run
Windows 8 RT
, a special ARM-friendly OS release.
Following Nokia design head Marko Ahtisaari's
that a tablet was in the works, another Nokia executive has dropped hints at upcoming product. Jarma Ollila, Nokia's departing Chairman, told
The Financial Times
, "Tablets are an important [product], so that is being looked into, and there will be different hybrids, different form factors in the future."
Intel Corp. (
) has been pushing the idea of
"hybrid" Windows 8 ultrabooks
hard. Designs like the eye catching Lenovo Group, Ltd. (
have been drawing considerable attention.
Thus one could expect Nokia's upcoming lineup to feature a mixture of Intel x86 hybrids and ARM tablets.
Nokia is confirmed to be preparing a Lumia Windows 8 tablet. [Image Source: The Verge]
Nokia and Microsoft Corp. (
) remain closely tied. In exchange for Windows Phone adoption, Microsoft is helping to
keep Nokia afloat
the painful transition
Nokia's new CEO Stephen Elop
served as a Microsoft Canada executive before moving into his current position.
like Canada's Research in Motion
, Ltd. (
), is trying hard to sell Windows 8 tablets as a companion device to its smartphones. While details are scarce,
Windows Phone 8
is expected to feature special features to increase interaction with tablets.
The Financial Times
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5/4/2012 1:27:30 AM
He's probably from the same choir that said that Apple had no chance with their iPhone.
Companies like Nokia aren't ready to walk away without a fight any more than RIM. It was just 10 years ago that Apple was on the verge of disappearing alongside Commodore and Atari. You can't count anyone out until they're out.
5/4/2012 6:31:49 AM
It was more than 10 years ago. Apple
nearly died. If it wasn't for Microsoft bailing out Apple in the late 90's then it's very likely the company would not exist. Apple got lucky. But you do have a point.
5/4/2012 9:22:04 AM
I think Apple makes a very nice device but that doesn't mean everything else in the world is crap. I think there are positives and negatives to Android, iPhone and Windows Phone 7.
When my mother in law was looking for a new phone last week I told her to buy an iPhone and she did. Thats the device that makes the most sense for her. I could have told her to get a Windows Phone and Im sure she would have loved it too but considering she has an iPod mini touch and was familiar with the iTunes software I figured that would be better for her.
The point is people really should stop talking out of their ass about the Windows Phones as if there is something wrong with it.
Look at the Amazon reviews and realize the Windows Phone is a Damn Good OS. People love their X-Box but are somehow afraid of Windows Phone.
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