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 6:25:30 AM
Metro is seriously great on any touch interface. Better than any other UI. Even Steve Wozniak recently said its the most beautiful and easy to use phone OS around, and that even the apps on WP7 look better than their Android and iOS alternatives. Surprised DT hasn't reported on this.
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