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Hybrids (à la the Lenovo Yoga) are also in store

Amid its smartphone slump Finnish phonemaker Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V) may look to new markets for a pick-me-up -- namely, the lucrative tablet market.

Thus far the challenge to Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) dominant iPad has been weak at best, with only the Amazon.com, Inc.'s (AMZN) 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 March confirmation 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 in an interview, "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. (INTC) has been pushing the idea of "hybrid" Windows 8 ultrabooks hard.  Designs like the eye catching Lenovo Group, Ltd. (HKG:0992) "Yoga" design 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 10 inch tablet
Nokia is confirmed to be preparing a Lumia Windows 8 tablet.  [Image Source: The Verge]
 
Nokia and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) remain closely tied.  In exchange for Windows Phone adoption, Microsoft is helping to keep Nokia afloat financially through the painful transition.  Nokia's new CEO Stephen Elop served as a Microsoft Canada executive before moving into his current position.

Microsoft, like Canada's Research in Motion, Ltd. (TSE:RIM), 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.

Source: The Financial Times



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RE: Nice...
By mondo1234 on 5/4/2012 1:28:22 PM , Rating: 2
While I agree that WP is nice, unfortunately it doesnt sell as well as its ratings on Amazon. Sales wise, WP is still in the top 5, with 2 handsets (Lumia 900s) in the top 20.

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Cell-Phones-Acc...


RE: Nice...
By Mitch101 on 5/4/2012 1:48:58 PM , Rating: 2
The Nokia is supposedly selling well but your right for some reason people avoid the WP. Probably because so much fud was spread about the phone and because the sales agents didnt push it until recently.

If AT&T and Verizon want a third eco system its gonna happen.


RE: Nice...
By raddude9 on 5/4/2012 2:44:06 PM , Rating: 2
Have you got any data to support your claim that it is selling well? Not just that it's "sold out", I've read that shops were only given a tiny supply to begin with.
According to any hard data I've seen windows phone market share has continued to drop.


RE: Nice...
By raddude9 on 5/5/2012 4:33:12 AM , Rating: 2
Just checked again today and there are no longer any windows phone in the top 5, the Lumia 500 has dropped to 6th it looks like it has had its time in the sun.


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