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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, 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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Will Elop's plan succeed?
By jnemesh on 5/4/2012 1:47:00 PM , Rating: 1
My guess is that by this fall the Nokia shareholders will have kicked Elop and Microsoft out of the company. So any "plans" for Windows 8 products are probably not going to happen. The sales on this platform have been dismal...and for all of the hype surrounding the phones "selling out" around the US, there are many more tales of the phones sitting stagnant in stores around the world. If the "sell out" was so incredible...why hasnt Nokia or Microsoft announced hard numbers yet? I will tell you why...because more Android devices are activated in a week than Microsoft activates in a QUARTER! This platform is doomed, the only question is how long before the companies involved pull the plug.

RE: Will Elop's plan succeed?
By Mitch101 on 5/4/2012 1:51:20 PM , Rating: 2
Estimates are at 1.2 to 1.6 million since launch of the Nokia 900 so far.

Its hasn't been released everywhere yet.

Its just one device there are more coming and even more 900's in different colors.

The quarter just began the 900 started selling at the very end of the first quarter.

RE: Will Elop's plan succeed?
By Mitch101 on 5/4/2012 1:54:53 PM , Rating: 2
Adding to it T-Mobile is getting the devices soon.

AT&T’s Nokia Lumia 900 has been a huge success for both the carrier and the manufacturer and although Nokia has not yet revealed any sales figures, the device has been sold-out in a matter of days after the initial launch and quoting the manufacturer, it exceeded all expectations.

Nokia Lumia 900 in UK on May 14th - a May 14th release date is the result of a pushback caused by the success of AT&T’s Nokia Lumia 900.

RE: Will Elop's plan succeed?
By sprockkets on 5/4/2012 8:11:53 PM , Rating: 2
Between MS and Nokia spending $500 million on it, Att $32 million and selling it for $99 to $0...

Not impressed.

Good phone tho :)

RE: Will Elop's plan succeed?
By raddude9 on 5/5/2012 7:59:08 AM , Rating: 2
Being SOLD-OUT doesn't mean anything, apparently most shops were given only a tiny amount of phones to begin with. Of course Nokia are going to make up interesting excuses for the UK pushback, they are going to try and make their poor planning and execution look like a good thing.

Of course they havn't released official sales figures, if it was good news they would have don it already.

If you look at the Amazon rankings, the Lumia 900 had a short week or two at the top, but now the sales have completely dropped off:

RE: Will Elop's plan succeed?
By Mitch101 on 5/4/2012 1:57:43 PM , Rating: 2
One More
Canaccord Genuity: Nokia’s Lumia 900 Second Best Selling Smartphone on AT&T (April)

RE: Will Elop's plan succeed?
By raddude9 on 5/5/2012 7:14:19 AM , Rating: 2
sure, the Flagship windows phone had a few weeks at the top, but it has slipped well down the up-to-date rankings on Amazon already:
it's currently number 7 and falling.

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