Nokia CEO Drops Another Windows Tablet Hint
February 5, 2013 3:04 PM
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Elop says his firm is "studying" Microsoft's Surface design
At a press event in Sydney, Australia, Stephen Elop, chief executive of
now-profitable Finnish smartphone maker Nokia
), said his company was
studying the tablet market
He commented, "It is the case that in the months and years ahead, you will see us broaden out the portfolio, which means pushing to lower and lower price points, in some cases smaller form factors and so forth. We haven’t announced tablets at this point, but it is something we are clearly looking at very closely. We are studying very closely the market right now as Microsoft has introduced the Surface tablet, so we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and at what point in time."
And in a comment that may surprise some, he says that while his company is
married to Microsoft
) for smartphones, it may
look to rival platforms
for tablets. He comments, "We would consider any option [Android or Windows] … It is important to note that the opportunity for companionship is something that any user is looking for. So, when you think about the Lumia 920, running on Windows phone, having a Windows tablet or PC or Xbox is something that will give us the opportunity to have a pretty integrated experience. Our first focus on what we look at is clearly in the Microsoft side. But we have made no decision or announced nothing."
In his comment, Mr. Elop said both smaller 7-inch form factors, and larger 10/10+ inch form-factors had merits.
The tablet question enraptured the audience of reporters who had come to an otherwise hum-drum event at which Nokia was announcing a $329 USD off-contract budget smartphone based on Windows Phone 8 --
the Lumia 620
The Nokia Lumia 620
Also entertaining, Mr. Elop took a swipe at rival BlackBerry, Ltd. (
BlackBerry 10 platform
is contending with Windows Phone 8
for third place
. He comments:
I wouldn’t want to comment on how it [BlackBerry] looks. But when a business person or consumer is purchasing a smartphone today, what they are actually buying is much more than what you see in your hand.
They are certainly buying the hardware and operating system, but they are also buying the full range of applications that may be available for the device. They are buying the cloud based services that are required to make this a complete experience, like mapping, navigation and music.
Windows Phone 8 currently has around 125,000 apps, nearly double the 70K apps that are expected for BlackBerry 10 at launch.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop
Mr. Elop says he's glad Nokia paired with Microsoft instead of Google Inc.'s (
) Android, noting that he feared being marginalized like [Google subsidiary] Motorola Mobility and HTC Corp. (
). He comments:
On the Android side, we were very worried that we would be entering Android late relative to everyone else in the industry, that perhaps one vendor was already well on the road to being the dominant Android vendor at the expense of everyone else.
If we look back two years to when we made the decisions,then Samsung was big, HTC was pretty big and Motorola was pretty big. Of course what has happened in the two years is that Samsung has captured the lion’s share of it and the others have been squeezed down to much smaller market share. We were worried about exactly that pattern forming.
Nokia, too has been squeezed to much smaller market share, moving a mere 6.6 million smartphones in the last quarter, about a third of its volume from a year ago. However, for better or worse Nokia has arguably positioned itself as the premium Windows Phone maker, a position that could pay dividends if the platform becomes more popular.
In Mr. Elop's eyes, Nokia's camera technology is one thing that differentiates its offerings from those of popular Android smartphone makers like Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
). He remarks, "Photography is one case where we can make a big difference. You can put our device next to everyone else, including some of the ones just announced in the last day or so and say 'boom this is so much better.'"
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RE: good choice
2/6/2013 12:26:08 PM
they cant keep up with current demand for Windows Phone 8
This is not positive, this is negative: In Q4 2012 Nokia sold about 5 Million N8 alone (this was the Nokia high-end then).
In Q4 2012 they cannot even sell more than 4.4 WP-phones as a whole?
This shows that Nokia cannot handle its supply chain correctly, even with their current abysmal sales.
Also I am quite aware of the fact that you are weaseling around - Nokia collapsed from 28 Million to 6.6 Million smartphones sold in Q4 when comparing 2010 and 2012.
Note that Nokia collapsed while the whole market grew over 100% in this time.
This cannot be turned into a success story for Nokia.
For WP yes, but not for Nokia.
RE: good choice
2/6/2013 1:15:28 PM
Elop is doing a fine job of moving a manufacturing facility while juggling all the part supply chains and release a device in the last couple weeks of the year.
Lets continue this conversation in say 6 months time when the devices reach all distributors.
Then there will be no excuses if Nokia isnt growing back market share.
RE: good choice
2/6/2013 1:21:13 PM
Not weaseling around with phone sales your figures are incorrect about Nokia. Like I said before your focusing on ONE area instead of the whole.
During the fourth quarter, Nokia's Devices & Services operation not only exceeded expectations, but delivered "underlying profitability." The struggling company said that the division's mobile phones unit delivered better-than-expected results, with 86.3 million total unit sales. Nokia's Windows Phone-friendly Lumia line generated 4.4 million unit sales, and the company's Asha line of handsets for emerging markets tallied 9.3 million units sold.
"We are pleased that Q4 2012 was a solid quarter where we exceeded expectations and delivered underlying profitability in Devices & Services and record underlying profitability in Nokia Siemens Networks," Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said today in a statement. "We focused on our priorities and as a result we sold a total of 14 million Asha smartphones and Lumia smartphones while managing our costs efficiently, and Nokia Siemens Networks delivered yet another very good quarter."
RE: good choice
2/6/2013 2:35:41 PM
I did not focus on one area. It is a fact that Nokia sales collapsed from 28 Million per quarter to 6.6 Million.
And no, statements from a delusional CEO cannot change that fact.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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