Nokia to launch Windows 8 tablet in 2012

Nokia is set to launch a tablet PC running Microsoft Windows 8 next year, the head of the Finnish mobile maker's French subsidiary has revealed - possibly in time to go head-to-head with an expected Apple iPad 3.

Paul Amsellem, head of Nokia France, let the company's plan slip in an interview with French publication Les Echos (link in French), together with an overview of where its current Lumia 800 handset will sit in the firm's Windows Phone 7 handset range.

"It's a bit like the equivalent of the BMW 5 Series," Amsellem said. "We will soon have a full range with a Series 7 and Series 3, and in June 2012, we will have a tablet running Windows 8."

Oops. At a stroke, the loose-lipped exec had not only laid bare the company's plans for a tablet running Microsoft's upcoming touch-friendly OS - but also revealed that the Lumia 800 will not be the brand's Windows Phone flagship, reviving leaked rumours of other handsets such as the Nokia Ace which circulated before its launch.