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After Lumia Handsets, Nokia To Launch Windows Tablets?

Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop, confirmed that the firm could be looking at entering the tablet market next year, according to an interview he gave to Bloomberg, just a few days after the Nokia World event which saw the launch of the first Windows Phone Mango handsets.

More specifically, Elop (opens in new tab) said "There's a new tablet opportunity coming [and] we see the opportunity. Unquestionably, that will change the dynamics of the tablet market".

He added that Windows 8 was a supercharged version of Windows Phone. It's worth noting that he's thinking about Windows 8 as a potential tablet device, which means that Nokia could eventually start selling other devices based on Windows 8 and ARM.

We already know that Windows 8 has phone features built in and we believe that Microsoft - like Apple and Google - may merge both OSes in the future.

Nokia has tinkered before with traditional form factors. Back in August 2009, at the height of the Netbook fever, it released a laptop called the Booklet 3G which proved to be a rather disappointing product (check our five reasons why we thought the Nokia Booklet 3G would fail), partly because it cost £650 at launch.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.