Surface tablets might not have sold like hotcakes in the recent past, but that isn’t representative of the future of Windows tablets. It seems like Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is flirting with the idea of joining hands with Windows to expand beyond smartphones. Stephen Elop only recently spoke to Financial Review and told them that Nokia is considering form factors other than just smartphones. During the conversation, he also nodded when he was asked if Nokia would go with Windows. There is every chance of Nokia forming an association with Android as well. However, Nokia clearly more inclined towards Windows.
Stephen Elop didn’t shy from telling the media about Nokia’s latest interests as he said, “We haven’t announced Nokia tablets at this point, but it is something we are clearly looking at very closely.” He further added, “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.” I won’t be surprised if Nokia prolongs its association with Microsoft, given the success of Nokia Lumia smartphones.
Nokia hasn’t decided on the screen size just yet. The CEO of Nokia did elaborate his theory on the subject. He feels that small tablets like Nexus 7 and iPad Mini have their own positives while Surface and iPad are advantageous in their own special ways. That just goes to show that Nokia is still considering what size would reap maximum rewards for the company. After all, bigger does not necessarily mean better in all cases. No wonder the Nokia CEO had to be reminded that Nokia hasn’t made an official decision just yet.
It is worth noting that rumors regarding a Windows tablet from Nokia have been coming in since 2011. Unfortunately, there was very less substance to the speculation each time. Latest ones that actually follow the Nokia CEO’s talks seem to suggest that Nokia would fancy the RT version of Windows on their tablets. It does not end here. Rumors hint at the possibility of Nokia showcasing one of these Windows tablets as soon as next month at the Mobile World Congress. Only time will tell if there is any substance to these fresh Nokia rumors or not.