Nokia backs away from Chairman’s tablet statements

imageA few days ago outgoing Nokia Chairman Jorma Ollila seemed to make it clear that Nokia will soon be launching a range of tablets, saying “Tablets are an important one, so that is being looked into, and there will be different hybrids, different form factors [handset designs] in the future.”

Now a Nokia spokesperson, has clarified that these statements did not constitute a promise of future products.

“What Mr. Ollila said has been misconstrued a bit …” the spokesperson Keith Nowak told eWEEK. “As we have been saying, we are watching the space with interest, but have made no announcements regarding a tablet product.”

As far back as November 2011 the head of Nokia France has confirmed Nokia will be luanching a Windows 8 tablet and as recently as March 2012 a Digitimes report has stated that Nokia plans to launch a Windows 8 tablet in Q4 2012.

Nokia is however running into significant financial troubled waters, and many commentators have expressed the feeling that tablets would be a distraction and drain on resources for the company when it should be working full steam at increasing its volume of Windows Phone handsets shipped.

Do our readers think Nokia’s tablet plans may have been cancelled, or should they go full steam ahead? Let us know below.


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