Nokia’s not given up on tablets
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop says the company hasn’t given up on tablet devices.
The company today confirmed it was switching its smartphone development to Windows Phone 7 – an operating system that Microsoft has specifically ruled out for tablet devices.
We preserve the right to introduce tablets using other platforms
But Elop says that’s not necessarily the end of Nokia’s tablet ambitions. “We could take advantage of things Microsoft are thinking of in the future as relates to tablets,” Elop said at a press conference, sitting alongside Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Microsoft is in the process of porting Windows to ARM processors, which have long featured in Nokia’s smartphones.
However, Elop also suggested that Nokia might look elsewhere for a tablet OS. “We preserve the right to introduce tablets using other platforms,” Elop claimed. “We have multiple options here.”
The company also launched its own Windows-based netbook, the Booklet 3G, in 2009, but its £500 price tag deterred buyers.