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Nokia's Chairman claims tablets and "hybrids" being looked into

Nokia tablet?

Jorma Ollila, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia Corporation, told the well respected Financial Times that Nokia has plans for tablets and "hybrid" smart devices, details nearly lost in the article focusing on how Nokia is trying to rebound from losing market share lately.

While specific on the device plans are scarce, Ollila did give a few tantalizing details in the interview, noting:

“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.”

We can of course only surmise that Ollila is referring to Windows 8 plans for the fall where Nokia is expected to release such devices. Such a pronouncement echoes an earlier comment by Marko Ahtisaari, Design Chief at Nokia who said in March that he spends a third of his time at the company on tablet development.

With Nokia making advances in flexible screens, their excellent design esthetic and the new Metro layout of Windows 8, we see yet another perfect storm to take on Apple in the tablet space.

Trying to catch up to Cupertino will be exceptionally difficult for the Finnish company, as much if not more than in the smartphone realm. But if there was a perfect aligning of technology: Nokia, Windows 8 and Microsoft would be the best shot.

The other bit about "hybrids" is also fascinating as it sounds to us like something between a tablet and a smartphone is being considered, ala the Galaxy Note. While the Note with its 5.3" screen was dismissed by many as too large, the device has actually been selling quite well indicating a strong market for such hybrids.

Needless to say, this fall should be very exciting.

Ollila is stepping down from Nokia after 27 years from the company as announced late last year.

Source: Financial Times; via the Nokia Blog

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Jess82#WP says:

Holy shit! If they make that I will sell my son for it. (I don't have any kids but I totally would spend a couple hundred for it).

Shantek says:

Yeah I'll be buying on launch day if they make one..

orion989 says:

I second that motion

aubreyq says:

I wish it'd only cost a couple hundred :D

HD7guy says:

You could always head to a facility and sell "son components."

teom95 says:

That tablet is awesome O.O i have the black lumia 800 and gonna buy that blue tablet :D

alphahalo23 says:

UHHHHHHHHHH THEY LOOK SO GOOD (IF CONCEPT OR NOT)

procen says:

I'm in love! :-P

dreamerbala says:

Oh my! I WANT one. Pls, Nokia... make one without any hardware glitches. I am confident that anything Firmware/Software related will be looked into sooner rather than later. Just hit the sweet spot with the hardware and I am SOLD

infin8ty says:

Id buy apple and kill it on the first day just to get tablet

jabtano says:

Tablets are an important one, so that is being looked into..really? Yea the concept tablets look nice.

tissotti says:

It's chairmans way of saying "we are furiously working it and trying to get it out before end of this year. ;)
 
Like mentioned already Ahtisaari said he is working on tablet. It should come in no surprise that Nokia will announce tablet in Nokia World, along with 2 or more WP8 devices. 

I think that's a very fair assumption.

Can't wait either, I always wanted to go to Finland! :-P

rodneyej says:

Yes! Fair assumption indeed!

gregoron says:

I would actually stand in line for this one. Or camp in line a la iPad minions.

RyanDaLyon says:

I'll save you a spot.

Neusyn says:

I have never stood I line for a device but I just may as well

Racxie says:

Usually hybrid tablets are a mixture between a tablet and a laptop, which I hope will be the case with Nokia as I'd still like to find a decent one to use with Windows 8.

Chicken7 says:

Yeah, I think you're right. Hybrids marketed by other companies have been half tablet, half laptops. I wouldn't mind one too. The concept looks awesome.

macastle says:

I nearly peed my pants when I seen that image. IPad what!!!! The beta test is really over after that model comes out. Nokia please make that tablet.

jowens1693 says:

That shit will sell by the case loads

Neusyn says:

I would buy it by the case load.

Neusyn says:

I would buy it by the case load.

Sicarius123 says:

Could a hybrid device and a keyboard slide tablet like Intels concept? Because I would buy that on launch day, hell I'd grey import it from another countries launch day as long as it didn't have carrier logos on it!

I'm still not sold on no keyboard tablets, but in 2012 why in hell do I use a mouse and not touch screen?

puredrive07 says:

I would like me a Cyan 10.1" or 12.1" Nokia Windows8 tablet! Keep telling myself, "matte black L900 was the smart choice," lol

vantil says:

Lumia 900 style design like in picture would be amazing in in small tablet or hybrid.
The best hardware design with the best tablet OS (W8).
Make it affordable enough and it's should be a huge success.
 
Cyan one for me, please.

Bruno H says:

Wow.

A cyan tablet like that would be fantastic.

I cant wait to take a cyan 12 inch Nokia tablet to a meeting. How old and boring the iPad minions would look :-)

And to Think that its not a crippled tablet os - it is the real Windows 8 running on it :-) This hardware together with Windows 8 will make Apple fanbois cry...

the_tyrant says:

Its not real windows 8, its probably going to be windows RT (aka, windows on arm)

Narr says:

Probably going to be Windows RT or then again probably not.

rubenbest says:

.....I guess I am the only one that think that design for a tablet ia ugly ( or at least the picture looks ugly to me.) maybe I am just crazy

Gmotagi says:

I think you nailed it in that last sentance :)

Strangis says:

I actually agree.  Other Nokia tablet concepts using Lumia designs have been floated around, yet this is the one that always gets used, even though it's really thick, and a 4:3 aspect ratio.

camaroguy says:

I highly doubt they would make it 4:3 ratio only because Win 8 is optimized for 16:9.  You may see some specialty product in a 4:3 for some reason, but they would be stupid to NOT release it in 16:9.

Looks ok but needs more style to it shaped better with injected mold polycarbonate they should even be able to make a Micky mouse head shaped tablet lol

Dorknight says:

Wow... I would totally buy it if it looked just like the picture. This is the tablet I'm waiting for.

21stNow says:

I like it.  Bring it on Nokia!

stumpy1570 says:

Come on Nokia!!!!!!

Sorry... I think they are ugly. Just my opinion.

ejlee072006 says:

I'm patiently waiting for this

bobsentell says:

I'd sell my iPad 3 for it.

xchaser says:

come on nokia I would buy a tablet from you guys if you make like the concept one. Looks so sweet.