Nokia exec confirms 2012 Windows 8 tablet release
Firm wants to be the BMW of smartphones
Nokia will indeed release a Windows 8-based tablet next year, the head of the Finnish phone firm's French operation has confirmed.
"In June 2012, we will have a tablet that runs on Windows 8," Paul Amsellem told French newspaper Les Echos.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop hinted earlier this month that such a gadget might be in the works.
“There’s a new tablet opportunity coming,” Elop said. “We see the opportunity."
Amsellem also likened Nokia's newly released Lumia 800 Windows Phone 7 smartphone to auto maker BMW's 5 Series.
"We will soon have a full range, with a Series 7 and Series 3," Amsellem promised. ®
"Firm wants to be the BMW of smartphones"
So owners will walk around town, making turns without indicating, almost bumping into you and breathing down your neck in corridors?
A new opportunity?
This implies there was an old opportunity for tablets.
There is no market for tablets, and there has never been one. People either want Apple gear, because it is Apple gear, or they want something that is exceedingly cheap yet otherwise as performant and useable as Apple gear.
Unless one of these new Nokia toys is going to come out for £100, then I don't really see them getting very far. The Win8 tablet market will be a crowded one, and *still* no-one will care because the problem with tablets is not and has never been their operating system.
Stick with the phones, chaps. You don't have much time left in which to redeem yourselves.
Careful when you compare to BMW, I had a nice company 320D that ingested a swirlflap (Google it) and BOOM that's a new engine please.
As they are running MS software I'd compare them to more like KIA, cheap and nasty but functional.
More like SAAB
Once great scandic car maker with flair for design ends up with detroit motors under the hood, and worse.
if the MINI is a BMW...
The 1st gen MINI had a Chrysler engine
(and the Diesel had a Toyota unit)
The current one has a Peugeot engine!