Nokia has commented on rumors that the company plans to launch a Windows 8 tablet in 2012.
The Finnish handset maker issued a statement to BGR on Wednesday but refused to confirm or deny whether the company has any plans for a Windows 8 tablet next year. “We haven’t announced any plans anywhere in the world at this point regarding a potential tablet strategy,” a Nokia spokesperson told BGR in an email. The rumors started on Tuesday after Paul Amsellem, Nokia’s French general manager, briefly discussed Nokia’s Windows 8 tablet plans in an interview with French newspaper Les Echos. Amsellem mentioned a June 2012 date for Nokia’s Windows 8 tablet. “In June 2012, we will have a tablet that runs on Windows 8,” said Amsellem.
Nokia also commented on rumors of a new high-end Lumia device. Amsellem reportedly mentioned future devices and compared the Lumia 800 to a BMW 5 Series, noting that Nokia will have a 7 Series and a 3 Series to go compliment it. The 7 Series reference was likely the Nokia “ace” handset that has leaked several times over the past few months. The 3 Series was a reference to Nokia’s Lumia 710 device, a mid-range handset. “There is no doubt that in the long term we view our Windows Phone ‘Lumia’ devices as a portfolio play – today we have announced 2 devices in the portfolio – the Nokia Lumia 710 and the Nokia Lumia 800,” a Nokia spokesperson told BGR. “However, the Nokia Lumia 800 represents the ‘flagship’ of our current portfolio – and we haven’t revealed what else may be in store in the future for the Lumia portfolio.”
The Windows 8 rumors follow hints that Nokia may be planning its own Windows tablet. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has previously discussed the potential opportunity for a Windows 8 based tablet. In an interview earlier this month, Elop talked up the possibility of a Nokia Windows tablet in the works. “There’s a new tablet opportunity coming,” he said. “We see the opportunity. Unquestionably, that will change the dynamics” of the tablet market, he added.