Nokia comments on Windows 8 and Lumia handset rumors

By Tom Warren, on 16th Nov 11 3:32 pm with 24 Comments

Nokia Lumia 800

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.

  • http://techin5.com Jubbin Grewal @Techin5.com

    I hate when Companies do that. We know there’s something on the horizon, sometimes I wish they’d just admit it. No fun in knowing the answers I guess…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pedro-Roque/100000194503830 Pedro Roque

      You crazy? This keeps the Nokia name on the blogosphere!

    • http://techin5.com Jubbin Grewal @Techin5.com

      I’m sure it does, but it’s still annoying because we’ve ALL seen leaks here and there.

    • http://twitter.com/LachlanCMcLeod Lachlan C McLeod

      well obviously they will not admit to anything considering they have not even released their windows phones around the world.. they are going to judge how successful it is…

    • Anonymous

      a leak doesn’t mean it will be a final product. If there is a leak and people don’t like it and Nokia admits the leak, stocks will plunge, potential customers would turn away, other manufacturers could copy the the design and that’s not mentioning KIRFs. There is too much at stake to admit any kind of leaks.

    • Guest

      it also risks people holding off on the Lumia 800 if they think a 1000 is right around the corner.

    • Anonymous

      Well what do you want Nokia to say?  ”We have a much better Lumia coming out in a few months.  By the way, are you interested in buying our current stock of Lumia 800?”  Companies need people to buy their current products so you are always going to see this juggling act of “what to leak and when to leak it.”

      Edit: Unless you are talking about their W8 tablet. In that case, I’m with you, they should announce something. If anything, it may make prospective android/ipad buyers hold out to see what they come up with.

    • http://techin5.com Jubbin Grewal @Techin5.com

      Sure why not.

    • Guest
    • http://techin5.com Jubbin Grewal @Techin5.com

      @303f20a9142359e150a7bd43b9396d4d:disqus Relax.. I was joking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pedro-Roque/100000194503830 Pedro Roque

    I hate BMWs… couldn’t they go with a Ferrari comparison, instead?

    • http://techin5.com Jubbin Grewal @Techin5.com

      What.. like a future 458 italia is on it’s way? BMW is a comparison us mere mortals can understand lol, 3 5 and 7 series.

    • Anonymous

      its better to compare it to what most people could relate to.. BMW is more affordable 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pedro-Roque/100000194503830 Pedro Roque

      And boring as hell… not super boring as a Lexus or Mercedes, just boring

    • Joshua Godwin

      Dude in my Country (India) BMW is Royalty.If it were parked in a street,every single person who knows a thing or two about cars will pause for a minute to pay homage to the brand,so don’t ever call it boring if you come here.

    • Anonymous

      There’s a reason its called the worlds greatest driving machine.

    • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

      Up the memory and the processing power (WP8) and then call it a Porsche. ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pedro-Roque/100000194503830 Pedro Roque

      Why would anyone like an overpriced vw beatle is beyond me…

    • Guest

      Both are poor choices for a company hoping to sell to the masses.

  • http://twitter.com/IceInPerson Dom

    Someone working for Nokia France is going to have some severely sore knuckles after today, I would imagine!

    • Anonymous

      He is just lucky he doesn’t work for Apple.

  • Anonymous

    It’s superconfidential at the moment. Later Elop will leak them.

  • GP007

    I fully expect to see updated 7xx and 8xx if not a top end 9xx model to kick off next year.  To me it’s a given, and if Nokia is doing well with WP like it seems they are in the UK (sounds like they’ve had a strong start there) then a tablet is a given.   Expect a 7″ Nokia tablet when Win8 gets closer to RTM, hell Nokia might be the first OEMs to have a Win8 ARM tablet on the market officially.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jairo-Luciano-Alves/100002545369889 Jairo Luciano Alves

    I liked the BMW  comparison.. :)