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

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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).

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

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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...

.....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

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.

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

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