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

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

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • 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).
  • LMAO
  • Yeah I'll be buying on launch day if they make one..
  • Same
  • I second that motion
  • I wish it'd only cost a couple hundred :D
  • You could always head to a facility and sell "son components."
  • That tablet is awesome O.O i have the black lumia 800 and gonna buy that blue tablet :D
  • I'm in love! :-P
  • 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
  • Id buy apple and kill it on the first day just to get tablet
  • 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. 
  • I think that's a very fair assumption. Can't wait either, I always wanted to go to Finland! :-P
  • Yes! Fair assumption indeed!
  • I would actually stand in line for this one. Or camp in line a la iPad minions.
  • I'll save you a spot.
  • I have never stood I line for a device but I just may as well
  • 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.
  • That shit will sell by the case loads
  • I would buy it by the case load.
  • I would buy it by the case load.
  • 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...
  • Its not real windows 8, its probably going to be windows RT (aka, windows on arm)
  • Probably going to be Windows RT or then again probably not.
  • .....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 think you nailed it in that last sentance :)
  • Yep, lol.
  • 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
  • Wow... I would totally buy it if it looked just like the picture. This is the tablet I'm waiting for.
  • I. Want.
  • I like it.  Bring it on Nokia!
  • Come on Nokia!!!!!!
  • Cyan tablet
  • Sorry... I think they are ugly. Just my opinion.
  • I'm patiently waiting for this
  • I'd sell my iPad 3 for it.
  • come on nokia I would buy a tablet from you guys if you make like the concept one. Looks so sweet.