In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Nokia gave the public a rare glimpse of what its future product portfolio would consist of, and perhaps the move is to incite investor confidence after a series of credit downgrades and concerns following the company’s announcement of $1.7 billion in losses. In the interview, Nokia Chairman Jorma Ollila revealed that the company would launch a ‘range of tablets‘ and ‘hybrid smart mobile devices,’ though he did not give a specific timeline as to when that launch would occur.
Nokia has long been rumored to release a Windows 8 tablet following the company’s unilateral decision to support Microsoft’s Windows Phone mobile platform over a year ago. The company had created a 3G netbook running on Windows 7 in the past in the form of the Booklet 3G, which Nokia says it created the product after U.S. carrier AT&T had requested it to do so.
“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,” Ollila says. A Nokia tablet had been rumored to launch by the end of this year.
Being a mobile device manufacturer, Nokia will probably launch a Windows 8 tablet with an ARM processor to help keep costs down. The upside is that these tablets will be cheaper than their Intel counterparts, but the downside of standardizing on ARM processors is that Windows on ARM won’t be able to use legacy apps designed for Windows 7 or earlier. Instead, they will be restricted to the HTML5 apps that the Metro UI is promoting, and given that case it’s unclear if businesses will be keen on adopting an ARM-based Windows tablet.
Regarding the hybrid smart mobile devices, it’s unclear what Ollila has planned for that. Perhaps, Nokia is looking at releasing a product like the Galaxy Note in the phablet category with a large, yet highly mobile display size. Though Nokia had been opposed to larger screens in the past, the company had said it was evaluating that market for opportunities.
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