Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) is “very interested” in tablets, according to one of the executives of the company during the launching of its flagship smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 925 which features a metal design and the latest innovation of PureView camera.
Jo Harlow, executive vice president of smart service for Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) said, “We’re very interested in tablets and that’s an area we’re looking for.” Despite his enthusiasm on tablets, Harlow did not provide further details if the company will introduce its own Nokia tablets in the future. He said, “I don’t have any product news I can share.” His statement and excitement about tablets stirred the curiosity of people if a Nokia tablet will be available in the market in the near future.
Nokia Corporation (NOK) Rumors About Tablet
Back in February, during the launching of the Nokia 620 Windows Phone 8 in Pakistan, an onstage screen showed an image of a 7-inch tablet along with a new phone and a monitor that was powered by Windows. Rumors spread that Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) is developing a 7-inch Nokia tablet.
However, spokesperson for the Finnish smartphone manufacturer denied the rumors and explained that the picture shown during the event was not a leak and it was a picture of the WP UI together with Win8 tablet UI, and Xbox UI. The spokesperson emphasized, “They are not Nokia specific products.”
On the other hand, Stephen Elop, chief executive officer of Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) also stated in February that the company is looking closely at the tablets. A report from the Australian Financial Review cited Elop’s statement, “We are studying very closely the market right now as Microsoft has introduced the Surface tablet, so we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and what point in time.”
In addition, Elop said, “It is important to note that the opportunity for companionship is something that any user is looking for. So, when you think about the Lumia 920, running on Windows phone, having a Windows tablet or PC or Xbox is something that will give us the opportunity to have a pretty integrated experience. Our first focus on what we look at is clearly in the Microsoft side.”
Elop also indicated that Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) is also considering the possibility of developing a 7-inch Android tablets. When asked specifically to choose between Windows and Android operating systems, Elop favored Windows.
Going back to the launching of the Nokia Lumia 925, the Finnish smartphone manufacturer highlighted that its flagship smartphone is equipped with the most advanced lens technology and next generation imaging software with the ability to capture clearer, sharper pictures and video including best and low light images.
Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) also said that the Nokia Lumia 925 is integrated with the new Nokia Smart Camera mode which allows users to capture ten images at once with edit options like Best Shot, Action Shot, and Motion Focus to create a perfect and high-quality image.
Harlow said, “We keep innovating. We’re advancing experiences on the Nokia Lumia portfolio whether that means great new benefits for an existing Lumia owner, or bringing new showcase devices like the Nokia Lumia 925.”
The wireless carriers for Nokia Lumia 925 are Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ:VOD), T-Mobile US Inc (NYSE:TMUS), China Mobile Ltd (NYSE:CHL) and China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (NYSE:CHU). The device will be available in UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, and China in June.