Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, has been the center of attention of Microsoft and Windows Phone bloggers since the launch of the Nokia’s Lumia 710 and 800 Windows Phone handsets. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Stephen made a few remarks regarding Nokia’s plans to jump into the tablet market. “There’s a new tablet opportunity coming,” he said. “We see the opportunity. Unquestionably, that will change the dynamics” of the tablet market.
So far, Nokia has been quite successful with the launch of the Lumia 800 handset (Running Windows Phone Mango OS), gaining praise from many consumer electronics websites. If this former cell phone titan stays on track and delivers another unique product, they could position themselves as a tablet contender. Although Stephen did not give a concrete answer as to what Operating System the tablets would run on, he did mention that “The user experience of Windows 8 is essentially a supercharged version of the Nokia Lumia experience that you saw on stage today. And you see the parallels and opportunity for commonality from a user perspective.” This may be the only hint we need to bet that Nokia will power their tablets with Windows 8 (Read our blog about Windows 8 tablets here).
Hopefully we will hear more from Stephen about Nokia’s plan for their tablets, and I’m sure he will have a more concrete answer about the Operating System after the holidays.