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Nokia boss hints Windows 8 tablets are to come

Stephen Elop has hinted the company is eyeing up the tablet market, and may have some plans to work with Windows 8…

Nokia World may be over for another year (and it. Was. AWESOME!) but the company's CEO has just hinted in an interview that a Windows 8 tablet may well be in the works.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Elop described Windows 8 as a "supercharged" version of Windows Phone for tablets. "There's a new tablet opportunity coming," he said. "We see the opportunity. Unquestionably, that will change the dynamics [of the tablet market]." Hmm…

Windows 8 features a similar tile-based look to the Windows Phone mobile operating system that Nokia uses for its Lumia 800 and 710 handsets. He reiterated that the company has made no announcements regarding tablets.

But come on. With everyone and his dog having a tablet out, Nokia needs to come up with something seriously impressive if it wants its comeback to be taken seriously.

There's word that Windows Phone apps will work in Windows 8, and that you'll be able to make calls from Windows 8, so convergence shouldn't be an issue for Nokia handsets and tablets.

Elop also criticised other operating systems as suffering from a glut of apps. "There's a small number of applications, in the hundreds, that are must haves, and we'll do whatever is necessary to make sure those are on our platform," he said. "The popular apps, the high end of the curve, we'll be very focussed on.

"It's not a race of total quantity. There's only so many flashlight apps that you need for a smartphone." So maybe Nokia devices won't be getting Cut the Birds then.

Last week Nokia unveiled the Lumia 800 and 710, its first handsets to run the Windows Phone OS. The Lumia 800 has 16GB storage, a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, and an 8-megapixel camera. It'll cost £400 on pay as you go when it launches on 16 November.

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