We’ve been talking about the possibility of seeing a Nokia tablet for what seems like ages now. These rumors have come up time and time again, and while we occasionally get an official quote from the company regarding such a venture, it’s often not long after before Nokia sets the record straight, dashing our hopes. Recently, we’ve heard that Nokia might have a ten-inch Windows 8 tablet in the works for a debut at the MWC. Now a new interview with CEO Stephen Elop makes such an announcement sound very unlikely, but at the same times give us hope that the day could still come when we’ll finally see a Nokia tablet.
Elop explains, “we haven’t announced tablets at this point, but it is something we are clearly looking at very closely. 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 at what point in time.”
What’s even more interesting is that Elop seems to leave the door open for the possibility of an Android tablet, instead of Windows 8. While his preference for creating a “companion” device to work with Lumia phones strongly suggests a leaning towards Windows 8, Elop is clear that Nokia hasn’t committed to any one route just yet.