Yesterday, an interview with Nokia’s Jorma Ollila was published, containing quotes that seemed to suggest we’d be seeing some Windows 8 tablets from the company in the future, including some “hybrid” models. Today the company is distancing itself fro Ollila’s statements, but does that really change anything about Nokia’s interest in tablets?
Regarding product lines that Nokia be looking to in the future, Ollila said, “Tablets are an important one, so that is being looked into, and there will be different hybrids, different form factors in the future.” While “being looked into” is pretty noncommittal, the rest of Ollila’s comment seemed to suggest that one way or another, a Nokia Windows 8 tablet would eventually become a reality.
Today a Nokia spokesperson has responded to that quote, calling the reaction to it “misconstrued”. While the company admits it continues to keep a close eye on the tablet ecosystem, it doesn’t want to give the impression at the moment that it’s officially announced, or in any way has committed to such a device.
There are a lot of expectations for a Nokia tablet, and we’d say the chances of seeing one, even before the end of the year, are reasonably solid. After all, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard what sounded like confirmation from the company. Details may still be in the works, and Nokia would want to break the news on its own terms, so don’t take today’s clarification as much more than an overly-wordy “no comment”.