Nokia considering tablets ahead of MWC?

Nokia considering tablets ahead of MWC?
Finns contemplating tablets and affordable phones

Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop, has hinted at the arrival of Nokia tablets in an interview with TechRadar during CES in Las Vegas.

The Finnish manufacturer is yet to follow its competitors into the tablet battle, buts as the market continues to grow for touchscreen slates, Nokia will not want to miss out on a slice of the pie.

During the interview Elop talked up Microsoft's Metro user interface for Windows 8, noting the use of live tiles can appeal across the spectrum of technology.

He goes on to say that Nokia is accessing the opportunities in the market and is looking to take a different angle compared to current tablets, saying "can we be different, can we do something and if so that would be interesting".

Eyes on the low end mobile prize

Elop made it known that Nokia is focussing on the low end mobile market, not chasing the quad-core brigade of HTC & Co: "You don't need a quad-core phone unless you want to keep your hands warm in your pocket", he quipped.

"There are people in the world who are less willing or unable to spend a certain amount on the device. Clearly we're going to have to serve them in a different way."

Nokia is aiming to produce affordable phones which draw on its vast experience of making quality handsets to provide customers with a desirable and functional mobile, while deviating from the norm and creating different and exciting new products.

TechRadar will be keeping an eye on the Nokia stand at MWC at the end of February to see if it delivers on the CEO's words.

John McCann
Global Managing Editor

John joined TechRadar over a decade ago as Staff Writer for Phones, and over the years has built up a vast knowledge of the tech industry. He's interviewed CEOs from some of the world's biggest tech firms, visited their HQs and has appeared on live TV and radio, including Sky News, BBC News, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, LBC and BBC Radio 4. Originally specializing in phones, tablets and wearables, John is now TechRadar's resident automotive expert, reviewing the latest and greatest EVs and PHEVs on the market. John also looks after the day-to-day running of the site.