The Nokia World event held in New York City this morning saw the launch of two Windows Phone 8 devices: the Lumia 920, Nokia’s new flagship device, and the Lumia 820, a stripped-down version of the former but the company’s trendiest Lumia smartphone yet.
Moreover, the Finnish phone maker hinted the upcoming release of a Nokia device that will run on Windows 8 – the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop addressed rumors of a Windows 8 tablet in an interview with ABC News:
We have not announced any tablets, but I think the opportunity is very clear.
People today increasingly are looking for a common digital experience between their smartphone and tablet, with a PC, and with their gaming platform, and so there’s clearly an opportunity across there. This is something that we’re looking at very closely.
Microsoft is introducing Windows 8 as well for PCs and tablets in the months ahead; same user experience, except taken to a larger screen size, one big family, and therefore many people around the world will gain experience with what we’re doing. So, it’s a very, very exciting time for us.
In August 2009, the company released the Nokia Booklet 3G netbook – described as a mini laptop – and announced a €575 price tag before taxes for the device, which made it one of the most expensive netbooks available at the time.
It used an Intel Atom Z530 processor and ran on Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system.
Industry followers praised the Nokia Booklet 3G for its integrated 3G modem, high-resolution screen, exceptional battery life and fan-free design, but pointed out that it costs more than most netbooks.
Elop now emphasizes that Nokia’s tighter partnership with Microsoft, as well as its dedication to make Windows Phone devices through its Lumia brand, could pull through this time around, as both companies are trying to regain their struggling market shares in the mobile industry.
For the better part of the last decade, Nokia was the top mobile phone vendor until Samsung grabbed its crown earlier this year, whereas Microsoft once topped the smartphone platform market – now dominated by Google’s Android OS – with its Windows Mobile operating system.
However, Elop stresses that Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 run on the same underlying software; thus, it will urge developers to write apps for both platforms.
Last week, a number of companies, which included HP, Samsung, and Toshiba, introduced their Windows 8 computers.
The rumor mill previously revolved on a Nokia Windows 8 tablet with a 10-inch display and dual-core processing.
Microsoft is set to release its own Windows 8 tablet, dubbed as Surface, during or immediately after its Windows 8 release on 26 October.