No Nokia tablet for MWC 2013, says research firm

News Richard Goodwin 09:11, 18 Feb 2013

Nokia will not be launching a tablet device at Mobile World Congress 2013, according to Strategy Analytics

Rumours that Nokia will launch a tablet device at Mobile World Congress 2013 have been quashed by research firm Strategy Analytics. 

Strategy Analytics says it has just completed ‘extensive channel checks’ but has turned up no evidence that points to Nokia debuting a tablet device at MWC 2013 next week. Instead, Nokia will focus on its Lumia range at the show. 

While a Nokia tablet would certainly be an exiting development – both for Nokia and everybody in attendance at MWC 2013 – it would not be a wise move for Nokia, according to Strategy Analytics.

Nokia needs to ‘expand its Lumia smartphone range and solidify its leadership of the global WP8 market before committing itself to other form factors,’ said the research firm. 

Many expected a Nokia tablet at MWC 2013 after the company – apparently unintentionally – leaked an image of a Nokia brand tablet device at a company event. Nokia has since gone on record to say the device pictured in the image is not something it currently has in development. 

Here’s the official statement via MyNokiaBlog: 

‘That’s not a leak. That is a picture that simply shows WP UI alongside Win8 Tablet UI alongside Xbox UI. They are not Nokia specific products.’

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has also openly discussed the idea of a Nokia brand tablet as well as what what we could expect from such a device. On the subject of what type of OS the tablet would use, Elop said: ‘Our first focus on what we look at is clearly in the Microsoft side... But we have made no decision or announced nothing.’

He added: ‘It is important to note that the opportunity for companionship is something that any user is looking for. So, when you think about the Lumia 920, running on Windows phone, having a Windows tablet or PC or Xbox is something that will give us the opportunity to have a pretty integrated experience.’

Stephen Elop's predecessor also confirmed that Nokia would produce a range of tablet devices, indicating that Nokia’s tablet project is alive and kicking at least internally at the company. But that’s a given – just like there’s probably more than a few iTV sets knocking around inside Apple’s R&D labs. 

Our 2p? Nokia is likely waiting to see how Microsoft's merging of its Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Windows RT development platforms turns out. If it all goes to plan Windows Phone apps will work on Windows 8 devices and vice versa.  

Perhaps then we'll see Nokia venture into the tablet space?

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