Nokia on Windows tablets: 'We are keeping our options open'

Summary:No Nokia tablet at Mobile World Congress, but the company is keeping its options open in terms of 'all the possibilities' says an exec.

Nokia may not have delivered a tablet at this year's Mobile World Congress but it is keeping its options open, Jo Harlow, executive vice president of smart devices at Nokia, told ZDNet.

While Harlow re-affirmed that Nokia's smartphone strategy is tied to Microsoft for the foreseeable future, she wouldn't be drawn on the detail of Nokia's tablet plans .

"What's the best possible experience you can give to consumers in terms of things you do on your smartphone? [Things] being available to you on your tablet and vice versa, that multi-screen experience would be the best thing we could do, but we are keeping our options open in terms of all the possibilities," Harlow told ZDNet on Monday.

She said: "Smartphones and tablets is a continuum of experiences. We're obviously watching what's happening with Windows 8, with RT, with Pro very closely. We've said before that it is our intention to have a tablet."

Nokia is one of the most notable big name handset manufacturers not to offer its own tablet thus far, but with a slew of phone-cum-tablet hybrids already arriving and more established brands on their second or third-generation of full-sized tablets, once officially announced the company will want to get it to market as soon as possible.

On Monday, Nokia announced a range of four low-end smartphones .

Topics: Nokia, Mobility, MWC, Smartphones, Tablets

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