Nokia announced this morning not one but two Windows Phones, the Lumia 820 and the Lumia 920. Both phones will run the forthcoming version of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s operating system for phones.
But it looks like Nokia will soon turn to releasing a device running Windows 8, Microsoft’s operating system for tablets and laptops.
“We have not announced any tablets, but I think the opportunity is very clear,” Nokia CEO Stephen Elop told ABC News. “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.”
Making a computer wouldn’t be something entirely new for Nokia. It released a netbook in 2009 called the Booklet 3G. But Elop stressed that the company’s partnership with Microsoft and its commitment to making Windows phones could make this an even better time to get into the computing game for the phone maker.
“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,” he said. “So, it’s a very, very exciting time for us.”
Additionally, because Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 are built on the same software, it will encourage developers to write apps for both platforms, Elop said.
Nokia has previously been rumored to release a Windows 8 tablet. The rumors pointed to its having a 10-inch screen and a dual-core processor. A number of company’s last week announced their Windows 8 computers, including HP, Samsung, and Toshiba.
Microsoft will release its own Windows 8 tablet called Surface when the software is available for release Oct. 26.