Nokia Has a Windows 8 Tablet in the Works for 2012

By Gary Cutlack on at

The general manager of the French division of Nokia has just let slip one enormous great secret, revealing plans for a Nokia made Windows 8 tablet. And it'll be launching next summer.

Speaking in an interview with newspaper Les Echos, Paul Amsellem said: "In June 2012, we will have a tablet that runs on Windows 8."

Which is pretty solid. He didn't say they were mocking up tablets or kicking a few bulky prototypes around a meeting room desk. That sounds like it's set in stone, which gives us a possible Windows 8 launch date and some new Nokia hardware news in one amazingly revealing sentence. Thanks, Paul. You can come here more often.

Amsellem also confirmed that Nokia has another high-spec Windows Phone handset ready to reveal. Using a weird car analogy, Amsellem said the Lumia 800 was a BMW Series 5, and that the company has more powerful, aspirational Series 7 equivalent phone nearly ready, plus a low-end "Series 3" option, which will be the Lumia 710.

The high-end model is, presumably, the previously rumoured 4.3" Nokia Ace. [Win Rumours]