Could Phablets and Tablets Be Nokia's Magic Escape Rope?

By Sam Gibbs on at

Nokia's hurting, financially at least, with record losses being reported as its dumbphone sales decline. But its Lumia range is actually pretty good and although it's a struggle, Nokia is slowly gaining a little bit of traction, at least here in the UK. According to Nokia's outgoing chairman, Jorma Ollila, phablets and tablets will be Finns' next move to turn the business around.

Talking to the Financial Times, Ollila let slip that "tablets are an important one, so that is being looked into, and there will be different hybrids, different form factors [handset designs] in the future." Sure sounds like phablets are the devices of the day to me. Although we were sceptical that anyone would buy a half-way-house between a tablet and a phone, Samsung's proved us wrong with its Galaxy Note.

Maybe phablets are the answer for Nokia. Microsoft really wants Windows 8 tablets to thrive and a combo between Nokia full-sized tablets and Nokia phablets might be good. But what would a Nokia 5-inch-plus phablet run? Windows Phone or Windows RT, and would you even buy one if Nokia came through? Not sure I would. [Financial Times]