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Nokia responds to Windows 8 tablet rumors, says it has no announcements to make

Nokia on Wednesday commented on a report suggesting the Finnish vendor had plans to launch a Windows 8 tablet in June 2012. The company would not confirm or deny the report, which cited Nokia France boss Paul Amsellem has having revealed Nokia’s launch plans for the next-generation slate. “We haven’t announced any plans anywhere in the world at this point regarding a potential tablet strategy,” a Nokia spokesperson told BGR in an email. Read on for more.

Nokia took a similar stance on the rumor that a higher-end flagship Windows Phone might soon be unveiled. Amsellem is quoted as having said, “[The Lumia 800 is] just the equivalent of the BMW 5 Series. We will soon have a full range with a Series 7 and Series 3.” When asked about these comments, a Nokia spokesperson declined to elaborate.

“There is no doubt that in the long term we view our Windows Phone ‘Lumia’ devices as a portfolio play – today we have announced 2 devices in the portfolio – the Nokia Lumia 710 and the Nokia Lumia 800,” BGR was told. “However, the Nokia Lumia 800 represents the ‘flagship’ of our current portfolio – and we haven’t revealed what else may be in store in the future for the Lumia portfolio.”

Nokia is reportedly preparing to launch a high-end Lumia 900 smartphone early next year that will feature a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, a 1.4GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera and up to 32GB of internal storage.

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