Adding to CEO Stephen Elop's previous hints, the head of Nokia France has issued a fresh statement suggesting a new Nokia-built Windows 8 tablet will be hitting stores June, 2012.
The fresh speculation regarding Nokia's -- currently unconfirmed -- Windows 8 tablet broke after the head of Nokia France, Paul Amsellem, commented to Les Echos newspaper, "In June 2012, we will have a tablet that runs on Windows 8."
Amsellem's comments add to a growing number of rumours regarding a Nokia made Windows 8 tablet. Earlier in 2011 CEO Stephen Elop dropped a slew of hints about a potential Windows 8 tablet during an interview with Bloomberg.
In the interview Elop described Windows 8 as a "supercharged" version of Windows Phone tailor made for use on tablets. "There's a new tablet opportunity coming," Elop commented on Windows 8's potential.
"We [Nokia] see the opportunity. Unquestionably, that will change the dynamics," elaborated Elop, when questioned about the Windows 8 tablet's potential to combat the Apple iPad's current hold on the market.
Despite the firm nature of Amsellem's comment, Nokia itself is yet to release any official information regarding its future tablet planes.
Earlier, when questioned about the Elop's comments Nokia representatives were quick to reiterate a definitely-maybe sentiment.
"We have not announced any specific plans as it relates to tablets. What we have said is that we recognize from an ecosystem perspective that there are benefits and synergies that exist between Windows, Windows Phone and other platforms, where people are looking for complete digital experiences across the smartphone to PC to tablet, the TV and the automotive industries," said a Nokia representative when asked about the company's tablet plans.
Later adding, "[t]here is a lot of opportunity out there. That's what makes this industry so exciting!"
At the time this article was written, Nokia had not responded to requests for comment on Amsellem's comments.