Nokia has been hinting that it’s interested in developing a tablet for over a year now (the company even confirmed it at one point) and the company’s CEO just gave yet another reminder that such a move is on the company’s radar. Speaking with AFR recently, CEO Stephen Elop said that we will see “Nokia broaden out [its] portfolio” in the “months and years ahead.” Does that mean a tablet specifically?

Well, no, but this does:

“We haven’t announced tablets at this point, but it is something we are clearly looking at very closely,” he said. “We are studying very closely the market right now as Microsoft has introduced the Surface tablet, so we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and at what point in time.”

Elop’s comments suggest we won’t see a tablet from Nokia as early as this month’s Mobile World Congress show, but given its partnership with Microsoft, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a Windows RT or Windows 8-powered device later this year or in 2014. Nokia may be holding out until sales of the Surface RT spike a bit… if ever.

Source AFR