The tablet will be available in June 2012.



NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Nokia(:NOK) plans to release a tablet running Microsoft's(:MSFT) Windows Phone 8 by next year, a French newspaper reported during an interview with a Nokia executive.

"In June 2012, we will have a tablet running Windows 8," Nokia France head Paul Amsellem told Les Echos. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop

Nokia is trying to get into the tablet space to compete against Apple's(:AAPL) iPad and Google's(:GOOG) Android-based devices.

The Finnish handset maker is also looking to add more Windows Phones to its handset lineup, which currently includes the Lumia 710 and 800, Amsellem said. These phones are hitting European and Asian markets now and are expected to arrive in the U.S. sometime next year.

While Microsoft's Windows Phone platform has struggled to grab market share from Android and iOS, that could soon change. The operating system is forecast to capture about 20% of the smartphone market by 2015, according to research firm Gartner, making it the second most popular platform behind Android.

Shares of Nokia climbed 0.9% to $6.64 in afternoon trading on Wednesday.

--Written by Olivia Oran in New York.



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