Head of Nokia France Paul Amsellem has confirmed to French financial newspaper Les Echos that the Finnish company is expecting to launch its first tablet PC next summer.

The Windows 8-powered machine has been hinted at throughout the year, with the first rumours popping up as far back as March, but this is the first confirmation that the (as-yet-unnamed) device actually exists.

The reason for picking Windows 8 as the tablet's operating system - over rivals such as Android - seems obvious in light of the newly formed smartphone ties between Nokia and Microsoft, especially given this new version of Windows takes its design cues from the tile-based Metro UI on Windows Phone.

No further details on the tech specs of the device are available, but we’ll be surprised if Nokia kept the same single-core configuration of the Lumia 800 for this forthcoming tablet.