Yes, Nokia Is Building a Tablet

Published on March 15, 2012
by John Paczkowski

It’s no great secret that Nokia has been eyeing the tablet market. Today brings confirmation that the company is actually developing hardware for it.

Asked by Finnish magazine Kauppalehti Optio if Nokia is building a tablet, Marko Ahtisaari — the company’s top designer — replied, “We’re working on it,” adding that he devotes about a third of his time to the effort.

Not a surprise, really. Launching a Windows 8 tablet is an obvious move for Nokia, one that its leadership has hinted at in the past. Indeed, CEO Stephen Elop made it clear last year that he feels Nokia’s hardware portfolio should extend beyond just handsets.

“One of the things that we are excited about in terms of support for the Windows Phone are the announcements made around Windows 8 for tablets and personal computers,” Elop said. “When you see the user experience from the Nokia Lumia environment appearing on hundreds of millions of tablets and PCs in the future, you can see that there is a clear synergy between all those environments. So that presents an interesting opportunity for Nokia.”

Particularly if Nokia brings to it the same design and engineering resources that it did to the Lumia 900.

(Image courtesy of Jonas Daehnert)

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