Nokia design head confirms he is working on tablet

There's been rumors and talk for months now that Nokia has been working behind the scenes on a new tablet that would run Microsoft's Windows 8 OS. One rumor just a few days ago said the tablet would ship in the fourth quarter of 2012. Now Nokia's own design chief has confirmed at least part of those rumors.

Reuters reports that in an interview with Finnish magazine Kauppalehti Optio, Nokia design chief Marko Ahtisaari that he was "working on" some kind of tablet device. However, Ahtisaari stopped short of saying that the tablet would be running Windows 8.

The interview does quote Ahtisaari as saying that he is spending about a third of his time helping to create the tablet product which he said will stand out from all the other tablets that are currently competing with Apple's iPad line.

Even if Ahtisaari wouldn't confirm that the tablet was running Windows 8, it would be a big surprise if Nokia wasn't going to release a tablet product without a Microsoft operating system. Nokia has put nearly all of its smartphone eggs into the Windows Phone basket so it's unlikely that any tablet the company would make would be based on Android or any other OS.

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A Nokia tablet would be good to have specially if you like and want/have a Nokia Lumia. I fully expect them to write some nice apps that run/interact with both devices in some way to make it worth while.

Besides design wise, I think Nokia has shown with the lumia 800 and 900 that they can make a good looking tablet as well if they follow that same trend. Besides the Lumias have a great looking display, clearblack on a tablet with some high res would give apple a run for it's money I'd say.

I got really strange feeling that Microsoft wants to help Nokia to become another Apple. They got already the most interesting design (Lumia line) since introduction of first iPhone and now they will introduce tablet. Thats a good move. Fast, stable OS with great design. Let them stick with it and work on this couple years like Apple did and it will be good.

I have this exact feeling. If you look at what existed when Apple switched to Intel CPU's, the landscape was horrible. Apple's MacBook Pro was easily the nicest looking laptop out there, and that was based off of the PowerBook design, so already the design was years old and still the best looking one.

When Apple came out with the unibody, not much had changed. Samsung had a few nicer laptops, but they weren't available in the states, except as re-branded Dell's or Gateway's... if you looked for them.

Now, Dell and HP finally realized they needed to make a pretty looking machine, but Apple's already moved onto the post-PC form factor.

I have a very very very strong suspicion that Microsoft saw all of this happening, and approached Nokia and said "Let's make a deal". Give us fantastic hardware - the best you can design, something that makes an Apple fan go "I want Windows" and we'll make sure you don't go out of business.

Because that's what I see happening.

If this looks anything like the Lumia 800 they will have one of the best looking tablets on the market by far.

Nokia make phones. They haven't had huge market share in the smartphone market so why venture into tablets where there are many. They're only chance is if they have some sort of angle......

Androidslave said,
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Many companies dabble in other markets.
LG make washing machines, does that mean they should stay out of the smartphone market?

Androidslave said,
Nokia make phones. They haven't had huge market share in the smartphone market so why venture into tablets where there are many.

Because the tablet market is growing very fast and still has room for a couple more players. In 10 to 20 years, I doubt we'll be using any computer that is not a tablet in some form. Large tablets on stands with wireless keyboards for the desktop; smaller tablets of various sizes for carrying around. Who wouldn't want a piece of that exciting market?

That Nokia would make a WOA device, for instance, isn't a stretch at all. Plus MSFT wants a variety of devices near launch, so I could definitely see them giving Nokia incentive to produce galaxy tab-esque devices.

Androidslave said,
Nokia make phones. They haven't had huge market share in the smartphone market so why venture into tablets where there are many. They're only chance is if they have some sort of angle......

Because they make good hardware and there are pretty clear synergies? And it's a market that's growing? I fail to see any reason for them to not be a player in it...