Nokia: A tablet would be good for us
Nokia has told Pocket-lint that a tablet would be good for the company, highlighting the fact that it would sit nicely among its current product line-up. But the company's keen to emphasise that it has no plans to launch one just yet.
Speaking during a one-to-one briefing during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Niklas Savander, executive vice-president at Nokia, covering Brand, Marketing, Sales, Supply Chain, Customer Care and Information Technology, told us: "The tablet is an interesting market for someone like Nokia because it is not cannibalising handset sales, it is cannibalising PC sales."
However, he was keen to stress that if Nokia were to release a tablet device, it would need to be different from the rest. "If we are going to be in that market we need to have a [different] point of view, because being the 101st maker isn't really a commercial or consumer proposition," he said.
"It is a potential growth market for someone like Nokia, but there are no plans so far."
Savander's words echo those of Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, who told us something similar in January when we interviewed him at CES in Las Vegas.
Nokia has yet to put its stake in the ground when it comes to tablets, but with the launch of Windows 8 and its more Metro-style touchscreen focus later this year, that could all be about to change.
In 2009, Nokia dabbled in the netbook market with the Nokia Booklet, but the device was expensive and underpowered compared to the competition. Eventually, Nokia opted to abandon the range.