Nokia design chief confirms tablet development

Earlier this week we told you how Nokia, according to Digitimes at least, is readying a 10-inch tablet that will come rocking with Microsoft's new touch-friendly OS, Windows 8.

And now, speaking to Finnish magazine Kauppalehti Optio, Nokia design chief Marko Ahtisaari has admitted: "We are working on it."

According to a Reuters report, he also said he was spending a third of his time on creating a tablet for the Finnish phone giant.

At Mobile World Congress last this month Niklas Savander, an executive vice-president at Nokia, told Pocket-lint: "The tablet is an interesting market for someone like Nokia because it is not cannibalising handset sales, it is cannibalising PC sales."

He was keen to emphasise however 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

Rumours are that Nokia could be unleashing its Windows 8 tablet before the end of the year. So watch this space.