Nokia Tablet Confirmed by Design Head

Marko Ahtisaari

Confirming the rumour in the market that Nokia is preparing its own windows based tablet, design head Marko Ahtisaari confirmed that the Finnish firm has a tablet in the works.

Speaking to Finnish magazine Kauppalehti Optio, Ahtisaari answered a question about tablets saying,

 “We are working on it.”

The magazine claims that a third of Ahtisaari’s time is spent on developing the tablet, which is speculated to be a Windows 8 tablet for release at the end of 2012.

Nokia’s staying coy on the whole matter though, with the official line being, 

“We continue to eye the tablet space with interest but have made no specific announcements.”

No doubt Ahtisaari is in for a bit of a smack on the wrists, but a bit of healthy speculation about future Nokia products is no bad thing – the company could always use a bit of hype, especially when making a fairly late entrance to the tablet race currently dominated by the IpAD.

Nokia’s Chief Executive Stephen Elop has said the category is interesting for the Finnish company, but has stressed the need for a different approach to numerous rivals trying to battle against the dominance of Apple’s iPad.

Supply chain sources suggested that the Nokia Windows 8 tablet will come with a 10-inch screen, dual-core Qualcomm processor, but we’ll have to wait until the final quarter of 2012 to find out for sure.