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Nokia Design Chief Spends Third Of His Time Developing New Tablet

by Killian Bell | March 15, 2012March 15, 2012 5:00 am PST

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We’re already confident that a Nokia tablet will be arriving in the not-so-distant future. After all, the Finnish company has dropped plenty of hints about it. But just in case you needed confirmation, its design chief, Marko Ahtisaari, told Finnish magazine Kauppalehti Optio that hei is “working on it.”

Kauppalehti Optio said that about a third of Ahtisarri’s time is spent on developing what is expected to be the company’s first Windows 8 tablet, which could be arriving later this year, according to recent reports.

But despite Ahtisarri’s confirmation, Nokia is remaining secretive about the device. It maintains that while it has acknowledged the opportunity within the tablet market, it has yet to make any “specific announcements.” What that means to you an I is, “we’re working on it, but we’re not going to tell you about it until it’s ready.”

This isn’t the first time a Nokia employee has teased a future tablet. Even the company’s CEO, Stephen Elop, acknowledged during an interview with Bloomberg that Nokia “sees the opportunity” to create a tablet. And a recent report from DigiTimes citing “upstream component suppliers” said that the alleged 10-inch device will feature a dual-core Qualcomm processor and is “likely” to launch later this year.

Following the success of its first Windows Phone devices, it’ll certainly be interesting to see Nokia’s approach to tablets. Are you excited?

[via Reuters]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...