Nokia is working to develop its own tablet computer to compete with Apple’s iPad. Marko Ahtisaari, the Executive VP of Design at Nokia confirmed this in an interview with Kauppalehti Optio, the magazine run by Finnish Business Daily, Kauppalehti. He declined to give a specific timeframe for the tablets launch.
The Washington Post quotes other sources saying that the new tablet would be launched in the fourth quarter of this year.
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.
Ahtisaari talks in the Kauppalehti Optio article that he has a personal goal of getting people to lift their heads up from the devices. According to Arctic Startup, it seems that Nokia is developing its device based on voice recognition hence “the speech does have a role in all this.”
— It is a breakthrough, Arctic Startup quotes him saying.