Nokia is reportedly working on a new tablet device, which could come out as early as this fall. It totally makes sense due to a growth of new interest in the tablet market, thanks to the success of recent devices like the iPhone and Kindle.
According to analyst Ashok Kumar, Nokia is talking to suppliers and manufacturers to create a new touch-screen device. Kumar, who works closely with Nokia's partners, confided the info to TheStreet.com.
"Nokia hasn't fielded any breakaway products in years. This is a new window, and Nokia had better be at the starting gate if and when the product category takes off," he said.
The tablet will run on Nokia's new operating system, Meego, and it leads to the question of whether or not Nokia may have had non-mobile-phone devices on its mind when it developed Meego.
The company has introduced tablet devices before, but none of them has had commercial success and it has been years since Nokia ventured into that territory. Of course, as Apple does with every piece of emerging technology, the iPad has made the mass consumer market aware of tablet PC devices, an industry segment previously relegated to the tech junkies.
So far, there's no official word from Nokia when it comes to using Meego for something other than a typical smartphone, but it would make sense to at least try to jump into the newly-invigorated tablet market.
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