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Nokia's design chief is focusing on a Windows 8 tablet

Engineer is spending a third of his time on the project
Thu Mar 15 2012, 12:41

RUMOURS that Nokia is in the late stages of developing a Windows 8 tablet are intensifying after the company's chief designer let slip that he is spending about a third of his time on the device.

Nokia's chief designer Marko Ahtisaari made the revealing comment in an interview with the Finnish magazine Kauppalehti Optio. He is quoted by Reuters as saying that a third of his work time is being spent on the design of a tablet that will be able to differentiate itself from the ever-growing pack of Android and Apple devices.

And it seems to all fit together. The details of Marko Ahtisaari's time commitments come after Paul Amsellem, head of Nokia in France confirmed plans for a tablet running on the next version of Microsoft's Windows operating system. At the end of last year he revealed that the Finnish company will roll out a Windows 8 tablet sometime around June 2012.

However, discussion is going on over whether Amsellem might have jumped the gun, as his boss, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has remained cagey on the tablet topic. He has in the past said that the device category is "interesting", but has so far remained tight lipped regarding any details.

Responding to our request for comment Nokia remained on message. "As we have said many times previously, we are investigating the tablet space. But we haven't made any specific product announcements," the company said. µ


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