With Nokia looked upon by many as one of the best-quality Windows Phone handset manufacturers out there, it should come as no surprise that people are hoping that they’ll enter the tablet business.
Though careful to not confirm any plans to produce a device at this time, they did tell Pocket-lint that “a tablet would be good for the company” during a one-on-one briefing at the Mobile World Congress with Niklas Savander, an executive vice-president at the company.
“The tablet is an interesting market for someone like Nokia because it is not cannibalising handset sales, it is cannibalising PC sales. If we are going to be in that market we need to have a [different] point of view, because being the 101st maker isn’t really a commercial or consumer proposition,” said Savandar. He is emphasizing the need to be unique and different from the others, so that Nokia can be a top tablet manufacturer. One can argue that the design and build quality alone would set the company apart from competitors.
He was quick to note that there are no solid product plans yet, though: “It is a potential growth market for someone like Nokia, but there are no plans so far.”
Perhaps, prior to investing in the development of a tablet, they wish to see how Windows 8 — and ARM tablets that will utilize the OS — will fare when it hits the shelves later this year.
With hardware quality being an important factor in purchasing a tablet for some, I think that there’s definitely a market out there for a beautiful, well-built Nokia tablet. Being spoiled by the hardware build quality of iOS devices myself, I hope that there will be comparable options when it comes time to purchase a WOA tablet.