Nokia has confirmed that it is working on a tablet computer of its own, marking the once dominant mobile phone company's first competition with the Apple iPad and myriad of Android tablets.

Nokia has confirmed that it is working on a tablet computer of its own, marking the once dominant mobile phone company's first competition with the Apple iPad and myriad of Android tablets.

 
The firm's head of design, Marko Ahtisaari, revealed to a Finnish magazine that he is spending a third of his time developing the new tablet computer, which has long been rumoured as a major project for the struggling company.
 
Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, said that the tablet category has always interested the company, but that if it was to enter that market it wanted to employ a different approach to the existing offers. This is important, as the tablet sector is already saturated with many rival products, most of which are very similar.
 
 
Nokia's PR team refused to confirm the announcement, but suggested that it was watching the tablet market “with interest.”
 
The rumours over Nokia's tablet suggest that it will employ Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system, marking a new stage in its partnership with the software giant. While Windows Phone 7 has failed to match the might of iOS or Android, many have high hopes for Windows 8, which will be employed on PCs, smartphones and tablets.
 
Nokia's tablet computer is expected to launch towards the end of the year.
 
Source: Reuters