When you hear “Nokia,” you think cell phone, right? The word “laptop” probably isn’t the first (or second) thing that pops into your head. But, that just may change.
Although the company isn’t as strong as it once was in the US, it still remains a force to be reckoned with in the worldwide cell phone market. And now, Nokia, the top mobile phone maker in the world, is looking to expand their horizons. According to company CEO Ollo-Pekka Kallasvuo, the company is “looking very actively” at moving into the laptop industry.
More and more companies seem to want to cross the borders between PCs/laptops and the cell phone market. Apple certainly managed to do it successfully. Acer came out with eight phones recently, and Dell is supposedly launching a smartphone this year. Although not everyone managed to cross over quite as successfully. Let’s think back to Palm, who’s Foleo got axed before it finished production. Nokia, however, would be the first big new player in the laptop market anytime recently, not counting when we saw Samsung creep in last year. Kallasuvo states, “We don’t have to look even for five years from now to see that what we know as a cell phone and what we know as a PC are in many ways converging.”
There is absolutely no hint at this time from Nokia as to what they might be thinking about producing. Although some speculate that it would be running a Symbian operating system, since Symbian is already compatible with Office and other productivity applications, making it a viable notebook OS.
Ben Wood from CCS Insight remarked that “All leading mobile network operators and retailers are adding connected notebooks and netbooks to their portfolios alongside mobile phones. On this basis it comes as no surprise that Nokia is evaluating this segment.”
Now it will just be interesting to see how it all plays out. Keep it here for more info as we get it.