CORP TALK: Looks like the heavily commoditized notebook market is becoming a hot consideration for the world’s largest cellphone maker. Of course, players like HP, Samsung and Sony have been in both businesses for years, so it’s no surprise that Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia might be considering a dig at it too.
“We don’t have to look even for five years from now to see that what we know as a cellphone and what we know as a PC are in many ways converging. Today we have hundreds of millions of people who are having their first Internet experience on the phone. This is a good indication,” said Chief Executive Officer for Nokia, Mr. Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo in an interview with Finnish TV station YLE.
While it is definitely sensible for a notebook manufacturer to venture into the smartphone business (which is of course, already happening), it is a different matter when it’s the other way around, considering that the notebook market is highly saturated and extremely competitive.
David (HWM SG): Nokia might be trying to do something laptop-related, but not as we know it. Think about the Mobile Internet Device for a minute.
Intel has been pushing the MID platform for the past two years now, and it stands to reason that Nokia might want to expand their internet tablet product line into something a little bit bigger in size. (more…)