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Nokia Wants a Slice of the Tablet Pie Too

Nokia Wants a Slice of the Tablet Pie Too

During the netbook boom, Nokia sat on the sidelines for most of the time and watched as everyone else raked in the profits, however slim those profit margins might have been. This time around, the Finnish corporation appears to paying closer attention to the market. As such, expect Nokia to introduce a tablet to compete against Apple's iPad, perhaps as early as this fall.

"Nokia hasn't fielded any breakaway products in years," says Ashok Kumar, an analyst with Rodman Renshaw. "This is a new window, and Nokia had better be at the starting gate if and when the product category takes off."

Nokia Booklet 3G shown, which was more than fashionably late to the netbook party.

Kumar may have been playing his comments a little conservative, in that it's hard to argue that the tablet market hasn't already lifted off the ground, and in a big way. On the day of its release, Apple said it sold 300,000 iPads (including pre-order sales), which represents a bigger launch than the iPhone.

Going forward, several companies have already announced plans to jump into the tablet market, most notably HP and its highly anticipated Windows 7-based Slate. Microsoft, Lenovo, Acer, Asus, and even MSI have shown interest, to name just a few.

According to Kumar, Nokia is currently working with suppliers and design manufacturers to make this happen. The goal, he says, is for Nokia to have a tablet ready in time for the back-to-school rush.
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Interesting that Nokia is even trying to drip their toes in the market pool right now, with tablets becoming more popular, and considering the small profit margin available for netbooks. 

I don't know how well the "back-to-school" rush will fair for them though, It will probably target college freshmen and sophomores the most, because upperclassmen usually have a portable PC by then. 

Looking at the picture, I see an HDMI port. I don't think I've ever seen that on a netbook before. Since all three conceptual designs look different I imagine they will have certain models for sale. 

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I think most companies were slow to the market because they were so unsure about the success of such a product. So they waited to see what the big influential market leaders did and see if it is something they should get into.


Just take the frozen yogurt example. I don't recall who was first, but look at Yogurt Land. Once they opened up a few stores and people saw how successful a frozen yogurt place could be, everyone wanted in on the profits. So now you see a lot of frozen yogurt places that were a bit late to the party. But it doesn't really matter too much because they are taking away some of the consumers. As long as they stay profitable, then all is fine.

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In general all the companies minus Apple and IBM/Lenovo are moving to slow on this I think. I love seeing all the new equipment, but think they should have something ready much closer to the iPad's release because it would have been free publicity largely for a like device.

I am also pretty sure this is where mobile computing is going to a large percentage. However; the iPad I find lacking personally. I like the flip screen idea on the IBM machines personally, although I am not quite sure I like the IBM specifically over anything else. For a true slate implementation the HP looks very nice to.

I think these should be a combination device of everything so a Slate should include likeliness performance wise to a UL notebook, a decent/good webcam/cam, sufficient memory/storage/and hookups (IE USB etc). I also think long battery life and a good (OLED or better) touch screen is a requirement.

Either way I think it will this component market should be full or at least well represented across the board by Christmas. I find that to be a bit late though as I mentioned. I think all the other HW OEM's should have had something available within 30 days before or after the iPad. With pre-advertisement to it's availability to capitalize on it's release, and recognition by the public.

The general public had no clue this device category really existed prior to that specific release although Slate/Tablet devices have existed for at least 10 years.

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I have had my tablet for over five years now, and I still love it.

Whenever I feel like sketching on the go I just take it with me.

I totally agree with Rapid1, these companies should have planed for a release of their Slates a Week after the IPad. Then they could have hit the ground running. If they gave everyone the things that Apple was lacking at a lower price. They would have hit gold. They probably would have even had people returning their IPads to get the Slate. Yeah, Like Apple would let you do that!

If HP rolls theirs out now they wouldn't even have to advertise. they could just put them in the stores and word of mouth would have taken over. They could have used their deal with CostCo, Wallmart and Best Buy. Then when people saw them they would be off the shelf in a flash.

Now what the Slate need to do is put two cameras on it. The one already there for 1080P video and one in front for video conferencing. Hook it up like a Droid phone with Blutooth with every carryer other than AT&T and tell me people wouldn't love it!

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