Nokia Planning to Enter Laptop Market

February 27th, 2009 at 12:00 am

Nokia to Laptops

Nokia, currently the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, may be planning to enter into the laptop market. That is what the company’s CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, recently said in an interview on Finnish television. This would mean that another player may be entering into a seemingly attractive yet highly competitive market already occupied by Hewlett Packard, Dell, Apple and Acer as among the big players.

Mr. Kallasvuo said that, "We are looking very actively also at this opportunity", in reply to being asked whether the company might be having plans diversifying into manufacturing laptops.

"We don’t have to look even for five years from now to see that what we know as a mobile phone 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", the Nokia CEO further added.

With today’s mobile phone almost having PC-like capabilities, it would seem logical for Nokia to explore the laptop market since they may already have the technology and the knowhow in place. But the market niche they plan to focus in may be crucial. Would Nokia plan to manufacture high end laptops in the likes of the popular MacBooks or would they concentrate on producing increasingly popular (but less revenue making) Netbooks that Dell and Acer are currently into?

Or maybe, Nokia is looking to inject some of their own bit of innovation into the market. How about a laptop with built-in phone calling features? There’s an idea worth looking into. Imagine calling a friend’s mobile phone using a laptop- a possible merging of two popular gadgets into one, in reverse fashion. For some, this picture may look a bit awkward. But then again, some innovative ideas may initially look just like that.

A Nokia laptop, out in stores soon. The name seems to have a nice ring to it in a way. Do you think it should also have its own selection of built-in ring tones too? Oh, the possibilities.