3/4/2009 12:54:00 PM
Nokia makes a u-turn in its decision to manufacture laptops
Nokia is ‘actively’ considering entering the laptop market to cash in on the resilience of the sector.
The manufacturer’s chief executive, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, outlined the plans in an interview with Finnish national broadcaster YLE last week (23 February).
Kallasvuo (pictured) said Nokia was ‘looking very actively’ at the idea of entering the laptop market.
He added: ‘We don’t have to look even five years from now to see that what we know as a [mobile phone] and what we know as a PC are converging.
‘Today, millions of people are having their first experience of internet on a phone. This is a good indication.’
In April 2008, Nokia’s global marketing vice president, Anssi Vanjoki, ruled out a move into laptops because there was ‘no money’ in making portable PCs.
Vanjoki told Mobile: ‘I have heard the rumours and I can categorically say Nokia is not entering the laptop market.’
In February, PC brand Acer launched eight mobile phones at Mobile World Congress, joining Hewlett Packard and Lenovo in the fast growing space. Its Tempo handsets will run on the Windows Mobile platform, and will offer super-fast web access, built-in GPS and five-megapixel cameras.
The global PC industry remained resilient in 2008 when other technology sectors were struggling, but reduced demand from consumers and corporate buyers during the economic slowdown has equalised the balance.
GfK predicts that laptop sales will reach between nine and 10 million in 2009.