Nokia World: what to expect from Nokia's biggest event

Nokia World is coming up in just three weeks and expectations are sky high as all rumors agree that Nokia is preparing to unveil an onslaught of devices. We expect to see Nokia lift the cover off six new devices on October 22nd in Abu Dhabi - a large screen phablet, a budget smartphone for the market, a tablet, and three new feature phones.

Nokia Lumia: new flagship, affordable phone and a tablet

The device all eyes are on is the mysterious Nokia Lumia 1520. It’s expected to become Nokia’s first large-screen phone fitting the niche Samsung opened with the Galaxy Note. Moreover, it will feature a PureView 20-megapixel camera with huge aspirations. Interestingly, the Lumia 1520 is expected to come to both AT&T and Verizon, America’s two largest carriers.

We’re hearing early rumors that the device will arrive in two very different models. The AT&T model is expected to feature a humongous 6-inch display, while the Verizon model will sport a more reasonable 5” screen, both with a 1080p resolution. The Verizon variation will also get a completely different name - the Nokia Lumia 929, but is expected to be the same device under the hood. Early whispers point out the device will pack top-shelf hardware as Snapdragon 800 with Adreno 330 graphics are in the cards.

The Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet has also just surfaced in graphics benchmarks, and it appears to be a good device that will not shoot for the stars. The screen resolution is likely to be around 1366 x 768 pixels, just like the one on the first generation Surface tablets, and less than we’re used to seeing in today’s high-end models. Still, under the hood, chances are we’ll see Snapdragon 800 with Adreno 330 graphics that will just fly at that relatively low resolution.

The third surprise from Nokia should come in the form of the Lumia 525. The Nokia Lumia 520 became the most popular Windows Phone handset ever and the Lumia 525 is expected to become its successor. We know nothing more than that, but we assume that we’ll see something similar to the 4” 480 x 800 pixel display on the Lumia 520 (hopefully a brighter display on it). Some sources also say the Lumia 525 will be a device focused on music and might ship with a more advanced than usual headset. This will probably not be a set of earplugs, but instead over-the-head headset.

Three new Ashas and accessories

The other three devices are all from the Asha series, hence feature phones. The trio is said to go by the names Nokia Asha 503, 502 and 500. The devices are expected to come in a bold new design with translucent dual-shot color panels. As with all feature phones, we’re talking about extremely basic phones with run-of-the-mill hardware (they’re all missing a flash light as per leaks). Nokia has instead included some cool software like Whatsapp that by all looks will come pre-loaded on these Asha handsets. They will also likely come with dual SIM card support. The release date for the Asha 503, 502 and 500 are unknown, but we’d place our bets on them arriving sooner as Nokia will probably rush to have some of the models available for the Holiday shopping season. The Ashas are extremely affordable devices, probably carrying prices of around $100 or less.

This is not all. Nokia will probably silently release new accessories as well around then. We have already seen at least one alien-looking colorful accessory that we don’t really know what to make of, but it surely looks alluring. Nokia has been designing some top notch accessories lately, but they are not very likely to get a prominent place during the keynote.

Nokia's last big event as an independent phone maker

With six new devices in tow, Nokia will likely have a very news-packed and intense event in just three weeks. Nokia World 2013 will also probably be the last event for Nokia as an independent phone maker as the Microsoft acquisition is expected to happen sometime in 2014. We expect to see Stephen Elop conduct another flawless presentation as he’s done in the past with the help of Nokia’s feature phone head Jo Harlow, and the focus should be on the Lumias. Remember that all this info comes from leaks and rumors, and nothing is set in stone just yet, so take it with the usual grain of salt. 

With that in mind, which device are you most excited about?



1. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I wish that the Lumia 1020 had these specs and an Android OS, and it will become God of smartphones.

3. Dastrix unregistered

Wow really? I can't believe you guys are still whining about that! If you really cared about Nokia, then make the #switch to WP. I know it sounds ad-sy, but still... M$ bought Nokia, that's that. Just switch to WP already...

4. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

No. WP is still in too early to be consider as real iOS and Android contender. There will be a time that it will reach that status(maybe in 3 years) but in this generation, it is not yet there yet.

8. Dastrix unregistered

Strictly speaking about apps, then yes. Apps are all that WP need. Otherwise, WP is on par with iOS and Android in all other respects. I won't start comparison thread here, but I know a lot of people who switched to WP because at the end of the day... who needs more apps than they can count when they already got all bases covered. And, I, for one, switched to WP, ain't regretting it, loving my Lumia 920.

10. wgaurav

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 17, 2010

I had used 900 and it did not have a good notification center, does the new OS has one? And also app for google music?

15. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Oh really? WP lacks soo many features in comparison to android or IOS. Does WP have screen orientation lock, or can you change appearance of your OS, no, you can´t even change appearance of your icons, you are basically stuck with metro. And here is the beauty of Android, every phone can look differently, you can customize it to a deep level such as changing color of statusbar or make it look like WP or whatever you want, meanwhile in WP you are stuck with metro, I for one would get bored with it in a few months, but that is just me. But basically there is almost no freedom in that OS, almost like IOS but you can jailbrake it and so it becames awesome. Okay sure maybe you guys don´t care for customizability like me but you have to admit that WP is lacking extremely lots of features like for example : having full screen in the internet browser, or playing flac or mkv (that is unacceptable), gestures, setting brightness from statusbar, customize the sound when you turn off the phone, manage the screen (colours and the like) and so on. From those who created Windows to create this is just a pain to see. Windows is just great and so full of customizability and than comes WP which feels like prison.

21. Dastrix unregistered

Pfffttt... we've all heard that one before. That's all you got? Android, 'customizability,' blah blah blah. Dude, you speak as if we have no idea Android is. LOL in fact, pretty much everything you've said applies to iOS as well. According to your logic, WP > iOS and I agree with you. But you're just being paranoid... If Android has so many advantages over WP why do you think it's picking up traction and people are adopting the OS? Because it's different. That's something you can't say when speaking of Android. Just like a Toyota stays a Toyota. Nobody cares how versatile and flexible it is. It all comes down to differentiation. An Android stays an Android. A Toyota stays a Toyota. I guess your argument is better suited towards Apple fanboys. They, at least, won't have grounds for argument. Besides, if you read my previous post, I clearly said I didn't want to start a comparison thread here, so you're pretty much adding to the popularity of this article whether you like it or not because you really went off topic.

22. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

No, I understand why you might like it. I myself do not see any point in WP (except MS wanting more money :)) but you can go enjoy your WP, I have nothing against WP or IOS as long as someone starts telling me that it is better. I mean on the paper android is much better, but I understand why you might want have something different, something that stands out. By the way you could just buy an android device and install WP launcher :). And it was you who began to write off topic with this statement ''Otherwise, WP is on par with iOS and Android in all other respects'', I was just adding to that. But you must admit that the image of lumia 1520 is really ugly, the tiles look so very disorganized and those capacitive buttons are so close to each other that it is ugly. I hope that it is just a fake.

24. Dastrix unregistered

I never said it was better in the first place; I simply agreed to your statement about it being better than iOS. On par is a good way to describe WP's current position as a contender to iOS and Android, as I so clearly addressed the aforementioned uneducated statement. And your opinion about the Lumia 1520 is... *yawn* an opinion, and yes, the capacitive do look a little awkward. :)

25. Dastrix unregistered

LOL, I was being really sarcastic in my previous comment, but you're right about the Lumia 1520 xD

59. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Get a notification centre first then we can talk about WP being a "contender" lmao. No back button on browser/ lack of flash/ lack of a proper instagram app and functioning YouTube app are some of the other issues. Not to mention the boring metro UI. Also, where's swype? What are we in 2010?

27. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Why are you so stuck on the fact that changing background colors, and images, is what makes a smartphone great.. You are extremely petty, and immature.. That's your only complaint❔ How old are you like 13❔... If you ever used WP you would see that it is actually the MOST customizable start screen their is.. Look up some screen shots online.. No two look the same.. While you're worrying about changing images in the background WP users are putting images, and useful information in the FOREGROUND❕ Move on ❗

53. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

just saying you're biased towards WP if you wanna make an argument don't be biased 1. behind dem sexy life tiles WP isn't much. i don't care how much you argue Microsoft did a pretty good job hiding the OS behind these tiles 2. you buy the phone use the tiles and then what "nothing" hopefully they will change that in the near future with 8.1 and other that may follow 3. take nokia out of the picture and tell me what features WP has over any other OS 4. you called someone immature due to them preferring something else are you 13 ;)

34. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Yall whine about, the dumbest shyt.. just make the #switch and get it over with already :-)

16. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

agreed...I have a WP and the apps are small but specs are good for what you need it to do. Fast, not much lag on the device, and apps are slowly growing due to people actually see it is a great device and OS

31. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

The app argument is essentially dead. Why? Because there are so many apps that are just copies or clones of other apps, or just mobile-friendly versions of websites, rather than using the browser, which requires exiting one app, switching to another, and waiting for the new app to boot. Yes, there are some advantages to some apps (e.g. using the phone's camera to take a picture of a check to deposit into a banking account, for instance), but websites are becoming more and more smartphone-friendly, and using Internet Explorer on a Windows Phone is very similar to using it on a touchscreen computer, so less of a need for so many website-specific apps. I shouldn't need an app to check the local news, I can just go to the news page's website, while browsing other sites or being able to multitask to a game or something. The most popular apps all get to the main three mobile OSes, usually around the same time, and the ones that don't usually are just fad apps that not many folks actually use (I know it's popular, but I don't know anyone personally who used Instagram for more than a day, for instance).

11. No_Nonsense unregistered

Er, my thing with WP is that the focus is too US centric IMO. And PA, why would Nokia announce a Verizon exclusive phone in a global event?

32. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

...too US-centric? You saw the article about how WP is the 2nd-most popular smartphone OS in a few countries outside of the US a few days ago, and rapidly growing, I'm guessing.

26. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Why would you think that❔ Have you used WP for more than 5min❔... Don't listen to the immature crap people say on PA... You should be smarter than that..

19. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

true just like my profile picture. Lol

23. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Now that Microsoft bough them the only hope is Newkia.

36. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Who knows future, Nokia can bring android in future.

56. rmadhu4bibo

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Another leaked beautiful cyan Lumia1520 see here​pg

2. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I Don't want to see ELOp at this event. ELOP=a**hole of the era..

5. Dastrix unregistered

Dude, lol still hating on Elop? M$ bought Nokia; it was expected all along. Although Elop might have looked bad, he successfully navigated the ship to safety. Think about it. Elop's move WAS the best decision for Nokia. If Nokia went the Android way (as late as it was in the game), do you really think someone would have saved it? It would have been in the same boat as HTC and all the other OEMs that face tough competition from Samsung on ITS home turf i.e. Android because sadly, Samsung = Android. You see, now HTC is losing big time, it's really sad but true. I hope M$ buys HTC as well because HTC is a great company; I don't want to see it go the BB way. People say RIP Nokia, but can they say RIP M$? No, so Nokia is here to stay. Elop IS the reason Nokia survives today. With M$, Nokia will survive, instead of just dying like BB.

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I think most people wanting a Nokia on android is (and I agree with them on this) that their reputation for building strong devices would have made them a serious contender for the #1 android oem. I know I would've given them my business. But to say that if you really want a Nokia so bad you should switch to windows is not being realistic. I used to be very pro windows, but after the direction they're taking with windows 8 & windows phone, now not so much. While I agree that having a unified system makes sense, their execution in my opinion is poor. I don't want my desktop dumbed down so it'll work like my phone or tablet. Otherwise, why wouldn't I just get a tablet and call it a day. Between the Metro interface and the desktop on windows 8, the same programs work differently. The desktop can stream video from anywhere but can't output it over the hdmi port. The Metro interface can output over the hdmi, but can't stream video from a lot of sites. My Vista machine can stream and output any video. So while it'd be nice to have a better built device, it's the experience you're going to be dealing with the most, and for some like me it's not what we need. What I don't understand is why they couldn't have done both. Samsung, HTC, & (for tablets) Asus do it. Nokia was even testing android on their hardware, so they were considering it. I honestly believe that if they had done both (or even just android) that they would be the top android oem, and that's a lot of revenue to throw away.

28. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Who cares about that now.. Move on❕❕

37. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I was replying to Dastrix's comment that if people really want a Nokia phone, they should "just switch", and why that doesn't work for some people. Every persons tastes are different from the next. Each OS works for certain people. The OSs that don't go away. I am not saying that everyone should switch to android, far from it. But he seemed to think that switching to WP would solve their problems. While it would solve the hardware issue, the OS may not be to their liking. It's not a knock on WP to say that it isn't for everyone, it's a fact of life that we all have different needs and tastes. What I wonder is why you are so quick to shove everyone else's opinions under the rug, but yet you expect others to listen to yours. It works both ways, you have to be willing to listen and consider other's opinions if you want the same in return.

45. Dastrix unregistered

I completely agree with everything you said mate. I also don't understand why Nokia didn't go with the dual OS strategy. At least, they could've tried. Maybe it was part of the M$ deal that Nokia adopt only WP, who knows, but I also think it would've worked for them. I really hope to see dual booting on phones soon! That would be amazing!

47. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

As I recall, that was one of the provisions of the deal between the two when MS started giving them money, that they be exclusive with WP. I have to wonder with them testing out android on their devices recently if the agreement wasn't reaching the end of the contract. Probably never know.

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