Nokia's upcoming phablet: a round up

Nokia's upcoming phablet: a round up

Name the company: a previouspowerhouse ultimately reduced to almost complete ruin. Two names aresure to pop up: Nokia and BlackBerry (formerly known as RIM). Andwhile Waterloo-based BlackBerry may be facing some really tough,potentially fatal times, Nokia seems to be getting closer and closerto a renaissance. The Finnish manufacturer has been steadily gainingground, spearheadingthe Windows Phone effort, in a big part thanks to an increasinglycompelling portfolio of products, the shortcomings of theaforementioned OS notwithstanding.



If you're not a regular around here,a clarification may bein order: we've been getting wind of an upcoming Nokia phablet anda tablet for quite a while now.These are both expected to come by the end of theyear – a commendable increase in Nokia's pace. Both have seen arather modest amount of leaks and general intel, but it is Nokia'sphablet that we'll be spotlighting for you today.



Tostart off, it only makes sense that we lead with availability. As isthe nature with all things rumor, the information is, at best,unreliable. On the count of Nokia's phablet, it's that andconflicting. Namely, we've been hearing about various possible launchdates, ranging from mid to late September, allthe way to November. In fact, the only specific date that we knowof is an alleged Nokiaevent set to take place in New York on September 26th-27th 2013.Those keeping tabs on the manufacturer probably know that it hasreserved NYC for its major US launches, and a phablet will definitelyfit that bill. Of course, the event may very well see the unveiling ofthe rumored Nokia tablet instead, but we're fairly sure that it's oneor the other, due to a dropped remarkby Nokia CEO Elop during the Lumia 1020 launch event, hinting a“major launch” is imminent.



Arelease date in the fourth quarter is not completely random, though.For a successful foray into the phablet market, Nokia needs to comeout packing the big guns. Said otherwise, both a phabletand a tablet are,objectively, a no-go until at least WindowsPhone 8 GDR3 has been released to manufacturers sometime next month.Said update will allow for quad-core processor and 1080p displaysupport, both of which are hinted to come with Nokia's phablet. Whilewe've seen conflicting information on the exact diagonal, we'reinclined to think that the 5.5- to 6-inch ballpark is what we canexpect. Speaking of hardware, sourcesfor NokiaPowerUserclaim that the Finnish company may be testing a version of thephablet sporting the Lumia 1020's 41MP shooter.While a salty approach to this particular news (and as a whole,actually) is advised, we can't help but wish that this particulartidbit would materialize into reality.



Needlessto say, and to wrap this up, a device of this caliber is sure to makea splash, perhaps even prove a worthy competition to the upcomingGalaxy Note III. All signs thus far indicate that arenaissance of sorts may very well be taking place over at Nokia, andwe certainly are itching to get some more conclusive and specificevidence that we can share with you. In the meantime we'll make thebest of it by imagining what it could be; to that end we've curated a small gallery for you to join in on the fun.





source: Neowin,NokiaPowerUser

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64 Comments

1. Fernandezxc

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

those live tiles would really look awesome on the 5.5"

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

They would look even more awesome without a carrier exclusive in the U.S. Thumbup if you agree that carrier exclusive marketing is a BAD idea.

23. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

how am I the first to thumb this up in 21 minutes? I'm not even IN the U.S!

37. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Seriously. +1. Having a unified brand image and phone across all carriers is much better than having a broken image (read: not unified, people not having a image pop inside of there head when they think of the word "Lumia") and have a single phone across all carriers (or, better yet, have multiple phones across all carriers. I.E, have the 920, 928, 925, AND 1020 available on all of them so that people can chose the one that fits best for them). They could even save money by making the T-Mobile and AT&T model's have the same bands (thus having to make less carrier specific models) and have that also be the Global unlocked model. They could also do the same for the CDMA versions (have Sprint, Verizon, and any other CDMA network's bands in it) and sell that at those locations.

49. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

I'll agree that added exposure, via non-carrier exclusives, is probably a better option to promote Nokia's newest products. Also, a 5' 1080P S800 modified version of the 41MP L1020 will rock the party, and turn the fast & lean WP8 OS into a capable gaming platform as well. Throw a 6' phablet into the mix, and then you'll have a very powerful and highly secure option for people wanting something different than stale and inflexible iOS, or the leaky boat known as Android which spills your financial data and other personal information all over the net... NOKIA is BACK :o`

31. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

TBH, I don't understand why the picture is shown with so many small live tiles (has the point of live tiles is to have, well, live notifications). Welp, Hopefully this won't be AT&T exclusive (I won't hold my breath, though) and will be available to everyone.

60. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

The picture came out months ago and I believe it's a Photoshop. The GDR3 update will have support for more rows though, and 1080p across the board.

36. kalandershihab

Posts: 57; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Would suck to have a such a large screen with 720P resolution in 2013.

38. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

From what I understand (from what the News outlets have let on), Windows Phone devices bigger than 5" will be allowed to have 1080p screens. Kinda sucks there limiting it to above 5", but, at least it will have them (I'd love to see a 4.5~4.7 1080p Windows Phone device).

43. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

would be great if nokia phablet have Windows 8..........will be killer for damn sure. rumor is coming with that MS is working with nokia really closely to give unique and different WP experience on Nokia Phablet, so my suspicion goes on Windows 8.

2. mariosuneo4

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

majority of people prefer Android phablet so nokia this wont sell as good as android's phablet....l

6. HASHTAG unregistered

-_- I don't even know what to say.

9. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

No Android is not good, still laggy and buggy!

11. mariosuneo4

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

u r so 2009 its 2013 wake up buddy...

22. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

wake up? You need to come out of your cave! Android is still behind with many things, and again slow and laggy!

30. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

And all other OS is still behind android. none of them are perfect, ios and wp are may be lag free does that make them perfect? I say no! They are still way behind in alot of things. And of course android need little higher specs to,run,smooth. It has alot of things to run at same time. High end android is as smooth as iPhone and Lumias . I know now someone will say "s4 lags" but its not android's fault its Samsung's fault . Their touch wiz contain,lots of graphics and,it is kinda buggy. Windows phone 8 does look modern but there,isn't much 3d graphics to pull off just simple text and pictures etc(just like vanilla android) but still its minimum requirement is a dual core processor calling android laggy is the same as saying wp doesn't have any apps and games every os have its pros and cons. accept it. And currently android is the best platform on smartphone.its a fact. and android is not as laggy as you mentioned.

62. tucutucu

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 03, 2013

Why every Android user thinks people need to root the device to get the ultimate experience. It's a fact that Android is laggy, Touchwiz, Sense 5 and every sh¡tty UI is part of Android, and not everyone is a geek or nerd to root a phone, the major part of ppl keep the phone as it comes at their hands, and the experience is a DISASTER. I prefer tiles really smooth on my smartphone wihout lag instead of million of widgets with crappy performance. I want to buy a phone and use it...if Android is under 1000 OEM's UI, it's a fact that Android still sux at UX.

28. Seo_Joo_Hyun

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

NO BOO , /watch?v=JeKoJfuiy_Y /watch?v=zPAVcKaDy08 /watch?v=8DdWlDOdT8o ON Youtube you have to turn some features off to stop the lagg

32. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

It is comments like yours that make me miss the thumbs down.

14. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

That's a weak comment. this whole laggy thing is getting too old and boring.

25. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

may be booring and old thing but still not fixed

33. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

But still its(android) too good to resist android offer alot more than others, can't simply switch bcuz of lag (real or illusion). high end phones like htc one wont lag, absolutely on par with high end wp and iPhones

53. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

nah mid range lumias u must say :P except for GPU rendering :\

63. tucutucu

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 03, 2013

I'll give you $1000 if you find prooves of lag in Lumia 520 (it's a $150 phone). I'm sure you will find many other issues in low-end Android devices than WP8. So, the true is that Android is for high-end users, or dummys with money...I can't understand ur statement: "high end phones like htc one wont lag, absolutely on par with high end wp and iPhones"...I can't get that. The only conclusion from droidcomments is: If you want to enjoy an Android experience, buy an HTC One or Galaxy S4 -no other phone is acceptable-, then root the phone, lose your warranty and install a new ROM from some strange nerd/hacker/lammer in the web that you don't know. Test a Lumia, then comeback...

34. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

But still its(android) too good to resist android offer alot more than others, can't simply switch bcuz of lag (real or illusion). high end phones like htc one wont lag, absolutely on par with high end wp and iPhones

35. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

what if i told you nexus 4 still stutters.? and you forgot symbian OS is where all android features (except new ones ofc) originated. and that was from 3 yrs ago.

39. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

What if i say iPhone, Lumia 920,925 etc stutters no OS is lag free . They all lag in some occasions.

40. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Ohh i didn't forget Symbian. How could,i used to like it very much but nokia officially discontinued it so what the point in bringing it here?? i miss Symbian....

57. Jehovah

Posts: 69; Member since: Jun 25, 2013

I miss it too...

44. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Android is highly insecure, and will never be suitable for use in a corporate environment.WP8 will soon receive VPN, and other subtle refinements that will make it a natural choice for companies that require both performance and security...

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