It’s not the first in the past couple of weeks when a trustworthy source is confirming the launch of a Nokia Lumia phablet. Aiming to steal some of Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s market share the Nokia phablet will reportedly debut sometime next month, according to sources close to the Finland-based phone maker quoted by Reuters.
It looks like Nokia wants to challenge Samsung on the phablet segment as well, after the popularity of the Lumia series have grown over the past quarters, especially in the Latin America region. According to the latest reports the Nokia Lumia phabet and a Windows RT-powered Nokia tablet will be officially unveiled next month during a press event held in New York.
It’s not sure yet whether we are talking about a Nokia World event or a simple launch event, but my guess is that we will be able to see the 6-inch Windows Phone 8-powered rival for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 everybody is talking about lately.
The source quoted by Reuters mentioned that the new Nokia products also include a phablet, while other tech blogs also talk about a Nokia tablet, probably that Snapdragon-powered model running Windows RT that made the web lately. Nokia shipped 7.4 million Lumia smartphone units in the second quarter of the year, a growth of 32% compared with Q1, but the sales increase is rather owed to the low-end models than the high-end ones.
The Nokia Lumia phablet will have to face the heavy competition of Sony Xperia Z Ultra, HTC One Max (rumored), and Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the later one purportedly sporting a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, quad-core Snapdragon 800/octo-core Exynos 5420 CPU, 3 GB of RAM, 13 megapixel camera, 16/32/64 GB of flash storage, microSD, LTE, NFC chip, and S-Pen stylus. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date has been set for September 4, during a Samsung Unpacked event held in Berlin.
Would you purchase a Windows Phone 8-powered Nokia phablet with 6-inch 1080p display?