Nokia’s Galaxy Note 3 Competitor May Already Be in Production

Mere days after Nokia announced the Nokia Lumia 625, the company’s largest screen smartphone to date, pictures of what seems is a device with a very large display that could compete with the Galaxy Note 3, have appeared.

A picture of the device’s screen bezel were posted to Chinese social networking website Sina Weibo and uncovered by LiveSide. In the picture, a rather large piece glass is being held with a suction cup by what could be an assembly employee. As the bzezel does sport a Windows key on the bottom of its frame, it is a device running some form of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, however that button design is shared by both Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices, so we can’t be sure which one will be installed on the device.

The screen bezel of an unannounced Nokia device with a large screen.

The screen bezel of an unannounced Nokia device with a large screen.

The top of the bezel frames out what is likely a front-facing camera, speaker and ambient-light sensor for controlling the device’s screen.

If this device does make it to market, it would put Microsoft and Nokia head to head against the tablets of other companies. Rumors indicate that the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 will pack a display as large as 5.7 inches. Unfortunately, the leaked picture doesn’t offer anything from which to establish the scale of this device’s display. Still, judging by the suction cup and hand holding the bezel, it seems the display is rather large.

Rumors of a Nokia device with “phablet” screen dimensions – somewhere between having a screen that’s too large to be a smartphone but too small to be a full-sized tablet – had cooled in recent days.  If Nokia does release a device with this screen size, it would likely début sometime after the next update to Windows Phone 8 GDR3.

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So far, we haven’t seen much information on when that update will hit devices and users, however all reports have indicated that it’ll be this update that will enable high-definition displays. Windows Phone 8 GDR2 was just fully detailed earlier this month, pegging the Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update sometime later this year.

For its part, Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 3 sometime this fall. Reports have pegged that device as having a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera, 8 megapixel front-facing camera and quad-core processor. It’s likely that the Galaxy Note 3 will launch on AT&T.

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