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Nokia Rumored to Tackle Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 Next Year



Nokia is rumored to be working on a Windows Phone 8 phablet of its own with a screen that is speculated to be about 6 inches. The dimensions of the device would make this uber-large smartphone competitive against the Android-based Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a phone that is widely believed to sport a similar screen size with a full 1080p HD resolution.

“Nokia is reportedly in discussion about making larger-size handsets that may be released in the next year, according to industry sources,” reports DigiTimes.

The phone is anticipated to launch in 2014.

4.5-inch Nokia Lumia 925 smartphone launching as a T-Mobile USA exclusive in the U.S.

4.5-inch Nokia Lumia 925 smartphone launching as a T-Mobile USA exclusive in the U.S.

DigiTimes has had a mixed track record with accurately predicting rumors in the past, though given the trend for devices with larger screens, Nokia may be missing out on an opportunity if it doesn’t enter the tablet market.

When the company launched the Lumia 800, the first Windows Phone device for the historically Symbian-based smartphone-maker, Nokia was conservative with its screen size. It quickly entered the 4.3-inch space with a U.S.-based Lumia 900 and the latest Lumia 920, Lumia 928, and Lumia 925 flagships all have 4.5-inch displays. Nokia says it uses an HD+ resolution on these devices given that there are slightly more pixels than a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio 720p display.

Part of the reason why we believe there may be credibility to DigiTimes‘ report is that the next major OS update to the Windows Phone platform is rumored to suggest higher resolution displays, like a 1080p full HD resolution screen. This would make a 6-inch Nokia Lumia phablet a good experience given the pixel density is dispersed over a large screen size.

And though it’s unclear what Nokia’s pricing plans are, Phone Arena is reporting that the device could be priced between $621 and $775. Historically, Nokia has been pricing its devices aggressively, and prices for Nokia phones usually drop rather quickly after launch. In the U.S., with carrier subsidies, new flagship Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices cost as little as $100 at launch with a two-year service agreement.

It’s rumored that Microsoft may update Windows Phone 8 later this year or early next year, so that event could be a venue to introduce new hardware. The latest rumors suggest that the Windows Blue update will debut first in the fall, followed by Windows Phone Blue early next year. Windows Blue will launch as Windows 8.1.

In addition to the flagship Lumia phablet, a Lumia 625 is also rumored. That phone will have a larger display than the Lumia 920, 925, and 928, with a 4.7-inch screen. As a mid-range phone, its resolution is capped at a paltry WVGA, the same resolution that the Lumia 800 debuted with.

Nokia is also rumored to be working on a tablet as well to round out its portfolio.



  1. bob

    05/22/2013 at 12:27 pm

    Think it should really be tackling the galaxy note 4 if its not due this year.

  2. Evgeny Nikitin

    05/22/2013 at 12:28 pm

    Remember, Nokia – no Wacom digitizer (with native support in the core of OS), no buy!!!

    • Bigmouth

      05/22/2013 at 12:57 pm

      Exactly what I was thinking. Moreover, the inclusion of such a digitizer might just convince me to give Windows Phone a try.

  3. maaen

    05/22/2013 at 9:59 pm

    Removable battery, sd card slot, stylus as good as SamsungWacom affair….in fact I would like Samsung to go for a Windows Phoblet..and bendy plastic magic and a long 7inch stylus sold as separate entity in the package…and the phoblet could be like a folding wallet…and then it would not be embarrasing to hold it to the ear..when making a call

    • hf

      06/08/2013 at 1:37 pm

      if the phone can fold into iphone5 size and can open up as big or bigger than a note1 or 2 or 3 i will be more than happy!

      • maaen

        06/08/2013 at 1:58 pm

        Everything depends upon a removable battery and a large internal memory and then they can design all kinds of magic to wow you and me …..but if they close the gadget down so I cannot do the essential battery removal then I really could not be bothered with their new baby…. SERIOUSLY… THOSE DESIGNERS an their BOSSES HAVE TO CARE FOR MY NEEDS FIRST BEFORE I BUY THEIR PRODUCT…SO …that means I very much doubt that Nokia is going to care about what I say….and that will be sad …but I think and HOPE that Samsung is going to wow me instead….and once Note 3 is out of the way …Samsung is going to do some amazing things….JUST WATCH ….

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