Launch of Nokia phablet delayed
NOKIA has delayed the launch of a large-screen phablet device, originally planned for late this month, following a deal to sell its handset business and licence patents to Microsoft, a source said on Monday.
Nokia had planned to announce new devices, including a phablet - a smartphone with a screen larger than 5 inches - to revamp its line-up of Lumia smartphones which use Microsoft's Windows Phone software, according to sources familiar with the plan prior to the Microsoft deal.
One of the sources said the launch event, originally scheduled to take place in New York late this month, has been pushed back by several weeks.
Reuters could not confirm a new date, and a Nokia spokesman declined to comment.
Meanwhile, images of the Nokia Lumia 1520 and its specs have already been leaked online.
The new device is said to have a 6-inch full-HD display, 2GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 32GB of built-in storage and a MicroSD slot for further expansion, according to AFP Relaxnews.
The phone will also have the first major update to the Windows Phone operating system. It will also feature a new Driving mode for using a handset in the car.
Nokia and Microsoft are still operating as separate companies as the 5.44-billion-euro (S$9.2-billion) deal, which was announced on Sept 3, has not yet closed.
Chief executive Stephen Elop, who was hired from Microsoft in 2010 to turn the company around and is returning to his former company after the deal closes, has stepped aside to avoid potential conflicts of interest.
Under Mr Elop, Nokia struggled to close the gap with Samsung Electronics and Apple in smartphones, although it has stepped up its pace of product launches in the past year.
Market leader Samsung has led the way in phablets, proving wrong early critics who said they were too clunky. Apple has become the top seller of tablet devices.