Nokia Rumoured to Launch Smartphone/Tablet Hybrid Later This Year

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According to a report in the Financial Times, Nokia has some exciting new hardware planned for the coming year, including its first big-screen device to challenge the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The FT has gained its information from sources, “with knowledge of the company’s plans,” so none of this is official yet, but that doesn’t make it any less intriguing.

The hybrid hardware is described as Nokia’s “most innovative” new model, and while it will have similar dimensions to the Note 2, the spec is said to be more advanced. The big-screen Nokia may be joined by a Lumia Windows Phone which uses PureView camera technology, a rumour previously linked with a device known as the Nokia EOS. Like the original PureView 808 phone, the new Lumia may have a 40 megapixel camera. Additionally, the FT’s source mentions a new, lightweight version of the Lumia 920, another rumour we’ve heard before.

No firm launch plans are mentioned, although the PureView-equipped handset may be coming in July. As for the phablet, we don’t expect that to arrive until much later on this year, and it could be connected to the rumoured GDR3 Windows Phone update, where support for 1080p screen resolutions and quad-core processors could be added to the OS. If it’s to have Note 2 – or by that time, Note 3 – beating specs, it’ll need both these things on its feature list.

Remember, all this is only rumoured so far, and Nokia declined to give the FT a comment when asked. As several of the points have been heard before, none of it sounds so outlandish it couldn’t be a possibility though.

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