Nokia delays rumoured 'Bandit' phablet launch event

Nokia delays rumoured 'Bandit' phablet launch event

Summary: Nokia has reportedly postponed an event thought to be the release of either a tablet or its six-inch phablet.


Nokia fans hoping to see a six-inch smartphone from the company may have to wait a few more weeks.

A Nokia event set to be hosted in New York later this month has been postponed for a few weeks, according to a Reuters report citing sources familiar with its plans. Reuters said that Nokia was set to launch its long-rumoured six-inch display phablet, codenamed Bandit, at the event.

ZDNet has sought confirmation from Nokia that the September event has been delayed and will update the story if it receives one.

The September event would have been Nokia's first major product launch since Microsoft announced its plans to acquire Nokia's devices and services business, which could help the companies avoid duplication of marketing around Windows Phone.

Also, Nokia's phablet was just one of two new products thought to be candidates for the event — the other being Nokia's 'Sirius' 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet, which could have clashed with Microsoft's own plans for its next-generation Surface tablets.

News of Nokia postponing its 26 September event follows Microsoft sending out press invites last week for the launch of its second generation Surface Pro tablets at a New York event set for 23 September. Nokia, on the other hand, has not sent out press invites for its event.

ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reported in August that a November launch for the phablet would make more sense if it's meant to be running Windows Phone 8 GDR3, which is still in testing.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to unveil an Intel Haswell-based Surface 2 Pro and a Tegra-based Surface 2, meant to replace the original Surface RT.

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Topics: Mobility, Microsoft, Nokia, Smartphones, Microsoft Surface

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  • Their has got to be a better term...

    Phablet is the worst term for a totally cool piece of tech ever. I mean, come on can't we do better than that? A 6 inch phone is really big for a phone, but not quite a tablet but Phablet just doesn't do it for me, and most if you ever ask the question. So, let's just stop using the term. Call it a 6 inch phone, or a small tablet with built in cell but stop the Phablet nonsense please.
    • Micro Tablet or Maxi Phone

      Micro Tablet or (uTablet)
      Maxi Phone or (mPhone)
      • MaxaPhone

        Play a few bars on the MaxaPhone
    • How about

      Early 90s (size) meets modern tech... Throwback phone.
  • which phablet is the best?

    I love my note 2. I am considering buying note 3. but there's a lot to choose from. Xperia Z1 seems great, and so is the upcoming HTC One max.