Nokia preparing to launch a phablet of Galaxy Note proportions?

Nokia preparing to launch a phablet of Galaxy Note proportions?

Summary: Nokia may soon join the mobile industry's trend towards launching awkward mobile-tablet hybrids.


Nokia is reportedly planning to launch a phablet similar in size to Samsung's 5.5-inch Galaxy Note but with better specs.

Nokia's current flagship device is the Lumia 920, which has a 4.5 inch display. The Windows Phone handset could soon have a bigger brother, which the company is gearing up to release later this year, the Financial Times reports, citing sources familiar with the Finnish company's plans.

While the FT's sources say the device will have more "advanced specifications" than the Note, the paper doesn't provide further details on the hardware. 

The report claims the Nokia's new phablet will be part of its Windows Phone 8 Lumia family, which Nokia will be adding several high-end models too this year. Despite persistent rumours, the Lumia line is yet to be joined a tablet. Nokia has said it's keeping its options open on that front, however. 

A Nokia spokesperson declined to comment on any potential phablet when contacted by ZDNet.   

Nokia's claimed move towards a phablet follows Samsung's announcement last week of the LTE Galaxy Mega, which will be will be available in Europe and Russia from May, and pushes the boundaries of the emerging phablet category.

The smaller of the two will have a 5.8 inch display and have 8GB on board storage, while the larger phablet sidles up to tablet dimensions with a 6.3-inch HD display in 8GB or 16GB flavours. The displays are closer to Apple's 7.9-inch iPad mini than its 4-inch iPhone 5.    

Nokia is announcing its first quarter 2013 results today, which will reveal whether it has made progress on its better than expected results in the fourth quarter of 2012, when it sold 4.4 million Lumia smartphones.

Topics: Hardware, Nokia, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • Correction

    I think you will find that the Lumia 920 does have a 'Pureview' camera system with physical optical image stabilisation.
  • Windows Phone Doesn't Support Better-Than-720p Resolution

    This display will just have gigantic pixels, rather than more of them.
    • Of course it does. The shipping 920 is already more than 720

      It will probably retain the 332 ppi density.
      Johnny Vegas
      • No it doesn't.

        Don't you remember, HTC had to abandon plans to bring out a Windows Phone version of the One, because Windows couldn't handle 1080p?
        • The 920

          is already 768. Definitely higher than your fictional max of 720.
          Sam Wagner
    • Windows Phone 8 to support Full HD and quad-core chips
      • That support will be in time for the new Nokia devices later this year.

      • Re: Windows Phone 8 to support Full HD and quad-core chips

        Just in time for 1080p to become a me-too feature.

        Leading, rather than following, the market: Microsoft has heard of it!
        • But, my post proved that, you didn't know what you were talking about,

          where Nokia devices will be getting HD capabilities.

          When it comes to following, the other OSes are now behind Windows RT and Windows 8 and WP8, when it comes to powerful features and ease of use. If you want to call that "leading from behind" then you are again proving that you don't know what they heck you are talking about.

          Reality is that, HD is overkill for most mobile devices, and the competitors, including MS, are just putting those features out there just to not be considered falling behind. Even 1080p is unnecessary for most tasks on a computer. I do like my 1080p monitor for watching movies and youtube and other HD entertainment, but it's not necessary for viewing the interned and most other computing tasks.
    • My phone hase nearly the same resolution as my laptop/hybrid

      and the pixels don't look huge on my laptop. I really think that 1080 on a 5.5" or so device is really overkill unless you have the eyes of an eagle. Right now people are mostly putting in higher resolution screens so they can claim their product is the better product.
      Sam Wagner