Nokia reportedly planning 6-inch phone while phablet interest warms

Nokia reportedly planning 6-inch phone while phablet interest warms

Summary: One report points to a 6-inch Nokia-branded Windows Phone, likely to be launched ahead of the December holiday season. While phablets may be a "niche for now," they are expected to take off thanks to a push from Asian smartphone makers.

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Larger than a smartphone, smaller than a tablet. Phablets may be a niche-for-now product but are expected to take off in the coming quarters. (Image: CNET TV)

Long-time phone maker Nokia is reportedly looking into building a 6-inch phablet, in what appears to be efforts at pick at the niche market of those who can't seem to make their mind up whether they want a phone or a tablet.

Sources speaking to The Verge add additional weight to earlier reports by ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley (now with added codename goodness). Nokia's "Bandit" handset will reportedly come with a 1080p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor. It's understood to be one of the first of many devices that will introduce the high-resolution display.

Up until now, Nokia has avoided anything more than a 4.5-inch device, as seen with the Nokia 1020, the Finnish phone maker's current flagship device.

The question is: why is Nokia jumping ahead and going with a 6-inch device, when a 5-inch phablet may make more sense? 

The 5-inch-plus phablet market is burgeoning. Samsung and HTC have both jumped on the 5-inch and 6-inch phablet train. Like Apple did with the tablet market, the Japanese and Korean phone giants are actively carving out the phablet space for their own dominance. Phablets and tablets, typically devices with screen sizes of 8-inch of less, are expected to eclipse PC units by 2015, according to figures by IDC. This shows there is a growing blending of devices 5-inches and above. 

It's a wise move on the phone maker's part to jump in on the bandwagon while the market is still fresh. If such a move proves true, proactively jumping on the phablet trend before it reaches its peak could help stave off further ongoing financial difficulty.

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  • Getting close to what Surface RT should have been

    an unadulterated, uncompromising Metro device, rather than something that tried to be a PC and a tablet, and achieving only limited success at the latter and little all at the former.

    I think Nokia is going to end up being the salvation of Microsoft's desires for the re-imagined UI and experience.
    Mac_PC_FenceSitter
    • Re: Getting close to what Surface RT should have been

      Nokia won't be allowed to do this. There's a reason Microsoft carefully developed two separate mobile OSes: in the Microsoft vision, a handset is a handset, and a tablet is a tablet. As far as Microsoft is concerned, phablets don't exist.

      At least, not until Apple starts making one.
      ldo17
  • Dump creepy Google prodcuts...

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    OwlllllllNet
  • Great!!!

    I was waiting for a 5" Lumia smartphone and thought 6" was a little to big but, not really, it is actually a good idea!!!
    OpinadorObjetivo
  • Verizon

    If they give this phablet to AT&T as an exclusive, and we get the usual silence from Verizon, I am done with Verizon. Their customer support and phone options have been a joke the last few years.

    It will cost me a small fortune to move my whole family over to AT&T, but it would be worth it.
    CJRyan
  • Phablet & Windows Phone 8

    This is what I've been waiting for. I own a Surface Pro and a Nokia Lumia 920. Now I'll just need to pack one device for work and play.
    Foreseen
  • Giant cell phones

    I keep thinking about this funny British TV comedy where the guy talks in a loud voice on a unbelievably huge cell phone. The hidden camera shots of people in the vicinity are great!
    rfoto
  • Nokia 625

    "Up until now, Nokia has avoided anything more than a 4.5-inch device, as seen with the Nokia 1020, the Finnish phone maker's current flagship device."

    The 625 has a 4.7" screen. Please try to be up to date.
    calfee20
    • Keep dreaming

      Zack the Hack is a joke and a Nokia hater
      markbn