Is this Nokia's first Windows Phone 8 Lumia phablet?

By James Geddes , Jun 18, 2013 11:24 AM EDT

There have been rumors that Nokia has been working on a Windows Phone 8 phablet and during a recent Nokia presentation, a mystery device popped up, a device that hasn't been announced yet. The smartphone appears to have a longer and wider screen and could possibly be Nokia's rumored 5-inch Lumia phablet.

Ever since Samsung launched and sold millions of its Galaxy Note-series phablets, the industry has seen more and more smartphone companies enter the phablet world. There have been rumors that Apple, BlackBerry and Nokia are each working on a phablet to offer consumers.

Consumers have a few choices when it comes to phablets, and till now, the available phablets run only on Android. There were recent reports that Apple was going to release two iPhones in 2014 that would be 4.7-inches and 5.7-inches, with only one falling into what many consider a phablet - 5-inch display and above. BlackBerry is alo believed to be working on its own phablet, a 5-inch device that is rumored to be called the A10 and looks like a larger BlackBerry Z10. Nokia is also expected to enter the phablet market soon, bringing the first Windows Phone 8-powered phablet to the industry, and the company might have just shown off the device during its recent presentation.

WP7forum posted an image from a recent Nokia Lumia 925 launch that shows a bunch of Lumia smartphones on the screen along with a smartphone that appears longer and wider than the flagship Lumia 925 and 920 smartphones next to it. The device looks very similar to the Verizon Nokia Lumia 928 complete with its red icons but with a smaller Windows button on what appears to be a larger display.

It would seem very out of character for a company as big as Nokia to flash an unannounced smartphone to the world during a presentation, especially a new device category. We'll have to wait and see if this image proves to be an upcoming Lumia phablet or not.

File this in the rumor category for now, especially since the device has those red icons that have been shown off in press images for the Verizon Lumia 928.

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