A leaked Nokia roadmap reveals two upcoming devices: Windows 8 tablet to be released in September and a phablet set for November.
Nokia can be credited with helping Microsoft's Windows Phone smartphone platform remain the third-most used behind Android and iOS. The company has been releasing new Lumia smartphones on a regular basis, most recently with its 41-megapixel Lumia 1020, which is exclusively offered by AT&T. The company shows no signs of slowing down.
According to a new report, a roadmap of Nokia's upcoming devices has been leaked.The company is expected to announce a new tablet and phablet in late September and early November. The source tells the site that the tablet will likely run the full version of Windows 8.1 instead of Windows RT as it had planned. The tablet was expected to be released in August but got postponed partly because Nokia is "not confident in Windows RT" and so it could be released with the launch of Windows 8.1.
The upcoming slate is expected to be an exclusive for AT&T, just like the Lumia 1020, and will be officially announced in late September. The late September launch lines up with an upcoming Nokia event we recently reported on, which is set for the end of the month. We'll likely see the tablet make an appearance, and possibly get to see the company's first phablet as well.
Current rumors claim the phablet will be a 6-inch device that will allow Nokia to battle upcoming handsets such as the Sony Xperia ZU, HTC One Max, and Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It would also give Microsoft bragging rights of having a phablet on the market before Apple. Apple is reportedly testing larger displays in its rumored upcoming phablet, which is expected to be released in 2014. The tipster claims that Nokia will announce the phablet in the first week of November.
It's always best to take these kinds of reports with a huge grain of salt. The Nokia Windows 8 tablet has been making rounds over the last few months, but with the release of Windows 8.1 approaching, Microsoft might want to use Nokia's tablet as an attractive launch device.