A new report from Reuters claims that Nokia will hold an event in New York City at the end of September, where it will announce its first Lumia phablet.
Samsung can take credit for introducing and making a new trend in mobile computing wildly popular. When the company announced that it would launch a smartphone/tablet hybrid with the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note in 2011, many industry analysts and tech critics slammed the device for being too large and predicted that consumers would not want to carry around a smartphone with a 5.3-inch display.
When the Galaxy Note went on sale, however, it was clear that Samsung was right and the critics were wrong. Consumers actually liked the idea of having a smartphone that could also serve double duty as a tablet, hence the birth of the "phablet" category. The Galaxy Note 2 was an even bigger success and the company will unveil its follow-up with the Galaxy Note 3 on September 4.
Samsung won't be the only smartphone maker to announce a highly-anticipated phablet in September. Reuters is reporting that Nokia will also be getting into the phablet game at the end of next month. The news outlet's sources have revealed that the phablet will be part of the Lumia line and looks to challenge Samsung's dominance in the phablet world. The sources did not provide any details or specs on the Lumia phablet, but a new report from Windows Phone Central gives us those details.
The site claims that Nokia's phablet will include Microsoft's GDR 3 (general distribution release) Windows Phone update, which adds support for 1080p displays, quad-core processors, and more. The Lumia phablet will reportedly include a 6-inch full HD 1080p display and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
The site also claims that the handset will ship with a 20-megapixel rear camera and is said to be a very thin device that will include a slight camera bump, similar to the one on the Lumia 925. The publication further notes that Nokia will announce a Windows RT tablet at the event as well. The event is reportedly scheduled for September 26 - 27 and we'll be sure to bring you all the details.