More Nokia tablet and phablet rumors hit the Internet

It's the weekend, and that means yet another rumor concerning Nokia's plans to release tablets and larger smartphones and phablets is making the rounds on the Internet. We have been hearing rumors about Nokia working on a Windows 8 tablet for over a year now and even posted our own concept for such a device. The phablets reports are more recent but they have gotten a lot of media attention in the last few months.

Our concept for a Nokia Windows RT tablet, which we posted over a year ago.

The latest such report comes from MyNokiaBlog, who claims, via their unnamed source, that Nokia is working on a 10.5 inch tablet that's just 8.5 mm thick, along with an 8.5 inch tablet. Both will come in a variety of colors (Green, Black, Pink, Blue, Green, Yellow, White) and both will be made of aluminum. The tablets are also supposed to have advanced Zoom cameras, although details were not revealed.

The same article also claims that Nokia will launch a new set of Lumia smartphones with larger screens. Here's the breakdown: The Lumia 525 will have a 4.5 inch screen like the current Lumia 920, while the Lumia 625 is supposed to have a slighly bigger 4.6 inch screen. The Lumia 725 will have a 5 inch screen, according to this article, and the Lumia 825 will have an even bigger 5.2 inch display. The Lumia 926 is rumored to have a 5.5 inch screen.

Finally, this rumor claims that in June 2014, Nokia will release a phablet with a screen size of between 6 and 7 inches. The tipster apparently told the website, "This information is not a fairy tale … You’ll hear more soon from Nokia." We should soon find out if this info is indeed correct.

Source: MyNokiaBlog via WMPoweruser

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Honestly, I want to believe this. I'm so happy with my Lumia 900 that I'd happily consider a Lumia tablet. But, honestly, these rumors are a dime a dozen, and will continue coming out until nobody wants a Lumia tablet or one finally comes out. In that case, the current rumor-monger will be right, although in the same way a stopped clock is right twice a day.

greenwizard88 said,
Fine by me, as long as they keep a flagship phone in the Lumia 800 size.
Too late. They haven't had a flagship phone in the Lumia 800 size since...well the Lumia 800! In the current range you have to go as low as the 620 for something comparable in size to the 800.

I have a HTC 8X with a 4.3" screen, it seemed fine at first but now I think I need a bigger one. My eyesight is poor. I think next time I'm going to get something with at least a 4.8" screen, probably a 5".

With a company trying to regain better profits and a come-back, why would Nokia schedule something for June 2014, when they need it NOW? Sounds pretty lame to me. It's either the source is just making this stuff up, or Nokia doesn't really know how to enter the tablet market.

they have a big event for next week july 11th to show of what they will be releasing now, but don't expect releases of phones with new hardware until later in the year with gdr3. oh wp8.1 is coming along nicely too with more build numbers showing up in various stats around the web.

Short term thinking is what gets you killed..

Nokia is doing just fine and I'm fairly sure they have the fall line up pretty much in the can right now, getting ready for production in 8-10 weeks and are busy designing next year's models...

I keep asking myself the same question. But I see so many people wanting a phone with a massive screen. It's definitely not my cup of tea, but I guess there is a market for "phablets".

Because the least thing I use my Smartphone for is to make 'Phonecalls', and that can easily be done with earphones which getting used to also helps while driving. So potos, video, surfing, text, etc. takes like 95% of my use, so I keep asking myself why some people want to use less tan 5" screens, and at least 6" screen smartphones sound great to me. Basically 'I Phone' no more.

If they go the tablet route, please make a suitable docking station that has the necessary expansion ports (USB2, USB3, HDMI, power). I would definitely be interested in that if it were to happen.

Depending on the performance and weight of the device, I would seriously look at it as a desktop PC replacement for my wife.

Uh oh, then I would be contributing to the death of the PC since they don't count tablet sales.

did you see the docking station that was shown with the QUALCOMM reference device a couple weeks ago, the second gen devices are gonna kick some serious butt.

korupt_one said,
did you see the docking station that was shown with the QUALCOMM reference device a couple weeks ago, the second gen devices are gonna kick some serious butt.
I did not, thank you for the info. I will have to check that out.

Sounds bogus to me. The current line up is quite complete and knowing the coming EOS phone is basically a 920 with a hump for the camera I would be betting on new, bigger phones coming in October starting with the high-end. Probably a bigger EOS model and a similar one with a 'normal'camera with new SoC. Then during MWC 2014 we'll see the mid and low end device picking up the tech and hardware at a lower price point. That has always been the way Nokia has worked with Lumia/WP hardware..

After having a Lumia 928 for a month, Nokia is my new favorite hardware company. I can't wait to get a Nokia tablet and/or AIO. At this point, I'd probably buy a Nokia car if they started making them

Abhinav Kumar said,
Lumia 525, 625 with >5 inch screen? Not with WVGA, please.

You expect budget 5 inch phones with HD displays? Can I have what you're smoking?

Abhinav Kumar said,
Lumia 525, 625 with >5 inch screen? Not with WVGA, please.

I'm guessing 720p should be the norm for these phones. WVGA on a 5 inch screen makes no sense.

hipporama said,

I'm guessing 720p should be the norm for these phones. WVGA on a 5 inch screen makes no sense.

720p should be the midrange norm once we get higher-end phones with 1080p which is what GDR3 should bring going by all the rumors.

So... several new, based on the number I assume mid-range, Lumia phones with bigger screens? What about new top of the line devices?
Not sure the whole story makes sense.....

Fritzly said,
So... several new, based on the number I assume mid-range, Lumia phones with bigger screens? What about new top of the line devices?
Not sure the whole story makes sense.....

Based on the numbers it appears to be a whol new line up. From low end 5xx to high end 9xx.

Ronnet said,

Based on the numbers it appears to be a whol new line up. From low end 5xx to high end 9xx.

Personally I would like to see a phone in the 9 range; 5.5", at least for me, is more a phablet. A 4.5", 1080, quad core ( just to be future proof) Lumia would make me replace my 920 right away. I would not mind a 7" device to replace my Filofax but 5.5" ?...... Not for me.

Fritzly said,

Personally I would like to see a phone in the 9 range; 5.5", at least for me, is more a phablet. A 4.5", 1080, quad core ( just to be future proof) Lumia would make me replace my 920 right away. I would not mind a 7" device to replace my Filofax but 5.5" ?...... Not for me.


If it doesnt com we with a stylus, than it isnt a phablet. Its nothing more than 5.5" smartphone.

A phablet is pjone which had tablet capabilities which go well beyond size. It isn't the size that makes it a tablet-like device. Its the tablet apps, stylus and more.

TechieXP said,

If it doesnt com we with a stylus, than it isnt a phablet. Its nothing more than 5.5" smartphone.

A phablet is pjone which had tablet capabilities which go well beyond size. It isn't the size that makes it a tablet-like device. Its the tablet apps, stylus and more.

Personal opinions vary indeed.... A 5.5" device is no longer, IMO, a phone, no matter how you want to call it. Out of curiosity, how do you know that it does not come with a stylus?

Fritzly said,

Personal opinions vary indeed.... A 5.5" device is no longer, IMO, a phone, no matter how you want to call it. Out of curiosity, how do you know that it does not come with a stylus?

Because NONE of the Nokia phones to date in the Lumia family have them. Why would this one be any different?

By definition of a phablet, what I said isn't my opinion. It is still a smartphone no matter how big it is if it is under 7 inches.

The Galaxy Tab 7" which has cellular capability outside the US is still called a tablet. It is not called a phablet. Making a phone 5.5" doesn't make it a phablet. Tablets require more than just size. They have applications designed for a much larger screen that are specific to tablet devices. making a phone screen bigger without adding tablet capabilities leaves it as being a smartphone, no matter how big it gets up to 7 inches. YOUR OPINION doesn't change the facts.

If Nokia makes a 5.5" device it is no more a phablet than the Optimus Pro.
Calling the above a phablet is as lame as calling the iPad a PC.

TechieXP said,
Because NONE of the Nokia phones to date in the Lumia family have them. Why would this one be any different?

By definition of a phablet, what I said isn't my opinion. It is still a smartphone no matter how big it is if it is under 7 inches.

The fact that previous,smaller Lumia did not have a one does not mean that a new, bigger one could not. Not that I am stating that it will, I, az well as anybody here, do not know.

As for " by definition", there a time when "Tablet" defined a PC with handwriting capabilities as for MS specs for the XP Tablet OS. Nowadays the term is, unfortunately I would add, used to defined a much broader category of devices. Nothing wrong with semantic discussions though.

Fritzly said,

The fact that previous,smaller Lumia did not have a one does not mean that a new, bigger one could not. Not that I am stating that it will, I, az well as anybody here, do not know.

As for " by definition", there a time when "Tablet" defined a PC with handwriting capabilities as for MS specs for the XP Tablet OS. Nowadays the term is, unfortunately I would add, used to defined a much broader category of devices. Nothing wrong with semantic discussions though.

Yes I 100% agree that just because the smaller devices didn't have a stylus doesn't mean the bigger one won't either. But notice the trend. NONE of the OEM's besides Samsung has a 5"+ device that has a stylus that has been categorized as a smartphone. I don't see Nokia doing anything different.

Here is my "opinion" as to why I believe Nokia won't break this trend. Nokia even though they have been using poly-carbonate casing, cut them from a single block of the polymer based material. If they wanted to add a stylus and make it easy to carry, it would require one of two things, either some type of clip on the outside which would take away from the phone size or drill a hole in the case to house the stylus. Drilling a hole would actually compromise the solid build of the case. Most devices you see that have plastic casings, have in the mold a place to slip the stylus. There has never been one device I have every bought where the stylus could not be carried inside the same case as the phone or PDA.

Even though Microsoft has always had a stylus for Windows Mobile, they didn't push it as a requirement for Windows Phone devices. Also I see no applications on Windows Phones that would require the use or why anyone would want one for that phone. With the Note you know you will use the stylus because there are dedicated apps that use it.

Windows Phone doesn't have any tablet applications because its a "PHONE". You need to meet all 3 requirements to meet the "phablet" moniker. If anyone element is missing then it is simply not a phablet. You need a large screen, you needs a stylus and you need tablet applications. Last time I checked, the recently released phones that are above 5" didn't have all 3...in fact so far all of them have one of the elements...SIZE. Its not the size of your phone that counts. If Nokia is making a tablet as has been rumoured, they would likely have no interest in making a phone similar to the Note.
I would say, the market isn't big enough to even add another OEM to that segment. Samsung hit it big because they were the only ones to create the segment and stick with it. However there are about 30M Note owner between the 2 models. I would say, no one else would be interested in such a device in a numbers exceeding 50M. I see a recycling of Note owners as Note the Note 3 comes and older Note owners move up and even though I have a Note II, I plan to move up providing it has more of the GS4 features.

I think MS could sway businessmen into having such a device with a stylus if the device came with the same version of Office that appears on Windows RT. But with the stripped down versions of Office Mobile for Windows Phone, typing would simply be a better option.