On Monday, Microsoft will announce its second-generation Surface tablets in New York - but despite the apparent overlap created by the company's purchase of Nokia's devices business, it appears that plans to launch a Nokia Windows RT tablet remain relatively unchanged. There had been some speculation that the launch might be cancelled, after it was reported that Nokia had delayed the announcement by a month.
Nokia has since sent out media invitations for that event, to be held in Abu Dhabi on October 22, and thanks to serial leaker @evleaks, who's established a pretty decent track record in revealing tech secrets, a couple more details have emerged. It appears that Nokia's tablet - known until now by its development codename 'Sirius' - will be called the Lumia 2520:
Nokia Sirius = Lumia 2520— @evleaks (@evleaks) September 21, 2013
It also seems that the launch of the tablet remains on track, and will be announced alongside Nokia's new 6-inch Windows Phone phablet next month:
Look for Nokia Sirius to launch alongside Bandit next month.— @evleaks (@evleaks) September 20, 2013
Known by its 'Bandit' codename, the phablet is expected to be called the Lumia 1520 when it goes on sale later this year, and will be one of the first devices to launch with the latest update to the Windows Phone 8 operating system. The GDR3 update will bring platform support for the kind of uprated hardware that the 1520 will offer, including quad-core processors and Full HD 1080p displays.