Reports: 6 or more Nokia devices due in Oct., Surface Mini in 2014


Sources tell The Verge (pretty good with Nokia/Microsoft scoops in the past) an Oct. 22 Nokia (NOK) Abu Dhabi event will feature "the launch of at least six new devices ... including at least two new Lumias." New accessories will also be launched, one of which is said to be "pretty special."

One of those Lumias will almost certainly be the 6" Lumia 1520, whose launch has reportedly been pushed back from September thanks to activity related to Microsoft's (MSFT) pending acquisition of Nokia's phone unit. The Verge thinks Nokia's Windows RT tablet, now believed to be called the Lumia 2520, could be the other device.

Meanwhile, a reliable source tells ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley Microsoft plans to launch a Surface Mini Windows RT tablet in early 2014. The launch will reportedly coincide with a Windows 8.1 update codenamed Spring 2014 GDR. Windows 8.1 proper launches on Oct. 17.

With the newly-launched Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 sporting 10.6" displays, Microsoft still needs a smaller tablet to address a booming market for sub-8" tablets (where Android rules the roost). But is opting for Windows RT over standard Windows a smart move in light of this year's events?

Dell just stopped selling its XPS 10 RT tablet. As BI observes, that leaves Microsoft the only RT tablet maker for now.

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  • Randal James
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    [What to do when your team doesn't make the playoffs]

     

    Go, Softie, GO!
    25 Sep 2013, 06:08 PM Reply Like
  • berniespear
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    they can release 600 but if no one cares, no one cares
    25 Sep 2013, 06:15 PM Reply Like
  • Randal James
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    bernie,

     

    This will be MSFT's first foray into being a competitive wireless player. I expect them to be aggressive, make mistakes, and show the kind of clumsy moves one expects from my Redmond neighbor. But I do know they are deadly serious about this market and came to play.

     

    You may not care, but I assure you that Apple does.

     

    "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tse

     

    Microsoft takes much longer steps than Nokia could.
    25 Sep 2013, 06:49 PM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    They seem to be competitive although the price point is high a mini maybe good
    25 Sep 2013, 09:28 PM Reply Like
  • Ruffdog
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    MSFT may be the green giant and one of those steps may land on AAPL and squash AAPL. That is why AAPL is watching.
    26 Sep 2013, 10:43 AM Reply Like
  • User 13644332
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    This is awesome! Can't wait.
    25 Sep 2013, 09:55 PM Reply Like
  • ewmpsi
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    These devices will still be Nokia devices (my understanding, I could be wrong) with Nokia branding and the launch event is a Nokia event. Most of these devices will launch before any finalized deal (ink dry) therefore short term it's a Nokia catalyst that Microsoft should inherit shortly thereafter but it is a good precursor for what MSFT will inherit.

     

    I could be wrong about everything I just wrote but that is my understanding of how the approaching device launch is going to go down based on reading the crumbs being dropped by Nokia (leading into pre-launch event). As for the tablet delay, I suspect the changing of Surface RT branding to Surface 2 http://engt.co/15lUNDd on upcoming devices may have something to do with it and not necessarily trying to dash cold water on a competing device (they could use sales from anyone!).
    25 Sep 2013, 10:18 PM Reply Like
  • ewmpsi
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    Nokia six product gush tipped for Oct 22: Sirius tablet, Lumia, dumbphones http://bit.ly/15WhSzZ
    26 Sep 2013, 07:11 PM Reply Like
  • Fanebrb
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    Why no mention of the new Grato 6G chip in many of the 2014 phones ?
    26 Sep 2013, 12:28 AM Reply Like
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