Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) has actually been of the more forthcoming companies when it comes to describing launches of new products. Even if the company doesn’t outright say anything specific before an actual announcement, CEO Stephen Elop has at least been pretty good at whetting our appetites for some new device. He does use vague phrases like “different form factors” and “hero device” to describe what might be coming – which, we know, isn’t much, but it’s at least not evasive like some other CEOs we know. (We won’t name names here. We’re not that kind of site.)
Thanks to Elop’s careful but relatively transparent rhetoric, talk has been swirling about Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) actively working on a larger smartphone device that would stretch the limits of the Windows Phone 8 operating system by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). Rumors, though, do tend to get a little more specific as we get closer to an announcement or a reveal, and this might be an interesting little tidbit – might this be the “hero” device that Elop has talked about?
Word is coming out of the U.K. that Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) may be launching a megaPhone (or as others call it, a “phablet”) that could be the largest we know of on the market – a 6-incher, and it could be on store shelves sometime during the fourth quarter of 2013, putting it right in time for the holiday shopping crush. Of course, the device will reportedly run Windows Phone 8, and the latest report not only gives the display size but also suggests that the screen will have 1080p resolution and the device may run on a quad-core processor. Whether this makes sense remains to be seen – Nokia has sent out invitations for a product launch in London May 14 with the tagline of “See What’s Next,” which has in itself raised speculation that this would be the megaPhone launch date.
Wish we could say we know more, but we can’t. If a megaPhone is coming sooner rather than later, then we likely would know more, because things tend to get leaky as we get closer to an event. But whether it’s coming now or int he fall, would you consider a 6-inch megaPhone by Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK)? How big is too big for a smartphone? What features would you like to see in a megaPhone before you would consider buying one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.