Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) does like to throw some curveballs once in a while, and in the midst of the chaos surrounding the big India launch of the Asha 501 and the new Asha smartphone platform earlier this week combined with the rumor, speculation and innuendo surrounding next Tuesday’s launch event in London, Nokia decided to take away at least one of the rumors for Tuesday and throw us all a change-up.
Yes, the Lumia 928 is coming … but Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) is already letting the cat out of the bag. Now, we wouldn’t think that Nokia would steal its own thunder by confirming the arrival of a smartphone to market before a lunch event to announce the arrival of the smartphone, so we can only presume that the 928 was not going to be part of this event in London. So now new speculation will run over the question, what will be launched Tuesday then, if it’s not the 928?
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Before we address London and any new conjecture, let us address what we already know – at least, what has now been confirmed but we had already suspected or weeks. Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) announced Friday morning the launch of its latest flagship handset, the Lumia 928, which will be carried exclusively by Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ), the largest U.S. wireless carrier. The handset, which will run on the Windows Phone 8 operating system by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), is slated to arrive on store shelves Thursday, May 16. The phone will reportedly be available for about $100 with a two-year contract, plus there will be a $50 mail-in rebate offer and a limited number of $25 Windows Store online gift cards available with purchase.
Some of the specs of this new phone include a 4.5-inch OLED display, an 8.7-megapixel PureView camera in the rear with both Xenon and LED flashes, a 1.2PMP front-facing camera, 32GB of internal storage, a 2,000mAh battery and wireless charging capabilities.
So, onto London. Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) teased the London event Tuesday in its invitations to media members with the phrase, “See what’s next.” So if the Lumia 928 is not the next thing, then what is? Could this be the launch of the rumored EOS with a 41MP camera? Might this be Nokia’s first foray into the tablet space? Or will this be a megaPhone that would rival the Samsung Galaxy S4? What do you think? What might you expect to see come out of Tuesday’s event? Give us your hunches or educated guesses in the comments section below.