Nokia delays Lumia “phablet” after acquisition

Nokia is reportedly putting its rumoured larger Lumia phone on hold after agreeing to sell its hardware business to Microsoft.

The firm had originally planned to launch a larger phone in late September, along with a rumoured 10in Windows RT tablet, according to sources familiar with the plan prior to the Microsoft deal.

But one of the sources said the launch event, originally scheduled to take place in New York late this month, has been pushed back by several weeks. Reuters could not confirm a new date, and a Nokia spokesman declined to comment. Both devices are still expected to launch, according to The Verge.

The new smartphone is reportedly dubbed the Lumia 1520, and will feature a 6in screen with 1080p resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, plus a microSD port. It’ll also run Windows Phone 8, according to The Verge.

Nokia is also reportedly planning to launch the “Sirius” later this year, a 10.1in ARM-based tablet running Windows RT. It’s thought the tablet will be thinner than the iPad, though it’ll cost about the same, and run on a Snapdragon 800 chip.

Nokia and Microsoft are still operating as separate companies as the €5.44 billion deal, announced on 3 September, has not yet closed.

Microsoft eventually plans to integrate the Lumia line with its own range of devices in a bid to unify the two brands and boost Windows Phone’s market share. Nokia boss Stephen Elop, hired from Microsoft in 2010 to turn the company around and set to return to his original employer, has stepped aside to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

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