Nokia plans to unveil new, large-screen mobile handsets next month to
revamp its Lumia smartphone lineup and challenge rival Samsung's
dominance in increasingly popular phablet devices, sources said.
has developed more than one new mobile device and is due to announce
them at an event in New York in late September, said the sources
familiar with the plan.
(Also see: Nokia Lumia 825 with 5.2-inch display, quad-core processor in the works: Report)
The sources would not elaborate on details
such as specifications and price but said the new models will include a
phablet, a common name for smartphones with screens over 5 inches.
Technology blogs have also said that Nokia plans to launch a tablet
(Also see: Nokia's Windows RT tablet reportedly set for September launch, purported pictures surface)
Nokia officials were not immediately available for comment.
move comes as the Finnish mobile phone company, which has fallen behind
Samsung and Apple in smartphones, has stepped up its pace of product
launches in the past year in a bid to stem a decline in sales.
leader Samsung has led the way in phablets, proving wrong early critics
who said they were too clunky. Apple is the top seller of tablet
Analysts expect demand for large screens to grow further
as more consumers watch videos and look at photographs on their
A phablet would be the latest addition to Nokia's range of Lumia smartphones which use Microsoft's Windows Phone software.
July, Nokia announced the Lumia 1020, which comes with a 41-megapixel
camera. Gaining share in smartphones is considered particularly crucial
in the long run as more consumers want to use social media and video
services from their phones.
Some analysts, however, have raised doubts over whether Nokia's recent efforts will help turn its business around.
company has bet its future in smartphones on Windows Phone software,
but Windows' share in the market is still at 3 percent, while Google's
Android operating system and Apple's iOS together control over 90
While Nokia shipped 7.4 million Lumia smartphones in the
second quarter, up 32 percent from the first quarter, Bernstein Research
analyst Pierre Ferragu said it appeared much of the growth came from
Ferragu questioned whether Nokia's focus on
high-end models, such as the Lumia 925, 928 and 1020, will pay off,
forecasting a weak third quarter.
"This is a risky bet, as
high-end smartphones are slowing overall, competition is intense, and.
Windows has had limited traction in the high end," he said in a research
note on Tuesday. "Nokia appears to be heading for a disastrous
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