End-of-October madness gets underway in earnest tomorrow, with not one but two fairly major launch event thingies.
One of those is Apple’s “We still have a lot to cover” iPad party in the evening time, but early tomorrow morning, Team Elop (ahem) is tipped to launch as many as six new devices at Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi.
As per mobile industry tradition, various leaks have collectively painted a fairly vivid picture of what to expect. Let’s dive straight in.
The beastly Nokia Lumia 1520 will be not only Nokia’s largest phone to date, but also the first Windows Phone-based “phablet” (i.e. somewhere between phone and tablet).
Specifically, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is rumoured to have a 6in 1080p display, making it even bigger than the likes of the 5.7in Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and 5.9in HTC One Max.
Other rumoured Nokia Lumia 1520 specs include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB internal storage, a 20MP rear camera, and wireless charging.
Presumably that "wireless charging" will encompass the use of wires in some capacity, but you get the idea.
The Finns appear to be going a tad mental with their numbering, and with the Nokia Lumia 1520 denoting a phablet, the extra thousand units here mean we’re looking at – yes – a tablet.
While the Nokia Lumia 2520 was recently leaked in cyan, it’s also tipped to come in white, with Verizon in the US supposedly getting exclusive black and red units.
Colours aside, Nokia Lumia 2520 specs are said to include a 10.1in display, though no one can quite agree on the resolution. We’re hoping it’s full 1080p and not the rumoured 1371 x 771.
Other Nokia Lumia 2520 specs may or may not include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, LTE compatibility and battery life of 10 hours.
A Nokia Lumia 2520 price tag of $499 would put it roughly on par with the iPad, though it remains to be seen how much Nokia’s effort can upset the tablet applecart.
The handset codenamed Batman is a confusing one. While it’s described as slotting in just above the 4.7in Nokia Lumia 625, the proposed numbering suggests it’s more than twice the phone. Zuh?
Leaving the potentially perplexing numbering to one side for now, the proposition here seems to be a large phone with a wallet-friendly price tag.
There’s not much else to chew on in terms of Nokia Lumia 1320 specs, though the rumoured 5MP/VGA camera combo backs up the notion of the Batman being more affordable.
The last of the Lumias on our countdown is the Nokia Lumia 525, codenamed Glee – presumably in tribute to the cheesy US TV show with the propensity for churning out nauseatingly twee covers of classics like “Don’t Stop Believing”.
According to ye olde rumour mill, Nokia Lumia 525 specs will include a 4.5in display (800 x 480, same resolution as the 4in Nokia Lumia 520), a dual-core 1GHz processor and Adreno 305 GPU.
Nokia Asha 500, 502, 503
I won’t lie to you; I’m completely and utterly baffled by the Nokia Asha range, with the semi-reasonable excuse that Martin tends to write about the new ones. Ahem.
But my understanding is that the existing Nokia Asha 501 can expect new company in the form of the Asha 500 (a single-SIM version of the dual-SIM 501), dual-SIM Asha 502 and single-SIM Asha 503. Confused? Me too.
In any case, we’ll have muchos Nokia World 2013 coverage tomorrow morning. The action gets underway at something silly like 8am GMT.