MICROSOFT'S LATEST PURCHASE Nokia is decamping to the Middle East this week to take the wraps off a host of expected products, ahead of the Finnish firm being subsumed by Redmond.
Nokia World in Abu Dhabi has been preceded by a whole host of rumours and reports, with the latest being a mini music player to rival the Apple iPod Shuffle.
The music player will have NFC connectivity, headphones, volume controls, a microUSB port and not much else according to news site Evleaks, which tweeted a picture of the device.
Nokia Guru, 2013 pic.twitter.com/Um9vkonTkQ— @evleaks (@evleaks) October 21, 2013
Nokia World will take place in Abu Dhabi, Dubai on 22 October, with the Finnish firm's big opening presentation set for 8am UK time. Aside from speculation on the music player, the firm has dropped some hints in a promotional teaser for the event's webcast that shows images of a phablet, a tablet and a laptop device.
The phablet in the image is likely the rumoured Nokia Lumia 1520. We already know a fair amount about this piece of kit thanks to the online rumour mill, which churned out speculation suggesting that it will likely feature a 6in HD 1080p Clearblack display, a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and a 16MP Pureview camera. It is also set to launch in a number of colours, much like the Lumia 920.
Nokia is also expected to unveil the Lumia 1320, which according to online reports will feature a large display, a 5MP rear camera and a front VGA camera.
The teaser also hints at a tablet, all but confirming the leaked Nokia Lumia 2520. This, according to speculation, will run Windows 8 RT, and will feature a 10.1in 1920x1080 resolution display, a quad-core 2.15GHz processor, 32GB of internal storage and dual 6.7MP and 2MP cameras. The Nokia Lumia 2520 reportedly will also be styled like the Finnish firm's Windows smartphone lineup, and is set to launch in a handful of colours.
The Nokia World image also features a laptop, which could see the firm launch a Surface style keyboard to go with its new tablet, or a tablet/laptop hybrid.
Nokia, of course, declined to comment.
The INQUIRER will attend this year's Nokia World in Abu Dhabi on 22 October, so check back then for all the latest details. µ
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