Major Nokia phablet launch put on hold

Finnish smartphone maker delays unveiling Lumia 1520 amid Microsoft deal

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Major Nokia phablet launch put on hold Nokia developed the 6-inch Lumia 1520, to compete in the 5-inches-plus display segment. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 17, 2013

The launch of a 1080p Nokia phablet device, scheduled for 26 September, has been put on hold following the sale of the Finnish company's devices business and license patents to Microsoft Corp, online media reported.

Nokia developed the 6-inch Windows Phone-based Lumia 1520, to compete in the 5-inches-plus display segment, following a number of launches by rival vendors such as Samsung, Sony and Huawei.

CNET reported that the 1520 will carry a 1080p screen, resulting in the largest and sharpest display among Windows Phone devices to date. The handset is also expected to have a polycarbonate body, a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor and a 20-megapixel main camera.

Sources said the New York event has been pushed back several weeks, but media outlets were unable to obtain confirmation on an exact date.

Nokia and Microsoft continue to operate as separate entities as the $7.2bn deal has yet to close. Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop, who will return to his former employer Microsoft after the transaction is complete, has stepped down from his role in the interim period to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

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