If Nokia (NYSE:NOK) is going to turn around their fate before fading away into the ash bin of tech history they are going to have to produce a must-have device that propels people to look at Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone OS as a must have, or at least, a “really would like to have when this HTC piece of garbage finally dies.”
Nokia World and the joint presser that Microsoft and Nokia are holding is on Wednesday, September 5th, and the rumors, leaks and surprises are already flowing like water. The latest is probably the worst kept secret in this corner of the world, if you, like me, actually follow any of this. The Lumia 920, of which spy shots have been floating around for weeks now, is rumored to be a very strong candidate for the first must-have Windows Phone. A big AMOLED 4.5″ screen, running Windows Phone 8 with 32GB internal storage, a dual-core Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon S4 SoC, a PureView 8 megapixel camera and wireless charging station are the latest bits of information that have made their way across the vast reaches of the internet.
The other rumors that are flying around revolve around Nokia entering the tablet market. I am of the opinion that Nokia would be wise, very wise, to be the first to market with a 7″ Windows RT/8 tablet, leaving Microsoft’s Surface, Lenovo’s Think Pad 2 and Dell’s XPS Duo 12 among others to shoulder the 10″ – 12″ netbook replacement market for tablets.
Nokia should not want to play in that space but rather offer a sincere challenge to the new version of the Kindle Fire, Nook and iPad Mini that’s incoming later this quarter.
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