Nokia is preparing six new devices for their Abu Dhabi event on October 22, now officially announced after a week of waiting. Nokia has not said what the event will have in store, although we have some ideas on what we are going to see.
The first thing to note is the event setting, Abu Dhabi is fancy but it is not near Finland. Most Nokia events are either in Finland or London, with the occasional flashy launch in New York City, Abu Dhabi is a fancy spot and we wonder why Nokia has decided to go with the desert shores.
With Nokia’s recent sale of the Devices Division, we believe this is just the roadmap the company has already set in place. We are probably going to see the same sorts of devices for the next few months, until Microsoft finalises the deal and Nokia ships their 32,000 employees over to Redmond.
One of the six devices should be the new Lumia 1520, the larger phablet running Windows Phone 8. This is the next generation of Windows Phone, with a quad-core processor and 1080p display, thanks to the GDR3 update Microsoft is preparing to roll out.
Nokia may also be preparing to launch the new Windows RT tablet, codenamed Sirius. The early leaks have not been met with any positivity, with the price set to $499, more expensive than some Windows 8 hybrid computers.
As for the rest, there are rumors Nokia will be launching a cheaper version of the Lumia 920, possibly the 880 or something along those lines. The numbering system has become incredibly dull and Microsoft has said they will look to condense the naming.
We may also see Nokia bring some cheap Asha handsets to the market, despite the fact Microsoft probably wants rid of that operating system to make way for budget line Windows Phone 8 devices.