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Nokia rumoured to be launching first phablet based on Windows Phone OS

Nokia is on the verge of unleashing its first Windows Phone phablet with a full HD device in the offing for later this year.

MyNokiaBlog reports that a source “familiar with Nokia’s plan”, but no longer on the team, suggests the device will be revealed in September alongside a couple of other handsets.

The phablet is “very likely” to have a full HD [1080p] screen as well as being a part of the first line of Lumia devices to feature a quad-core processor.

A definitive screen size is yet to be announced and the only details are that it will be “definitely more than 5in” according to the same blog post.

If Nokia is releasing a phablet it will take advantage of the upcoming Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update that is slated to land later this year with support for full HD [1080p] displays as well as quad-core processors.

Other rumours report the GDR3 update will include a rotation lock option with other features, such as a notification centre and improved multi-tasking, not arriving until Windows Phone Blue is released in 2014.

As for when the phablet will be announced, Windows Phone Central posted a screenshot of a Nokia event in New York City that is reportedly happening on September 26 and 27, something that fits with the release date rumours elsewhere.

Having a September release will put it on a collision course with a wealth of companies planning the use IFA 2013 in Berlin this September to debut phablets. This includes the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One Max, which will both run versions of the Google Android OS.

The closest Nokia has got to a Windows Phone-based phablet-sized smart phone has been the Nokia Lumia 1020 with a 4.5in screen and a huge 41-megapixel camera, which will sell for £600 upon its release.

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