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Nokia postpones Lumia 1520 launch event

Nokia is reportedly delaying the release of its Lumia 1520 phablet-sized device until October with a New York City launch event postponed as a result.

Reuters report the delay is down to the deal signed by the Finnish company to sell its handset business and license patents to Microsoft with the big unveil now all set to take place at some point in the middle of October.

The news reportedly means that the New York City launch event, originally scheduled for 26 September, will now be delayed with a source familiar with the plans telling The Verge the event is now being scheduled for mid-October.

The Lumia 1520, which was originally known as “Bandit”, is rumoured to have a 6in screen with a 1080p Full HD display and looks similar to the other devices in the Lumia range. The Windows Phone device has a 1080p screen with a 1,280 x 720 pixel resolution that means it will run the Windows Phone 8 OS [GDR3] update that provides extensive support for HD content.

It’s rumoured to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz with a 20-megapixel PureView snapper similar to the one inside the Lumia 925 and everything is enclosed by a polycarbonate body.

The phablet-sized device brings the curtain down on a frantic year for Nokia when it comes to devices. Its latest release is the Lumia 1020 smartphone that comes with a 41-megapixel camera and puts most others to shame in the camera department.

Nokia has been pivotal in assisting Microsoft’s efforts to establish the Windows Phone OS as a big player in the mobile OS market leading to third place in the global market with approximately four per cent of the market - still lagging a long way behind both Google's Android OS and Apple's iOS.