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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Nokia delays Lumia 1520 phablet launch after Microsoft deal

Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet, Microsoft

Reuters reported that Nokia apparently delayed the launch of their phablet Lumia 1520 following a deal to sell its handset business and license patents to Microsoft. The release date was originally planned for late September.

The company from Finland has pushed back the launch date and a Nokia spokesman declined to comment on the new release date.

Nokia and Microsoft are still operating as separate companies as the 5.44 billion euro deal, which was announced on September 3, has not yet closed. But Chief Executive Stephen Elop, who was hired from Microsoft in 2010 to turn the company around and is returning to his former company after the deal closes, has stepped aside to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

Under Elop, Nokia struggled to close the gap with Samsung Electronics and Apple in smartphones, although it has stepped up its pace of product launches in the past year. Market leader Samsung has led the way in phablets, proving wrong early critics who said they were too clunky. Apple has become the top seller of tablet devices.

The Lumia 1520 is a 6-inch full HD screen, with fast quad-core chip, 20-megapixel camera on the back, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. AT&T and Verizon Wireless will sell the phablet in the U.S.

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