Taking to its Twitter feed, Nokia all but announced its next significant product reveal date. The phone maker tweeted: "At Nokia, we never stop innovating. More to share on October 22." The tease leads us to believe Nokia is prepping a Lumia 1520 smartphone and possibly an RT tablet for debut this fall.
The announcement comes after rumors that Nokia had to delay the event because of Microsoft's recent acquisition of Nokia's devices and services unit. Word on the street says Microsoft did not want Nokia to announce a tablet or phone so close to its own second-generation Surface announcement, which is expected later this month.
Nokia Lumia 1520
The Nokia Lumia 1520 has been rumored for months, with tons of information regarding the flagship device leaked online. Although we do not know for certain that the 1520 will be unveiled on October 22, odds-makers predict it will.
Rumors also suggest the Lumia 1520 will include a 1080p screen. If that is true, it will be the first Windows 8 Phone with such a high-resolution display.
The phone is expected to launch with a 6-inch display, making the 1080p resolution very beneficial to the overall user experience. Since Nokia loves high-end cameras in its phones, many anticipate the 1520 will come equipped with a 16-megapixel Pureview camera.
Other rumors suggest it will include a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor.
Microsoft's Nokia Acquisition
It appears as though the main reason for the October announcement -- instead of a September date -- is that Microsoft swooped in and acquired a large portion of Nokia. The deal has yet to close, but once it does, Microsoft will be paying $7.2 billion for Nokia's devices and services unit.
Microsoft originally tried to acquire Nokia back in June but the deal fell through. Even though Nokia's Lumia 1020 has not been an immensely popular phone, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer cited it as an example of how the two companies can work together to develop great products. Since Microsoft has had a hard time in the hardware sector, partnering with a well-established hardware company has advantages for both parties.
What's interesting however, is that the Nokia-Microsoft deal does not include future Lumia devices that are released after the deal closes. This means that any successors to the rumored Lumia 1520 will either be under Nokia's control, or there won't even be any new devices.
Analysts have pointed out that Nokia's smartphone business has been very unsuccessful -- especially in the high-end -- so without Microsoft's interest in Lumia, the brand could die out.
The partnership makes sense and may be the best way for Nokia to survive in the highly competitive smartphone business. That being said, some analysts suggest that after the Lumia 1520, Nokia's days as a smartphone manufacturer will be over. Time will tell on this one. Stay tuned.