New Nokia Lumia Handsets at MWC 2013, but No Tablets – Report

Nokia is expected to focus on bringing new smartphones to shelves for now

By on February 16th, 2013 17:01 GMT

This year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is expected to bring to the spotlight new Lumia smartphones from the Finnish handset vendor Nokia, but it won’t provide us with a taste of a tablet PC from the company.

Nokia has already announced a press event for the trade show, yet Strategy Analytics suggests that the focus there will be on smartphones, and not tablet PCs.

The handset vendor is expected to unveil new handsets powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, maybe even announcing a 41MP PureView device in the Lumia lineup, at least this is what the latest reports on the matter have suggested, WPCentral notes.

However, when it comes to the launch of tablet PCs, we’ll have to wait a bit longer, it seems, although Nokia did confirm that it was interested in this area of the market.

“There has been intense speculation in the global media this week that Nokia will launch its first Lumia tablet with a Microsoft operating system at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, between February 25th to 28th, 2013,” Strategy Analytics states.

“Following extensive channel checks by our Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies (TTS) service, we understand Nokia will not unveil a tablet with a Microsoft operating system at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC).”

The research firm suggests that Nokia is set to focus on bringing new smartphones to shelves first, and that the MWC press event mentioned above will reflect that.

Through this move, the vendor will aim at strengthening its position on the mobile market, following the increase in sales registered with the Lumia series in the fourth quarter of the last year.

As for a tablet PC featuring Nokia’s logo, the device has yet to be officially confirmed (for the time being, Nokia only said that it was strongly interested in building such a device). Rumor has it that the company will plan on loading Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform on it.

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