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Mystery Nokia phone shows up in Russian presentation but it's not a phablet

Oh how we hate Mondays (insert Garfield cartoon here). Looks like we may be spending more time than we want debunking rumors rather than posting confirmed news, but the internet is aflutter these days with numerous new Nokia speculation. Because an inbound 41MP Windows Phone just isn’t enough…

The latest rumor that just won’t go away use one of the most detested words we can think of: phablet. Typing it just makes us recoil for some unknown linguistic reason. Phablets are that new category of device that is combination of ‘phone’ and ‘tablet’, meaning devices with a 5” screen or bigger—give or take. It’s exemplified by popular devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note I and II, which ironically have beaten most analysts expectations by actually resonating very well with the public.

Nokia has been rumored to be working on such a phone for sometime now, even though our source says “nay” on that matter. Of course, we could be wrong or rather, our source could be—after all, it’s not a crazy idea that Nokia may want to jump into that “range” of phones for their Lumia line up, right? Problem is, we're just not hearing (or seeing) anything conclusive to convince us on this matter.

The latest “proof” comes via, one of our favorite Russian Windows Phone sites, during an Nokia presentation for the Lumia 925, which is officially launching there today. In a single image, we see a lineup of Nokia Lumia Windows Phones, including the Lumia 925 which is front and center. The question is, what is the device to its right (our left)? thinks it’s a leaked first-look at a Nokia “phablet” Lumia. While we can’t readily ID that phone—it could be any Lumia as they often do share a lot of similarities—we’re skeptical that Nokia would slip up and let a new device just slide into their official presentation—sorry folks, but these companies are tad more savvy than that. Especially since if such a phone exists, it’s not expected for a few months, at least (we’re talking Q3, or more likely, Q4).

Even more so, if that was a “phablet” it’s not really that much bigger than the current 925—not enough to be a 5+” device and warrant that title of that category, in our opinion. [Indeed as pointed out in comments, there's a Verizon Tile on that device, suggesting that this is really the Lumia 928 or at the most, a generic "Lumia"].

So for now, we’re not convinced neither of this photo nor of the general rumor of an inbound phablet device from Nokia. We’ll be the first to tell you otherwise if we start hearing actual conclusive info about such a phone or if more proof is revealed, but so far, there’s just not much to hang our hat on except for your typical internet conjecture i.e. unverified sources.

Source:; Thanks, Dmitriy I., for the tip!

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • 928
  • right, 928 or EOS.
  • Its bearing the old windows icon (flag) rather than the new window icon. So probably 800 or 900.
  • Looks like the 800 to me.
  • Agreed pretty much looks like my 900
  • It can't be a 928. The 928 is just a version for Verizon in the US. Why would they display it in Russia?
  • Am i the only one who sees Verizon Wireless on the phone tile??
  • Exactly, it says Verizon wireless!
  • Ha, there's that too...
  • I see it.
  • we have a winner!
  • HaHa
  • wow, if you had not said that I wouldn't have... I guess I did not give it so much of attention to the tiles lol
  • Looks like it but it has a wp7 logo
  • I agree, 928.
  • Agreed. Mystery solved. LOL
  • Lumia 800 with an old Wp7 start button
  • Looks like 928 or a typical WP place holder.
    Nothing to see here.
  • It has a wp7 home button
  • really, that is a 928
  • no, the home button is from WP7
  • Bad render, but besides that it looks just like my 928 and the service provider is Verizon.
  • The corner seems like 720
  • It has the old WP-logo as well...
  • I know, that's the first thing I noticed. Makes me wonder if it's just a mockup to add an additional different-looking device to the slide.
  • Yeah, its just a placeholder phone to represent the future
  • that's my exact thought...
  • I just read that Mobile Syrup is invited to the Nokia July 11 reveal. I think that's confirmation that Canada is getting piece of the action with the EOS
  • I don't see how anyone can debunk the 5 inch phone without hearing what I have. May not be Nokia though.
  • It's easy to debunk random, anonymous people with no credibility who say things on the internet without giving proof. It's actually real I just did it ;)
  • You haven't yet listened. The credibility is in the math that most countries learn by their 6th year in school. You are just easily filtering people out and missing a gem fact among them.
  • Go away troll.
  • No one is trolling. I just find it presumptuous and rude not to listen to factual evidence before discrediting it.
  • Again, what facts?
  • I requested Daniel listen to it because it was a near 600 word article soon to be released now.
  • And uploaded.
  • the only thing I found weird is if it suppose to be the next phone to be released, why shoudl they put the old windows logo?
  • Because it's a quick PS job with no real bearing on my guess.
  • but it is quicker to draw windows 8 logo than old windows logo...
  • using the old windows flag...
  • Is it Skype for windows phone with video messaging? ..... No...? Okay.
  • Looks just like 928
  • I agree Phablet is a horrible word. I hereby champion the use of the term 'Tabone' and that anyone who owns one is called a 'Taboner'!
  • +1 Also, lol
  • Lol!
  • Much bigger than both the 925 & 920. The 928 is a carrier spec phone, it has no job being there. Probably, a new phone.
  • its not much bigger - its just possitioned higher
  • Width.
  • Totally off topic but they say Verizon might be buying Wind Mobile and possibly Mobilicity. That would be crazy.
  • Bring it.
  • but it has OLD WINDOWS LOGO !!!!
  • The moment that Nokia tosses out a 8.1 phablet is the moment I loose another pile of money
  • It has the windows 7 logo
  • Please make a 5 inch phone nokia.. 4.5 won't do it for me
  • 928大哥,verizon wireless
  • But the 928 is already out
  • From the other pictures, I think we had already come to the conclusion that the EOS will be slightly bigger than the L920. So I bet that's the EOS. Nothing else.
  • I want the Nokia phablet.. And I'm willing to skip EOS and give up the camera with the alien technology too.
  • Me too. I'm hoping for the alien tech camera in a bigger package with a 1080p screen and stylus support....
  • Daniel, there will be a GDR2 review?? I´m crazy too see what is the "xbox music improvements" that Microsoft talked about!! Or you cant talk about this until the GDR2 update be released to all??
  • I love Garfield........ and lasagna
  • What is that point of having a phone (tablet or not) which is too big to fit in your pants pocket?
  • That's not a mystery. That's the Lumia 928 on Verizon. Derp.
  • Oh and imho it seems to be a Lumia 900 on 7.8
  • The same picture was shown at 925 unveiling! I first thought it was the 928 and still think its the 928. oO
  • But it has the old win symbol I would think L800
  • 55th!
  • Verizon Wireless,928!
  • .
    I agree with you, that word "phablet" is detestable, don’t use it!
    On the other hand, I would love a Lumia with a larger screen of  5” or more.  Just imagine how beautiful the WP home screen would look on a larger screen;  how many more live tiles we could have, different sizes, more info, etc.  And gaming!!!!
    Nokia has the opportunity Samsung had two years ago when they first produced a 5” screen smartphone; no competition!! 
    The so called “tech analysts”  or “ tech editors”  are just sales people, employees.  They would say what is convenient for the companies placing ads on their websites.
  • I use my phone for gaming... It's a gamlet!
  • Haha!
  • I didn't even have to see the Verizon Wireless sign... it looks like their theme and device.
  • My guess is based on location of Nokia symbol and the windows logo, the side is not squared and the bezel is nothing like verizons 928. Could be just advertising trick to get ppl talking..... Like this
  • I would love to have a high end Nokia Phablet.
  • I prefer 'tablone'
  • Nokia is releasing phones every week. What's up with the OS releases Microsoft?
  • Along with that silly "phablet" term, can I toss in a couple more often misused, and very misunderstood words that need to go away?
    "baked in" (Really tired of this one)
    There's probably more, but I'd have to run to engadget, or the verge to get them... and I really don't feel like dumbing myself down right now.  :-/
  • Toss in "evolved" too. It's the flagship, baked-in, minimalist word used in every ecosystsem to describe every change, in a feeble attempt to make them sound "relevant."
  • Indeed.
  • The tiles match the evleaks Verizon Wireless 928 image exactly-
  • That's 928! Very "mysterious" indeed...
  • Having just held a 928 for the first time Saturday and damn it was nice, I thought the phone in the pic was the 928 immediately. Look at the pic, it the entire Lumia lineup numerical order...duh silly Russians.
  • Bears the old WP7 home button.
  • QuadCore NOKIA
  • Old Windows Flag Logo, Old Lumia Phone.....smh.
  • Of course Nokia is making a phablet.  GDR3 supports 1080p and an additional column of tiles, meaning it's intended for larger (i.e. phablet) screens.  How likely is it that Nokia is not going to release a phone that takes advantage of an additional hardware capability that MSFT is providing for?  Are they going to just let Samsung make WP8 phablets and give up a market segment?
  • Old logo, big size.
    Nokia Ace protype