By Vamien McKalin | Aug 18, 2012 09:56 AM EDT
Nokia and Microsoft are gearing up to unleash the first devices running the Windows Phone 8 operating system on September 5, 2012. Nokia needs this event to be successful if its Window Phone 8 devices are to compete successfully with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S3 or Apple's new iPhone.
Check out our list of 8 predictions for the event.
Multiple Windows Phone 8 Handsets
With increased pressure on the company to perform, expect Nokia to unveil at least two Windows Phone 8 based devices: one with a 4-inch AMOLED display, and another with a 4.3-inch AMOLED display at 1280x720 pixel HD resolution. Although ompanies like Samsung and HTC are pushing 4.7 to 4.8-inch giant smartphones, Nokia is unlikely to be inclined to follow suit just yet.
Nokia is one of the very first mobile phone manufacturers to incorporate Near-Field Communication (NFC) into its phones with Symbian. The company wanted to push NFC in Windows Phone, but at the time, the platform lacked support; expect Nokia-branded Windows Phone 8 handsets to have an NFC chip inside.
4G LTE Support
A smartphone without 4G LTE support is unlikely to be very competitive these days, so Nokia could be making a big mistake if it launches its first set of Windows Phone 8 handsets without 4G LTE on board.
Same Lumia Design
Expect the handset with the highest specs to look similar to the Nokia Lumia 900, with only little changes to set it apart. Other, less powerful devices may have a cheaper look and feel or a premium look that is different from the Lumia 900.
The first PureView smartphone wasbased on Symbian, and although the camera itself was good, the operating system felt like something out of a stop-motion movie. Expect at least one of the devices Nokia will announce at the event to have PureView camera technology.
Windows 8 Tablet Branded Lumia
The Lumia name is quite popular, so Nokia may attach that name to a Windows 8 tablet. It would make perfect sense for the company to announce its first tablet on Sept. 5 and brand it as a Lumia. If this happens, Nokia is likely to only support Windows 8 RT with an ARM brain inside, instead of something with a super powered Intel processor. Windows 8 RT devices will be cheaper, and thanks to the ARM processor's more efficient power consumption, tablets can be thinner.
Revival of the Booklet
The Nokia Booklet 3G was Nokia's first and last netbook running Windows 7. The device was unsuccessful, so Nokia never followed up on a great piece of kit. A slight possibility exists that Nokia could revive that line of hardware, but it is far from likely.
Secret Windows Phone 8 Features Revealed
Yes, everything will become known on September 5, 2012; you can quote us on that.
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