Nokia plans smartphone launch for May 14

(AFP PHOTO - LEHTIKUVA - MARKKU ULANDER)

(AFP PHOTO - LEHTIKUVA - MARKKU ULANDER)

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Nokia has sent out invitations to a London event that will reveal what's next for its line of Lumia Windows Phone handsets.

Rumors have been circulating since the start of the year that the Finnish phone maker is planning to launch a number of high-profile, premium-quality flagship handsets to bolster its existing range of smartphones in the first half of 2013 and the invitations appear to confirm the buzz.

The existing Windows Phone 8 flagship, the Nokia Lumia 920, has become the world's most popular Windows Phone device since its launch in November last year, and while it is well designed and offers a number of premium features, its lack of a true HD screen and the use of polycarbonates in its shell rather than a metal or alloy has drawn criticism in some quarters.

The new flagship device, which Nokia bloggers have been referring to as the Catwalk, is expected to sport an all-aluminium shell and a 4.5-inch full-HD display. Fans of the brand are hoping that the eagerly anticipated 'Eos,' a handset that boasts Nokia's industry-leading 41-megapixel image sensor for professional level photography, will also be revealed at the event.

In its most recent earnings call, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop revealed that he believes Nokia's future in the smartphone market will be defined by its leading imaging technology and by producing phones with larger, phablet-size screen sizes (as well as smaller handsets) and by ensuring there is a desirable Windows Phone at every price point from entry level to premium product.

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