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Nokia boss teases 'major launch' in 2013, following Lumia 1020 reveal

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Nokia CEO Stephen Elop followed up the launch of the 41-megapixel Nokia Lumia 1020 handset by promising another big release before the year is out.

As TechRadar reports, the under-fire bossman said the next "major launch" is coming "later this year" during a Q&A session at the New York event on Thursday afternoon.

Elop's comments are sure to spark more speculation that the oft-anticipated Nokia Lumia tablet running Windows 8 or Windows RT might be on the way before we draw a line under 2013.

Earlier this year, Nokia was granted a patent with the US Patent & Trademark Office for a tablet device that looked very similar to the Microsoft surface.

The proposed device had a keyboard cover, just like the Surface devices, that could be used as a kickstand. However the patent was filed back in October 2011, so plans may have moved on since then.

Back in February, we got a brief glimpse of what looked like a Nokia Lumia tablet when it appeared on a screen at a Lumia 620 launch event in Pakistan, of all places.

If Elop wasn't referring to a tablet, it's difficult to know what Nokia could have on the agenda.

The company has launched three flagship handsets in very quick succession with the Lumia 925, Lumia 928 and today's Lumia 1020 setting Nokia up very well for the year.

We'll keep our nose to the ground for more leaks. If the recent past is anything to go by, whatever Nokia has up its sleeve shouldn't be too elusive.

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