for our list of September’s hottest selling smartphones to see how Nokia’s Lumias fared against the competition, or here for our top 10 list of best smartphones in 2013 (so far).**
Tuesday’s Nokia event in Abu Dhabi is expected to be one of the biggest in the company’s history, and certainly the most significant since Microsoft announced it was buying the Finland-based manufacturer’s devices and services unit.
Look for as many as six new gadgets to be introduced Tuesday. Among them are likely to be the company’s first Windows-based tablet PC, and a six-inch smartphone often referred to as a “phablet” due to its size that’s as close to that of a tablet as it is a traditional smartphone.
Nokia might still be a distant third to Samsung and Apple in terms of smartphone sales, but its Lumia line is getting some traction. Sales are up for four consecutive quarters, the Wall Street Journal noted. From June through September, Nokia sold 8 million Lumias, up from 7.4 million in the second quarter and double the number it sold in 2012’s third quarter.
It’s still the beginning of a long comeback for Nokia, which was left behind by Apple and a gaggle of Android manufacturers when the smartphone revolution began.
Microsoft, which lends its Windows Phone operating system to Nokia’s Lumias, has itself struggled in the mobile market. Its Surface tablet, by most estimates, hasn’t been the fierce competitor to Apple’s iPad that many had hoped.
The only thing to take the wind out of Nokia’ sails on Tuesday is the expected announcement of new iPads from Apple.