When news broke that Microsoft was holding an event on Monday, 6-18, there was lots of speculation but nothing solid. It was rumor on top of rumor. Now Verizon and Nokia have similarly jumped onto a pop up event on Monday. Now, there’s no way of knowing if they are linked at this point, but let’s do them in order. First up is the Microsoft event announcements:
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his will be a major Microsoft announcement – you will not want to miss it.
Next up, Nokia:
And the media increases with Verizon (this ad is on tv right now):
Here’s the laptop in use with an email reminding the recipient about a aprty next week:
Notice the “screen images are simulated” tag on the bottom? You usually only do that if you are showing off a real device. In other words, I think that notebook may be in play here, but that tag does extend when the tablet comes into view.
OK, so we all agree that Microsoft is showing a WindowsRT based Nokia tablet that runs on Verizon’s 4G network, right? Speculation gone rampant…
UPDATE: According to The Nokia Blog, the area code of Hawaii is 808 and that second Nokia photo is the Roland TR-808 controller so they are bringing the Pureview to the US. I don’t see why Microsoft would be related to this as it’s not a Windows Phone device. Also, seems a bit off for the Verizon commercial quite frankly. So it’s just a day where three tech companies are holding pop-up press events…go figure.