Nokia is said to be working on a new Windows Phone 8 handset, currently known as the ‘Bandit’. That’s according to The Inquirer, who claim the device will have an enormous 6 inch display. It’s also thought that the Nokia Bandit will have a full HD 1080p display - which would be a first for a Windows Phone device.
Another first that the Nokia Bandit seems to be going for is a quad-core processor, as to date Windows Phone handsets haven’t had more than dual-core processors. The Nokia Bandit will also apparently feature a 20 megapixel PureView camera, which is a step down from the 41 megapixel Nokia Lumia 1020 (pictured above) , but still far more megapixels than most smartphone cameras have.
That’s about all we know of the specs so far, though in terms of build it will be made from polycarbonate and sport a thin, lightweight design, with just a slight hump where the camera lens is.
A quad-core 1080p handset, especially one with such a big screen, is likely to make waves in the world of Windows Phone 8, but it makes sense. Android ‘phablets’ have seen quite a lot of success so it’s about time that Windows Phone 8 got in on the act, while a 1080p screen is always a good thing. A quad-core processor seems less necessary as Windows Phone 8 runs fine on a dual-core, but the extra power may be needed to support such a large screen and if nothing else it’s a bullet point on the box.
In order for any of this to happen Microsoft will first need to release an update to make Windows Phone 8 compatible with quad-core processors and 1080p displays. It’s rumoured that such an update is coming in the next few months and the existence of this handset further supports that.
Supposedly the Nokia ‘Bandit’ (or whatever it’s called come release) will also be launched in the next few months and with support for quad-core processors and 1080p displays added to Windows Phone 8 it’s likely that many more handsets with those features will follow. Infact, earlier this week we reported on the Lumia 825 , which is rumoured to have a quad-core processor and 1080p display.
With such a boost in specs the Nokia Bandit looks set to be one of the more exciting Windows Phone 8 handset launches this year, so stay tuned for more updates as we’ll be sure to bring you all the juicy details just as soon as we have them.
By Simon Thomas on 21st August, 2013