Updated 21st October - Everything we know about the Nokia Lumia 1520 so far.
Not long ago we heard word of a new Nokia handset known simply as ‘Bandit’. Since then we’ve discovered that it will actually launch under the name Nokia Lumia 1520 and will be unveiled on October 22nd. With the launch now immiment we thought we'd reexamine what we know so far about Nokia's phablet.
Update: New details on the specification of the Nokia Lumia 1520 have been leaked by EVLeaks. The - usually reliable - Twitter user has reported that Nokia's phablet will have a 6 inch 1080p display (1920*1080 pixels).
The Lumia 1520's enormous 6 inch full HD 1080p screen, would make it the biggest and highest resolution Lumia handset in existence. That size increase allows it to have an extra live tile column on the start screen, so rather than two medium sized tiles it can now fit three per row.
The Lumia 1020 is expected to be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, but there’s no word yet on what speed it will be clocked at, but with the Nokia Lumia 1020 relying on a dual-core processor it’s sure to be a big upgrade regardless. It'll be backed up by 2GB of RAM, and the smartphone will come in a choice of either 16 or 32GB of onboard memory.
The camera on the Lumia 1520 is said to be a 20 mega-pixel PureView one with a design similar to the one on the Nokia Lumia 925. That actually a downgrade from the Nokia Lumia 1020 is the camera, which at 20 megapixels should be enough to leave most smartphones in the dust.
Nokia's smartphone will be available in a choice of Yellow, Black or White and will be unveiled on October 22nd.
Update: A fresh image of the Nokia Lumia 1520 has leaked. Checkout more here.
Windows Phone Central (posted above) has got hold of an image of what is supposedly the Nokia Lumia 1520 and if it’s anything to go by it’s going to look a lot like a Lumia 920, with a similar rectangular body built of polycarbonate. The picture shows it in a fairly bright red, which suggests that the Lumia 1520 will also probably be available in a range of bright colours like most Lumia handsets.
There also seems to be some sort of white backing over the case in the image, which is likely a removable cover rather than an integral part of the phone.
Of course the Lumia 1520 is much larger than any existing Lumia handset, as highlighted by the fact that in the image it’s placed next to what appears to be a Lumia 920, 925 or 1020 and-whatever it is, the Lumia 1520 absolutely dwarfs it.
Update: Nokia are thought to have delayed the Lumia 1520 until the end of October. It'll be announced on October 22nd in Dubai. Read more here.
It’s not yet known exactly when the Nokia Lumia 1520 will launch, however it’s rumoured that it may be announced sometime in September ready to launch before Christmas and Windows Phone Central reports that US carriers are planning to start selling it by November.
Currently Windows Phone 8 doesn’t actually support 1080p resolutions or quad-core processors, so Microsoft will also need to release a software update to address that. That update may not come to existing handsets (since they won’t need it), but such an update will allow other new Windows Phone handsets to start using more cores and higher resolutions, so the Nokia Lumia 1520 may be the first of many high spec Windows Phone devices.
By Simon Thomas on 30th August, 2013