Nokia phones are going super-sized, after the latest Lumia 625 release that boasted a 4.7-inch display, the hot rumour is that Nokia is working on the Lumia 825 with an even larger 5.2-inch display and interestingly a quad-core processor. We say interestingly as Windows Phone 8 currently only supports dual-core and at best 720p displays. For a Windows Phone to support anything better, it'll require an update from Microsoft.
Dubbed sexily General Distribution Release 3 or GDR3, the world and his dog are expecting Microsoft to release just that at some point this year, bringing much needed 1080p display and quad-core processor support. It's a rather key point as this is no chicken and egg situation, Nokia can't release any quad-core devices until Microsoft releases GDR3.
As for the new phone, following Nokia's usually naming convention the Lumia 825 will be a mid-range device. You'd expect Nokia to reserve its first 1080p display for any new flagship handset it has in the works. The quad-core processor is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2GHz, which is very much a mid-range processor, so it's likely the Lumia 825 will be using a 720p display.
All of those details tie in neatly with a mystery Nokia Windows Phone device that recently surfaced on the GFXBench website. The benchmark report showed a Nokia device running a 720p display and Qualcomm quad-core processor, which in all likelihood was the Lumia 825.
Microsoft is on record as saying a Windows Phone GDR update will land later this year, but whether that's in October or more towards December only Microsoft knows. Nokia and the Lumia 825 will have to wait until it does.
By Simon Thomas on 19th August, 2013