All signs at this hour suggest Nokia’s rumored 6-inch Lumia phablet is the real deal. Sources familiar with Nokia’s plans have leaked additional information about the device – codenamed Bandit – which is said to include the aforementioned 6-inch, 1080p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor.
The Finnish handset maker is already testing the device with AT&T running the latest iteration of Microsoft’s Windows Phone software which includes rotation lock, a new driving mode and other minor user interface changes.
Elsewhere, the Bandit will include a rear camera capable of capturing images at 20-megapixels or greater. There will be a hump on the back of the phone like the one found on the Lumia 925 to accommodate the camera, we’re told.
The smartphone will use a polycarbonate shell that is both thin and lightweight – two solid attributes to have with a phone of this size. And speaking of size, Microsoft is reportedly working to tweak Windows Phone to adapt to the larger display by adding an additional column of Live Tiles on the Start screen.
It’s too early to know how Nokia plans to price the Bandit but we are told it will debut in the US by the end of the year, perhaps in time for the holiday buying season. Whether or not it gets the jump on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note III which is slated to debut early next month (September 3, to be exact) is anyone’s guess.
The Nokia Lumia 928 is powered by an 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 2,000mAh battery running Windows Phone 8. The screen is 4.5″ in diagonal with 768 x 1,280 pixels resolution. Last but not least, The Lumia 928 sports Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the first smartphone featuring a 41 MegaPixels rear camera and 2-MP front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens. The Lumia 1020 is powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, along with a 4.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED touchscreen. Last but not least, you get WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, and GPS.
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