Windows Phone 8 has been boggled down by support issues, but the Nokia Bandit will be the collective vision of the next generation from the Finnish smartphone maker, with a larger screen and better performance.
A few leaks here and there have shown a large phablet device with different Windows Phone 8 tile sizes. Microsoft did show the Windows Phone and Windows 8 interfaces elapsing into one another, basically having the same design, perhaps large screens have more rows and thus have more space for tiles.
Looking at the Nokia Lumia 1520 (previously Nokia Bandit) against the Nokia Lumia 1020, we can see a larger and wider smartphone, with the same sort of design we have come to know from Nokia. The multicoloured polycarbonate back and black bezels are traditional to the Windows Phone 8 design.
Despite the Nokia Lumia 1520’s larger size, it seems to maintain the same thickness. Nokia has not been known for its thin and light devices, with the Lumia 920 hitting the scales as one of the largest flagships a year ago.
The internals on the Nokia Lumia 1520 is where it gets really exciting, with a 6-inch 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 20MP PureView camera. Microsoft is set to release the GDR3 update sometime this year, giving OEM partners more support the on hardware side.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 may not arrive on the market until late 2013 and perhaps at the start of 2014, considering the specs will not work until the GDR3 update is released, providing support for quad-core CPU’s and 1080p displays.
Nokia already has the Lumia 1020 at the highest point in the price, on AT&T for $249 after a $50 price cut two weeks in. With higher specs and a larger screen, we can see the Lumia 1520 starting at the same price, $299 on a two year contract, a hard sell with Windows Phone 8.