Nokia’s work on its first Lumia phablet appears to be underway, and the device could be ready for release by the end of this year. According to unnamed sources speaking with The Verge, Nokia is currently working on the device, a 6-inch phablet codenamed “Bandit”.
The purported 6-inch Lumia Phablet is expected to feature a 1080p display and a quad-core Qualcomm processor. The device will also reportedly offer at least a 20MP rear-camera, and will have a slight bump on the rear of the device (similar to the design of the Lumia 925) to help accommodate the camera. While these sources remain unidentified, the information appears to align with an earlier image leak of the Bandit’s display, which surfaced last month.
The Bandit could also prove to be a sign of things to come, as one of the unnamed sources told The Verge that the Bandit will be the first of many planned 1080p Windows Phone devices. Microsoft also appears determined to take advantage of these new displays, as the company is currently working to improve Windows Phone support, with specific changes aimed at 1080p displays, including additional column support. The update known as General Distribution 3 (GDR3) will also feature rotation lock, a driving mode option, and a few UI changes.
Nokia’s 6-inch phablet is currently being tested at AT&T according to the sources, and the carrier will be expected to release the handset in the United States before the end of 2013. According to these same unnamed sources, there is also word that Nokia is planning to launch the Lumia 925 across additional carriers as a possible Lumia 920 replacement.
Source: The Verge