Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NOK) Planning 6-inch WP8 Phablet

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Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) may be planning a supersized Windows phone handset, which is codenamed “Bandit”, says a report from The Verge. The report, quoting sources familiar with the Nokia’s plans, says that the Finnish phonemaker is testing a Windows Phone device with a display size of 6 inches. Additionally, this new gadget might be launched towards the end of this year.

Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NOK) Planning 6-inch WP8 Phablet

As of now, Nokia Lumia 625, a low priced phone, has the biggest display among all the Lumia phones. It has a display of 4.7 inches, however, only runs at 720p.

Expected specifications of the device

Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) Bandit will sit on a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad core processor with 1080p display. The report further mentioned that Bandit may be the first Windows phone from Nokia with 1080p resolution.

Bandit will be leaner and light weight with a polycarbonate body and will sport a 20 megapixel snapper on its back.

Nokia may hold the launch

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is working on a Windows phone update to provide better assistance to devices such as Bandit with added changes for 1080p displays and extra column for Live Tiles on Start screen. The latest Windows Phone update, GDR3 includes rotation lock, a Driving Mode option, support for quad-core processors, full-HD displays on the Windows Phone platform and some minor UI changes.

Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) might keep the launch of Bandit on hold until Microsoft launches its GDR3 update to Windows Phone. Microsoft will roll over the GDR3 update towards the end of this year, which will probably enhance few features on the Windows phone.

Nokia may foray into phablet segment

If the sources are to be believed then Nokia will foray into the phablet segment with 6 inch devices. Samsung’s Galaxy Mega offers a screen size of 6.3 inches, which is much closer to the 7-inch screen size adopted by small tablets such as the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Nexus and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) Galaxy Tab.

Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V), apart from testing Bandit, is looking forward to launching its Lumia 925 on additional carriers in the United States, which will be an alternative to Lumia 920. Nokia is testing the Bandit currently on AT&T, says the report from The Verge.

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