The recently leaked high quality pictures of the aluminium Nokia Windows Phone has caused many to suggest the phone is a lot bigger than it appears, based on the seemingly small size of the buttons and features such as the micro-USB port.
Placing the Nokia Lumia 920 virtually next to the leaked handset, one can see that the NL 920 needs to be shrunk down considerably or the other handset made much larger for the camera and power buttons to be the same size.
Probably more convincingly, if the bottom of the two devices are placed next to each other, to make the hole for the microUSB slot to be the same size, again the leaked handset needs to be much bigger.
If we put actual measurements to the difference, the new handset would be around 83 mm wide and 149 mm tall, which is around the same dimensions as the original 5.3 inch Samsung Galaxy Note (147 x 83 mm).
The Nokia Lumia phablet is a pretty well sourced rumour, with even the Financial Times saying:(Nokia is working on a phablet) The device that can work as a phone and a tablet – known as a “phablet” – similar in size but with more advanced specifications to Samsung’s popular Galaxy Note.
Other mentions of the phablet, apparently aimed at Q4 2013, can be found here and here. The device is rumoured to have a 1080P screen with an extra row of icons and will run the GDR 3 build of Windows Phone 8, as seen in this other leaked picture to from this post here.
Presumably this handset will also feature support for the latest quadcore processors, although there is rumours that Nokia was having battery issues with this.
First Quadcore Lumia shows up on Graphics Benchmarking site
We knew it would arrive eventually, but now we have proof. The first Quadcore Windows Phone has just shown up on benchmarking website GFXBench.
The entry clearly shows the mystery Nokia Lumia has 4 cores, and runs Windows Phone 8.
It also reveals the screen is still 720, not 1080P unfortunately, but I am sure that will come eventually also.
Unfortunately there is no 720P Windows Phones with the Andreno 305 CPU in GFXBench’s database, so we can not directly compare the benefit of the increased processor power.
The Nokia Lumia 620 does however the Adreno 305 processor, and the data does show the Quadcore processor does result in a very significant boost in benchmarks.
In terms of 1080P off-screen fill, the NL 620 scored 152 MTexels, while the mystery handset scored 702, more than 4 times as much.
For textured triangle throughput on a virtual 1080P screen off-screen, the NL 620 scored 17 MTriangles, while the Quadcore handset scored 48, nearly three times as much.
Of course with such an excess of power one wonders what a Windows Phone would do with it, but I am sure games and browser rendering will both be significantly snappier.
The entry can be seen at GFXBench here.