More rumors of Nokia's 6 inch Windows Phone 8 phablet emerge

It's been rumored for some time that Nokia has been working on a Windows Phone 8 device with a large screen to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note series. In fact, in July a Chinese site posted a leaked photo showing what it claimed was the display plate for the Nokia phablet.

Today, The Verge claims to have more information about the Nokia Windows Phone phablet, which it says will have a 6 inch 1080p display. The smartphone, which the article claims has the code name Bandit, will have a quad-core Qualcomn Snapdragon processor and a 20 megapixel rear camera, which will cause the back of the phone's case to have a slight hump. The report also claims that it will have a polycarbonate body and will be both thin and light, although specific dimensions and weights were not mentioned.

The report claims that the Bandit is currently being tested on AT&T and could launch by the end of 2013. The same story also claim that Nokia will release its current Lumia 925 smartphone, with its aluminum body, for other carriers in the US. Currently, the smartphone is an exclusive at T-Mobile.

Source: The Verge | Image via ICTech

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JasonMiles said,
If it has Android I could look into it...

Lol UMMMMMM

More rumors of Nokia's 6 inch Windows Phone 8 phablet emerge

No chance, I am glad it has Windows Phone 8, now bring out a tablet already Nokia!!

JasonMiles said,
If it has Android I could look into it...

Folks figured put how to get Android onto WebOS devices, right? Maybe some have hacked Android onto WP devices as well.

JasonMiles said,
If it has Android I could look into it...
But there are plenty of Android tablets out there... why spoil Nokia?

Chikairo said,

Folks figured put how to get Android onto WebOS devices, right? Maybe some have hacked Android onto WP devices as well.

You can never hack Android into any WP Device. WP 8 primary requirement is that all WP devices are SecureBoot locked and that is impossible to crack by theory and practice. Even if someone puts 1 year of their life time to crack it, it's eventually useless.

Chikairo said,
I always bet on the hackers. If WP is unhacked, then I believe its due to lack of interest on their part.

some people eventually never understand "breaking the OS" and "breaking the hardware"

nitins60 said,

some people eventually never understand "breaking the OS" and "breaking the hardware"


Hardware hackers, software hackers, regardless. Mod chips for consoles came up due to profitable demand. If there was enough interest or demand, it'd be done, regardless. Pretty clearly there's not.

Nokia, if you're listening. Despite what you think, people want MicroSD slots and the inclusion of the expansion ports doesn't make the device sub-premium. It only provides options, and that's never a bad thing.

Edited by ahinson, Aug 19 2013, 8:00pm :

ahinson said,
Nokia, if you're listening. Despite what you think, people want MicroSD slots and the inclusion of the expansion ports doesn't make the device sub-premium. It only provides options, and that's never a bad thing.
I suspect they want set storage to act as a form of planned obsolence, plus for storage to be a premium (read: high profit) feature on top end phones. Including MicroSD on lower end phones means they can offer a good model without directly competing with the better models.

I mean, seriously, storage is the only thing I really wish I could upgrade on my Lumia 900. Not having WP8 is less of a practical concern to me.

Chikairo said,
I suspect they want set storage to act as a form of planned obsolence, plus for storage to be a premium (read: high profit) feature on top end phones. Including MicroSD on lower end phones means they can offer a good model without directly competing with the better models.

I mean, seriously, storage is the only thing I really wish I could upgrade on my Lumia 900. Not having WP8 is less of a practical concern to me.

Because WP8 unfortunately wasn't a very compelling update since it's basically WP7.5 with under the hood changes to support the NT kernel. If it was more feature packed it wouldn't feel like a lateral move, and actually be something worthy of desire. 7.5 being a dead end OSwise is probably the exact opposite way of compelling your existing user base into upgrading.

Edited by ahinson, Aug 19 2013, 11:19pm :

ahinson said,
Because WP8 unfortunately wasn't a very compelling update since it's basically WP7.5 with under the hood changes to support the NT kernel. If it was more feature packed it wouldn't feel like a lateral move, and actually be something worthy of desire. 7.5 being a dead end OSwise is probably the exact opposite way of compelling your existing user base into upgrading.

Well, the inability to go from 7.* to 8 also dissapointed/****ed-off people who were selling the phones. Certainly, my brother (who works for one of the major US providers) has a hard time recommending WP because of that, and has caught flack from customers he sold them to because of it.

For me WP8 is a great update, and I'll move to it soon, but the fact that WP7.8 is so solid for me means I have less need to do so. The Lumia 1020 is tempting me, though!

StandingInAlley said,
1080p display? does this mean it will be running GDR3 or Blue?

Yes, because anything pre-GDR3 has a max screen size of 4.8" iirc. If a OEM wants 5"+ screens then it's GDR3 and up.

Isnt it more important that a new phablet on Windows Phone 8 would show that Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 are merging?

Windows Phone 8 on a tablet... uhm.... no, it's a horrible OS to put on a tablet.

Shadowzz said,
Isnt it more important that a new phablet on Windows Phone 8 would show that Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 are merging?

Windows Phone 8 on a tablet... uhm.... no, it's a horrible OS to put on a tablet.

I dunno if it's merging as much as Windows RT will replace Windows Phone in everything but name.

GP007 said,

I dunno if it's merging as much as Windows RT will replace Windows Phone in everything but name.


Don't think they will drop the WP8 API though.
So yeah most likely goes to RT with hopefully its WP8 API ported, or merged into WinRT, which would be nice, there's plenty of phone apps that would work on smaller tablets

GP007 said,

I dunno if it's merging as much as Windows RT will replace Windows Phone in everything but name.

Got a citation for that? I'd love to hear more...

Chikairo said,
Got a citation for that? I'd love to hear more...

It is rumoured to be the cause of the delayed release of WP8.1 that they are merging WP8 into WinRT or WinRT into WP8.

I think people don't care much about Windows Phone and I don't think anyone is waiting for a bigger windows phone to finally jump on board. I can see that people who already have a Windows Phone might 'upgrade'.

Wont a bigger Windows Phone confuse things further? 'Can I run the full version of Photoshop on this? Does it come with a click on keyboard?'

derekaw said,
I think people don't care much about Windows Phone and I don't think anyone is waiting for a bigger windows phone to finally jump on board. I can see that people who already have a Windows Phone might 'upgrade'.

Wont a bigger Windows Phone confuse things further? 'Can I run the full version of Photoshop on this? Does it come with a click on keyboard?'


Speak for yourself.

I am speaking for me and all the other people who don't seem to care a bit about Windows Phone. How long has Windows Phone been around? What is the Marketshare and Sales numbers? Very close to not making any impact at all.

derekaw said,
I am speaking for me and all the other people who don't seem to care a bit about Windows Phone. How long has Windows Phone been around? What is the Marketshare and Sales numbers? Very close to not making any impact at all.

I assume you are not a troll, thats why I am replying. Windows phone has gone throght 2 major architectural changes in past 3 years. one was windows phone 7 and the other was windows phone 8. It was expected to have some hiccups. but now they are concentrating on usability and starting to take right steps. Even when a rocket lunches the hardest part which takes lots of time and energy is initial part. Android was fooling around for 4 or 5 years until they just became competitive to iOS. but the real advantage of windows is its underlying architecture and modern user interface. windows ui technology xaml is much more flexible than iOS and android. so patience it will payoff. you'll see.

Edited by trojan_market, Aug 20 2013, 2:07pm :

This sounds awesome! If it were 5" I would be happier, however 6", seeing that I don't talk on the phone a lot would still be amazing!

I was interested until I read about the hump. A good camera is always welcome but not at the price of a hump on the device.

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