Nokia Lumia 1520 quad-core phablet coming to AT&T, codename ‘Beastie'

As with the launch of the Lumia 925 and the Lumia 1020, it seems that all of the details of the Lumia 1520 will be laid bare before the handset is officially announced. The 1520, in case you’ve somehow missed the endless leaks, is destined to be the first Windows Phone phablet, rocking a massive six-inch display.

No big surprise here, but it seems that a variant of the Lumia 1520, known by its development codename ‘Beastie’, is heading to AT&T, according to well-connected leaker @evleaks. Elsewhere, the 1520 is referred to by its codename ‘Bandit’, but you may recall that the Lumia 1020 also got an AT&T-specific moniker while in testing with the carrier: ‘Elvis’. @evleaks also noted that the codename of the Lumia 520 for AT&T was ‘Foo Fighter’.  

The new phablet will be among the first devices to launch with the latest Windows Phone update, General Distribution Release 3 (GDR3), which will finally bring support for Full HD (1920x1080px) displays, as well as quad-core processors.

In addition to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 1080p display, the Lumia 1520 is also expected to feature 2GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, and a microSD card slot. A high-end PureView camera will also be included, although it won't match the 41-megapixel resolution of the flagship Lumia 1020. 

Source: @evleaks | Image via The Verge

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So much for Microsoft putting "all their eggs in one basket", i.e., Surface tablet and its Windows-8. Clearly, the tablet form factor is become more and more a smaller and smaller niche in the PC marketplace.

Please don't be an exclusive again. What does AT&T do for Nokia that they get an exclusive for every new Lumia?
Not much from what I can tell. The sales staff still sends you over to the iPhone and Android devices when shopping for a phone, software updates are delayed for no apparent reason, prices are too high for its handsets and plans. So please stop that nonsense.

This is something I have never understood. If you have done your research and know what you want before coming into a store (which I have always done) then why would an associate do that? Their job (sorry to be crass) is to help you and make a sale. Every time I have gone into my local corporate store the associate has been very willing to sell me the exact phone I have walked into the store looking to buy without trying to sell me a different one.

Well you and I are not the majority of customers. I have told several of my relatives what to buy and not to buy to cover their needs. All but one came out of the store with what the sales associate told them to buy and not what we discussed beforehand. 3/4 of them are unhappy today with what they bought.

Thief000 said,
MicroSD card slot! FINALLY!

Yep. It finally meets my requirements for upgrading from my 920. I would have gotten the 1020 if it had a quad core CPU, MicroSD slot, and a 1080P screen, but I couldn't justify it for just the camera even though it is a great camera.

Personally I think they should have 3 product line categories and all of them should have the top of the line camera; the large screen (phablet >5.2 inch), mid size screen (920 4.7-5-2 inch), and small screen size (say 3.8-4.3 inch screen). This way they can cover all of the sizes and be the true camera phone king whatever the size category. They could then have cheaper versions in each category with lower specs to cross the price range.

deadonthefloor said,
Basketball players rejoice!
finally, a choice from the Galaxy Note line.

Finally? So far WP fans were only trolling the (record selling) Note posts that these phones are useless, ugly and unusable and only people that compensate for something random want them and you DARE to say "finally"?

DaveBG said,

Finally? So far WP fans were only trolling the (record selling) Note posts that these phones are useless, ugly and unusable and only people that compensate for something random want them and you DARE to say "finally"?

Bro, you need to chill. To contradict your statement, I myself have a Note [1] and would love to get my hands on this 1520.

If I didn't pay full price for my 8X and was in the market for a new WP device i'd be very tempted to get this though 6" might be a bit big even for me. I think 5" would be just right though.