No matter how good your products are, in order to stay competitive on the crowded smartphone market you are bound to provide what the customers are demanding and over the past couple of years, the customers have demanded smartphones with 5.5+ inch displays.
Well, the Windows Phone 8 OEMs didn’t develop a phablet yet, but, according to the latest rumors things are about to change, as Nokia has a 6-inch smartphone in the works which will aim at Samsung’s yet-unannounced Galaxy Note 3. Known so far as Nokia Bandid, the latest reports in the business say that the Finland-based company will actually call its Note 3 rival Lumia 1520.
What will be so cool about the Nokia Lumia 1520? Well, the rumor mill speculates that it will sport a 6-inch display with full HD resolution and a quad-core processor manufactured by Qualcomm.
If you are wondering which is the source that revealed that the Nokia phablet is called Lumia 1520, learn that we are talking about the infamous @evleaks which has a history of accurate rumors about unannounced smartphones.
It would be interesting to watch whether the Nokia Lumia 1520 will hit the market in time to compete against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3. In order to be launched, the Nokia phablet will need an update of the Windows Phone 8 operating system, as Microsoft’s platform doesn’t have support for 1920 x 1080 resolutions yet. Hopefully, the GDR3 update might hit the first high-end WP8-powered devices by the end of the year. It looks like that after it made its presence felt on the entry-level segment with Lumia 520, Nokia has big plans for the phablet segment, too, going after the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC One Max, and Sony Xperia Ultra.
Of course, the members of the Galaxy Note tribe are most popular phablets so far, and in case you are wondering what are the technical specifications of the smartphone Nokia Lumia 1520 will have to beat, hear that the rumor mill speculates that the Galaxy Note 3 will pack a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
According to the latest reports, there will be two Galaxy Note 3 variants, one powered by Sammy’s proprietary Exynos 5420 chipst with four Cortex A15 cores at 1.8 GHz, four low-energy Cortex A7 cores at 1.3 GHz and Mali T628 GPU and another one underpinned by Qualcomm’s mighty Snapdragon 800 chipset based on a quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU and an Adreno 330 GPU.
Moreover, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be the first smartphone in the world to come with 3 GB of RAM and we will probably get an improved S Pen, too, given that Samsung recently purchased 5% in Wacom shares, a Japanese tablet maker that is specialized in stylus input.
Rumor has it that the Galaxy Note 3 will run the latest Android iteration out of the box, Jelly Bean 4.3, and it will boast about Samsung’s feature-packed TouchWiz Nature UX interface. The connectivity features of the Sammy phablet will be worthy of a 2013 high-end smartphone, consisting of 4G LTE (even LTE Advanced where available), NFC chip, WiFi in all standards, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, infra red port, and microUSB 2.0.
The battle for the high-end phablet segment will be very interesting to watch this year, as we will have at least four powerful handsets competing for the crown: Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC One Max, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, and Nokia Lumia 1520.