Tomorrow marks one of the biggest events in this year’s tech industry – the launch of the new iPads. But tomorrow is also the day when Nokia is expected to unveil new devices to the market, and we’re looking to potentially seeing a phablet, tablet and even a laptop, according to a teaser released by the company. Just one day before the event, a quite legitimate leak of the upcoming Lumia 1520 phablet has been spotted by Engadget.
The website caught a leaked listing of the Lumia 1520 on Nokia’s official Chinese Tmall shop. The phablet is described as having a 6-inch screen, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and a powerful 20-megapixel PureView camera. The pricing and availability have leaked as well, the device is expected to retail for CNY4,999 ($820) and will launch this month. Unfortunately, there are no leaked images of the Lumia 1520 just yet, but we will probably see Nokia launch this truly big phablet at the Abu Dhabi Nokia World event that starts tomorrow.
In previous leaks, the Nokia Lumia 1520 was bearing the “Bandit” codename and the information seems to be confirmed by this leaked listing. The specs that it comes with might seem quite common for the best smartphones in the market, but not when it comes to Windows Phone devices. This would be the first time when Microsoft’s mobile OS supports such powerful hardware.
Microsoft prepared the ground quite well for this launch. After buying Nokia almost entirely, they have announced a much needed update to its smartphone operating system. The latest Windows Phone 8 update (the third one) brings support for Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and for larger screens of up to 6 inches and higher resolutions of up to 1080p. This is exactly what Nokia Lumia 1520 comes with.
Also, the fact that Nokia holding the event in Asia means that they are targeting this market and since the leak comes from a Chinese online shop, this adds a little bit of truthfulness to it. The Lumia 1520 phablet probably won’t be such a big surprise for many, as we have seen Sony launch the huge 6.4 inch Z Ultra, Samsung with the Note 3 and many others. Nokia could try to impress users by launching a capable tablet, although we’re not sure how Windows RT will help there, as there are so many cheap and good Windows 8.1 tablets. Or, they could be preparing an interesting comeback of the Nokia Booklet, which didn’t manage to make a splash. But, who knows what they are preparing for us?