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Coming Soon: 6 Inch Nokia Bandit

by Shashank Bhardwaj

Nokia might be entering the phablet market with a new rumored device – the Nokia Bandit. The device is said to be launching this year, and should sport a mammoth 6 inch screen.

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Nokia Bandit To Have Gigantic Display

The Verge has been tipped off by sources that the Finnish manufacturer is testing a 6 inch device running Windows Phone, code-named ‘Bandit’. The handset is expected to take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, another phablet expected to release soon.

The Bandit had leaked online last month. The leaked image showed the device’s 6 inch screen, and was referred to as simply as the ‘6 inch Lumia’.

Specifications

Along with the 6 inch 1080p full HD display, the Bandit will be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. All of this is currently not supported on the Windows Phone platform (such a shame), so the device will wait until the next update for the OS – GDR3 (General Distribution 3). GDR3 will bring support for quad-core processors and full HD displays to Windows Phone.

Along with that, the GDR3 will also (finally) bring in a rotation lock for the screen orientation, a Driving Mode, cloud storage for messages, along with some minor changes to the user interface. The Driving Mode option will allow Windows Phone handsets to connect to cars via Bluetooth and allow users to send messages and receive calls via the car console.

The minor UI changes will include an additional column of ‘Live Tiles’ for large-screen devices, like this one.

One of the main attractions in the Bandit will be its rear camera – which will be capable of shooting 20 megapixel images. Like the Lumia 925, the Bandit too will have a slight hump at the back of the device to accommodate the camera. While the Lumia 925 sports a metal and polycarbonate body – the Bandit’s will be made entirely of polycarbonate only.

Nokia’s decision to choose Microsoft’s Windows Phone as the OS for its Lumia range of smartphones has been the subject of some criticism from many quarters. Windows Phone has failed to gain much ground against the likes of iOS and Android. However, Nokia has defended its decision to choose Windows Phone over Android, and is now hoping to make the most of it with big-screen devices. The company has also been rumored to be testing a Windows Phone tablet.

The Galaxy Note 3, which the Bandit will be pitted against, is latest iteration in Samsung’s Galaxy series – which are the biggest selling phablet devices in the world today. It will be launching this September 4th.

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