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Nokia Bandit: a 6-inch quad-core, 1080p Windows Phone phablet

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Nokia Bandit: a 6-inch quad-core, 1080p Windows Phone phablet
There have been a few rumors here and there about the upcoming Nokia phablet, but The Verge is claiming to have solid news on the topic. From what we had heard before, the phablet was planned to be somewhere between 5.5-inches and 6-inches with a display resolution of 1080p, making it the first 1080p Windows Phone device.

The Verge is saying that Nokia's upcoming phablet is codenamed Bandit, and it will feature a 6-inch 1080p display. The device is also expected to be the first quad-core Windows Phone device, running a Qualcomm chipset, but it is unclear what Snapdragon chip it will be. The report also says the camera will be "at least 20 megapixels", but doesn't say it will be the same 42MP camera seen on the Lumia 1020. And, of course, the device will be running Windows Phone 8 update GDR 3, which in addition to features like orientation lock and Driver Mode, is needed to support 1080p displays. 

The Bandit is said to be testing on AT&T right now with plans to launch by the end of the year. Most rumors have put the Nokia phablet release sometime in November. 

source: The Verge

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posted on 19 Aug 2013, 11:17 5

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2147; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Why oh why did WP decided to go for the search button instead of the menu button? :'(

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 11:35 8

9. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Because the menu button is built into programs, no need to take up space for it. I love the search button, it lets me go right to Bing and find something rather than exiting what I'm doing and loading up a search tool or IE, or hold a multifunction button and select the search function.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 11:36 11

10. T00muchF00D (Posts: 98; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


because we don't want windows phone to be what garbage android is.....MENU'S WITHIN MENUS!!!! I see you comment about this frequently! we like having all our opition out in the open to be straight forward or if there are a small number of options to choose from its hidden as the non intrusive 3 dot image on the lower right. nobody but you likes menus within menus. you must like playing final fantasy games I guess. Simplicity my friend. sorry if I seem personal, I don't mean to seem as if I don't like you, im just like "man this guy with his menu button!"

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 11:45 1

13. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2147; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


But it's a distraction that the screen has the menu icon/bar

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 11:58 4

21. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1484; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Just get used to it buddy

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 14:36 7

44. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


No offence, but your rant about the search button has nothing to do with the article posted above.

The Nokia "Bandit" will likely provide exceptional speed, durability, as well as a kick-ass cam that is second only to Nokia's L1020 monster cam smartphone. The GDR 2&3 updates will bring forth the essential changes needed to give the competition something to worry about. Google's desperate action to block Microsoft's YouTube app are a good indication that things are finally headed in the right direction...

Nokia is on the right track.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 18:45 7

53. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


The fanboys need something to whine about now that WP is finally catching up in terms of Specs.
Android's dominant market position will be severely impacted over the next 12 months as more affordable, user friendly, low/mid end smartphones like the Lumia 625,720 and iphone 5C, begin to gain in popularity.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 22:12 1

78. skyline88 (Posts: 474; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


625? yes.
720? hell yeah.
5C? sorry not another iJunk.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 02:41 2

70. cam-whore (Posts: 164; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


this is so true. only shows how afraid google is since microsoft and nokia have both shown in the past what they are capable of. Google being so desperate to hurt MSFT and NOK...just so pathetic...

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 11:50 3

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Pressing and holding the menu button on every phone except the Nexus line brings up Google Now. I never used the Search button when I had my previous phones. Personal preference I guess.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 12:01 1

22. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2147; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I read somewhere that nothing happens when you hold the Menu key (or home).

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 12:11 3

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Works for every Samsung, HTC and LG phone I've used.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 12:52 1

35. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Holding the menu key opens multitasking, holding the home key opens Google Now, on HTC phones at least. I know Samsung is a bit different (plus they have S-Voice for some reason) but the idea is the same. I don't know where you read that, but the information must've been at least a year out of date.

Also, as far as the HTC One and its stupid 2-button arrangement is concerned, I saw somewhere that with a recent/future update they were adding a menu functionality to the home or back button. I'm not sure what it was though.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 14:03

40. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Svoice was DOA, Samsung has the standard setup that most Android phones have.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 11:38 3

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I also think that menu button would be better than search button.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 13:07 3

36. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Yes yes yes.....bring it on with win8. Just wanna see one time.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 17:40

51. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2283; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Lol @ 42MP

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 22:02

55. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You're mad because WP has it first.. Typical hater..

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 02:23 1

69. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


No, he was pointing out that there was a typo, it's a 41 MP camera, not 42. Also, Symbian had it first, not WP. Typical fanboy..

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 00:23

63. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


No, he meant that he saw a typo there. "but doesn't say it will be the same 42MP camera seen on the Lumia 1020"..

Please fix PA.. :)

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 11:17 27

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This is basically 90% of PA users' dream phone.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 11:18 7

4. Credo (Posts: 748; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


You are right lol

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 11:29 5

7. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Lol, you're funny.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 11:35 6

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Then I'm from these 10%.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 11:51 4

17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I am too. 6" is too big, and with Nokia's phones, they'll be the same size as the Galaxy Mega. Most of the users have complained about Nokia not releasing a phablet, and they may finally get it.

I'll take anything 5.7" or below. Anything over that is overkill.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 22:15

79. skyline88 (Posts: 474; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


if they can make it slim bezel like Mega 6.3 and not following the footstep of Z Ultra, then this 6 inch WP beast will be another strong contender in phablet battle.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 12:06 3

25. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1484; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Yeah it'll be a great device for sure.
coming up next a win8 tablet.
i loved those concept design of Lumia tablet

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 14:12

43. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I'm part of that 10%. 6" is way too big, plus WP is too young to be adopted as a mainstream OS. I wouldn't even consider buying a WP device for at least 2 more years, Android and iOS are just too far ahead.

posted on 19 Aug 2013, 22:19 5

57. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Obviously you have no idea what WP has to offer, and no idea what the majority of smartphone users need, and expect from a smartphone.. Too young for a mainstream device? You take mainstream, and popular,, well take quality, speed, performance, intuitiveness, innovation, features that you can actually use, modern interfaces, stable software, minimal fragmentation, next to zero malware, zero bloatware, exclusivity, industry leading support "from Nokia", NOKIA, NOKIA, NOKIA, plenty of quality apps, and more official apps coming literally everyday, and the thing that's best about WP right now is that uninformed people like you, who contribute to giving WP a bad name are adding fuel to the Microkia fire, and motivating them to bring WP fans devices like the 920, which was smartphone of the year, and the 1020, which has the mist advanced camera ever put on a smartphone... Not to bad for a young platform that's not yet worthy of being a "mainstream" alternative... I guess when the 1020 wins 2013 smartphone of the year some of your attitudes about WP might change because that will be a WP device that won against every Android, and iOS, devices two years in a row... But, people like you want what's popular... Take it,,, we'd rather have Windowsphone..

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 01:47 1

65. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I have used WP before, and I didn't like it. I don't like the UI, I don't like the lack of apps (though I'm sure it's gotten better since I used it), and there are just little things in the OS I don't like. Also, since I'm more integrated into Google than Microsoft, having an Android or iOS device makes more sense than having WP. WP just isn't for some people, and I'm one of those people, get over it.

What can you say about WP that iOS and Android don't already have? Nothing. And that's completely fine, because WP is still young, and nobody should expect it to compete with the top OS. That's why I said in a couple years when WP matures by getting more features, a bigger app store, and gets more friendly to those in the Google ecosystem, I'll consider switching.

The only thing that stands out on WP devices is the camera, and that's only true for Nokia devices. So, that's your trump card? A fancy camera? That's laughable. Yes, a good camera is nice to have, but it certainly doesn't make the phone the best thing ever.

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