The Nokia Phablet Leaks In Pictures!


You would have to be living under a rock, wearing a blindfold, and ear muffs to have missed the internet ruckus about an image of the purported Nokia Phablet, that was leaked to WPCentral today. Of course the rumours have been building, and though this is the first time we have seen the device, even in this prototype form, there was a previous image of the phones screen that appeared. Also it’s given name the “Lumia 1520” comes directly from well known leaker @evleaks.


With the GDR2 update still rolling out, in spurts, and making news on a daily basis, what’s more important is that this is the first Windows Phone we have seen running what will be the next iteration of the OS, GDR3.

The rumoured specs telegraph future changes we can expect to see in upcoming devices, from other OEM’s as well, support for quad core processors, 1080p res screens, thus more space for live tiles, and other titbits that have been filtering out that can not be verified.

The subject at hand though, looking at the supposed phablet, next to the Lumia 1020 in the image above, where and with whom, does it fit in the modern smart phone world?

Now a 6 inch device is not new, nor smaller phablets in the 5 to 6 inch range, but it’s a niche market and how many people will want a 6 inch Lumia?  Well I’m betting quite a few, but seeing the photo today it took me back to images of the iPad, and people using it to make voip calls holding it up to their heads like a phone. Even the cover/case on the 1250 is Apple reminiscent.

On the [big] one hand, I’m sure a lot of people would appreciate a bigger screen, but how mobile, easy to use, pocketable would it be?
Obviously it will be better for information/media consumption at all levels, but will it be a device for people on the go, or will it be more of a certain situation device?
Do you think it will be a device that spawns a range of companion devices, even possibly a connected watch in the future, to make it more useable?

Don’t get me wrong, I really believe Nokia is doing the right thing and covering all bases in the mobile space at the moment, and exploring, pushing the boundaries of Windows Phone for the future. This size of device definitely fits into a specific niche market though, and the question is will it fit naturally to your human specifications, or will you make it fit?

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4 thoughts on “The Nokia Phablet Leaks In Pictures!

  1. If Nokia didn’t do this, many would complain that they aren’t keeping up with the times and can’t compete with the gargantuan phones being made by Samsung.

    You’re absolutely right to say that Nokia is covering (that’s a big cover!) all their bases.

    I firmly believe there’s a market for a device of this size and no doubt, Nokia will have some exclusive apps that will put the hardware and screen real estate to good use.

    it remains to be seen how people can/will literally handle it, but those who can put it to good use, will find a way. Perhaps, these users will rely on a hands free setup so that they don’t look silly holding it against their ears.

    I for one, am very excited by this. I have yet to buy a tablet and while I like the Surface/Pro and some of the other offerings, I’ve always wondered if I’d be getting one only because I’d like the thought of having one, not because I’m going to put it to use. I’m always at home or at work and have access to a PC and when I’m on the go, my Lumia 920 allows me access to stuff I need most. Perhaps the 1520 will allow me to do a bit more on my phone, without having to drop money on a tablet.

    Anyways, these are some of my thoughts.


  2. I’m very excited at the idea of Windows Phone expanding into a new arena! Indeed the phablet market is a niche market at this point. However, we are in an era of rapid cycling of trends, niches, and fancies. I think the iPhone is a prime example of that. After countless iterations of the same device, a recognition on their part as to people’s morphing of technological tastes, a broadening awareness, and defined preferences are irrefutable.
    It won’t be for everyone similar to the Lumia 1020, but for those who are into the phablet concept, I think the Lumia 1520 will quickly become a “must have” device. It has a real opportunity to stand out in a not so crowded playing field, growing more awareness for WP. Unlike giant camera smartphones, there is a proven demand for phablets. Recent reports reflect an increase in phablet sales and shipments and signs show those numbers will increase rapidly. WP is not early to the phablet game, however they’ve managed to show up on time and that will result in much less of a battle to break into this market.
    I will definitely be purchasing 2 and can’t wait to see how Nokia optimizes the WP experience on such a nice size screen. I love using a Windows Phone as opposed to a PC and/or tablet, I need to be able to move around freely. I’ve seen many phablets holstered and I’ll be doing the same. 6 inches is as big as it can get before it loses mobility and becomes unmanageable in my mind.
    Great article and questions. 🙂

  3. I don’t particularly care for a six inch phone, but people do. And Nokia are doing what the combined Android OEMs are doing – covering the market. From low end, to high end, to niche products Nokia are releasing devices.

    It can only benefit the OS/ecosystem.

  4. My Wife has been saying that she wouldn’t mind having a Phablet, but I don’t know how mush of that is to do with the fact that the Samsung models have a digitizer and therefore they have some drawing and artistry apps for on the go. I have a feeling, to have it take off it will need to match the droids for features. Personally I don’t like having something too big up against my face, but having a portable device that could replace the notebooks and pencils I carry around for note taking would be a great idea. That was one of the best features of the old Pocket PC’s 🙂

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