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?