Nokia is jumping on the ‘phablet’ bandwagon as well but it was only a matter of time. The latest in the tech grapevine is that the Finns are working on a 6 inch device codenamed – Bandit (???) that will feature a full HD display resolution, a first for this OS. The handset will also come loaded up with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor of the Quad Core variety. In case you’re wondering, this Nokia will not be featuring PureView technology which is a bit of a downer but as rumors would have it, there’s a possibility that the Bandit will be packing in about 20 megapixles. Naturally that quantity will also help ‘shape’ the devices layout.
Polycarbonate is the latest in mobile chassis make up and a popular material with Nokia. The Bandit will therefore be built of the same light weight, but sturdy material and will hopefully employ a slightly better form factor. Nokia too has become rather complacent with their curved edges and colourful bodies. One report does however mention that it will be light and thin. It would be quite a thing to beat out the super thin, ultra light Xperia Ultra of course that ranges in the same size (but larger in fact). There’s also word that the Windows Phone 8 tiling system might also be tweaked to offer more visibility for frequently used apps and thanks to the larger size screen this would be most handy. This could also mean better utility of the added pixles.
The thing is, the WP8 OS and UI are so brilliantly constructed that works just as seamlessly on a low end model as it would on a high end device. So far however, display resolution has been capped off at 720p but because of the minimalist UI, it doesn’t really require higher definition. The fact is, Microsoft and partners like Nokia need to focus heavily on app development and deployment first rather than on upping the hardware ante on their devices. We know the system works and we know that WP8 tablets are the inevitable future but without App support, it could fail just as badly as RT. The Bandit is simply a form of natural technological progression. It’s due to launch before the year is out and so far, it seems to be in testing at the AT&T camp.
[via - Slashgear]