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Nokia's biggest Windows Phone yet sees its unveil bumped a month, but that shouldn't impact its Nov. sale date

Like many rumors, reports that Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) subsidiary Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V) would unveil its upcoming Windows Phone 8 GDR3 six-inch phablet at a Sept. 26 press event in New York City proved premature.  Nokia reportedly opted to bump that unveil date till Oct. 22, according to WPCentral and the @evleaks Twitter account.

While fans and those curious will be disappointed at the wait, the later unveil actually makes more sense as the device itself doesn't start shipping (reportedly) until November.

Meanwhile image leaks continue.  A user of Chinese microblogging site Weibo posted an image purportedly of a Lumia 1520.  Mysteriously, though, the device is branded with a Verizon Wireless logo.  AT&T, Inc. (T) previously had been rumored to get the device first.  But it now looks like Verizon Wireless -- now a sole subsidiary of Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) -- may get a piece of the action as well.

Lumia 1520
A Lumia 1520 leaked shot shows Verizon Wireless branding. [Image Source: Weibo]

A second leak, from a Chinese telecommunications regulatory employee testing the upcoming device (as noted by CtechCN), reveals/confirms the following spec for the device:
  • quad-core Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Snapdragon 800 SoC
  • on-die LTE (via Snapdragon chip)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage
  • 20-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 6-inch 1080p (1920x1080 pixel) display
Pictures of the device (above) also were leaked by the employee.

Nokia Lumia 1520 Nokia Lumia 1520
More reported Lumia 1520 shots [Image Source: CTechCN]

Sales of the Lumia Windows Phone started slow, but have been picking up steam of late.  Nokia's colorful designs and strong camera hardware, paired with Microsoft's distinctive new UI propelled Windows Phone to be the fastest growing platform in Q2 2013.

That fresh success has rivals taking note.  For example Apple, Inc. (AAPL) moved away from its typical industrial designs, releasing the iPhone 5C, which took design cues from the iPod Nano (painted metal) and the colorful Lumia.  It could be argued that the iPhone 5C borrows most strongly from the Lumia's design cues, given its plastic body (versus the metal in the iPod Nanos).  Analysts were not impressed by that effort from Apple, which some decried as a "me-too" product.

Sources: CtechCN, Weibo, WPCentral, @evleaks on Twitter

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One bad thing
By Mitch101 on 9/16/2013 3:55:17 PM , Rating: 2
I love Nokia and Windows Phone but they are going to have to recall their commercial making fun of the enormous phone.

RE: One bad thing
By ClownPuncher on 9/16/2013 4:01:40 PM , Rating: 2
I was really hoping this would be between 4-5". Too big for me, but nice specs nonetheless.

RE: One bad thing
By Belard on 9/16/2013 4:29:32 PM , Rating: 2
They do... its called the Nokia Lumia 1020. Its a 4.5" screen with 1280 x 768.

RE: One bad thing
By ClownPuncher on 9/16/2013 6:04:24 PM , Rating: 2
That's not what I'm asking for. I'm asking for the specs on the 1520 to be in the same size phone as the 1020.

RE: One bad thing
By CaedenV on 9/16/2013 9:34:12 PM , Rating: 2
Just wait for the 940 or whatever the refresh will be of the 900 series. I am sure we will see similar quad core + 2GB of ram on it. It will probably not have the expandable storage though... but maybe a 64GB variant will be available to make expanded storage unnecessary? Also unlikely to have a 20MP shooter, but 8MP is plenty of pixels so long as we continue to get better pixels and optics with the refresh.

RE: One bad thing
By Mint on 9/16/2013 4:44:53 PM , Rating: 2
Nokia isn't mocking large displays in that ad. They're mocking how iSheep hate (and are maybe jealous of) larger phones. It's a observational humor of iOS and Android fans arguing with each other online, and you don't have to look any further than DT to see it in action.

The Lumia 920 isn't a small phone. It's as heavy as a Note and as large as 5" phones.

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