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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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RE: Very Nice
By borismkv on 9/16/2013 5:04:20 PM , Rating: 2
I want my phone to be a phone. Windows 8 is a *fantastic* Phone OS for people who want their phone to be *gasp* a phone.

RE: Very Nice
By Reclaimer77 on 9/16/2013 5:21:42 PM , Rating: 2
I want my phone to be a phone.

What does that even mean? Everyone wants their phone to be a phone. And everyone makes calls with their phone. Pretty sure smartphones are pretty good at being a *gasp* phone these days.

Unless you still have an iPhone 4 and 'hold it wrong' heh.

RE: Very Nice
By CaedenV on 9/16/2013 9:05:00 PM , Rating: 3
You would be surprised. While a lot of the flagship smartphones make phenomenal phone calls, there are still a ton of low and mid-range devices that are jacks of all trades, and masters of none. This is in fact one of the many reasons HTC has so many issues. As a phone, they just sucked, even if they were mildly competent in other areas. Now they have fixed many of their issues (including the phone call issues by 'accidentally' stealing tech from Nokia), but it seems to be too little too late even though the HTC One may be one of the best devices of the year.

RE: Very Nice
By retrospooty on 9/16/2013 5:23:59 PM , Rating: 2
"Windows 8 is a *fantastic* Phone OS for people who want their phone to be *gasp* a phone."

That is the simplest most basic functionality that exists in any smartphone. They all do that and have since the 1st Treo and Blackberry. Most people want alot more, thus the birth of the smartphone.

RE: Very Nice
By Reclaimer77 on 9/16/2013 5:29:23 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure why anyone would buy a phablet JUST to make phone calls. Which is why I asked him to clarify his statement.

RE: Very Nice
By retrospooty on 9/16/2013 5:37:18 PM , Rating: 2
Now that I re-look at it, I think he is trying to say WP8 has better phone functionality than the others? Maybe?

I dont know. Like I said, the phone part is simple. Dial and send + a few bells and whistles.

RE: Very Nice
By seamonkey79 on 9/16/2013 6:16:28 PM , Rating: 3
I looked at my friend's WP8 phone and it knew who I wanted to call, even though they're not known by my friend, so it added them and dialed.

Could be that's what he means, because my Android never did that for me.

RE: Very Nice
By retrospooty on 9/16/2013 6:19:34 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see what you mean. Where did it get the #'s from if you didn't enter them, and they weren't already on that phone?

RE: Very Nice
By ClownPuncher on 9/16/2013 6:27:11 PM , Rating: 2
NSA app.

RE: Very Nice
By retrospooty on 9/16/2013 6:34:23 PM , Rating: 2
I thought that, but NSA takey, no givey LOL.

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