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Nokia Lumia 1520 (Bandit) to launch September 26th with 20 megapixel camera


The days of being a poorly kept secret are soon to be over for the Nokia Lumia 1520, as we’re hearing reports of an official unveiling that’s planned for September 26th.

The 6-inch superphone has been doing the rumour rounds for a few weeks now, with most of the information coming from The Verge and the ever-faithful @Evleaks on Twitter. Well, the latter source has come up with the goods twice in 24 hours, revealing a crucial detail on the phone’s rear camera and its supposed reveal date.

Without so much as a whisper of where the information came from, the Twitter tipster claimed last night that Nokia will reveal the phone later this month on the 26th. Then, in an unrelenting fashion, he confirmed that the phone will have a top-notch 20 megapixel PureView camera just earlier today.

To date we’ve spotted the phone previously codenamed ‘Bandit’ in a number of spy shots, with the most notable being a recent snap showing the phone clearly outsizing the already large Sony Xperia Z. We know that the 1520 will spot a 6-inch Full HD display – that’s a big 1920 x 1080 resolution – as well as a new version of Windows Phone which is currently dubbed GDR3.

With the launch pinned for September 26th we can expect Microsoft to also launch the new Windows Phone update around the same time, as the 1520 is thought to be the first phone to usher in the new software. GDR3 will bring in a number of changes for Windows Phone users, with the main ones being support for quad-core processors and Full HD displays. It’s thought that the Nokia Lumia 1520 will be the first Windows Phone to sport a glorious Full HD display.


The camera will be another of Nokia’s top-end snappers, likely to be sporting a Zeiss lens and Nokia’s PureView technology with image stabilisation. The sensor won’t be as large as the impressive 41 megapixel Lumia 1020 but will put the phone in direct competition with the new Xperia Z1 from Sony, which features a 20.7 megapixel sensor in a waterproof shell.