By Stephen Schenck | September 8, 2013 9:48 PM
Leaks have been coming fast and furious for the Nokia Lumia 1520, expected to be released as the first full-blown Windows Phone 8 phablet. In just over a week, we’ve gone from our first glimpse of the hardware, to leaked screenshots, and even a press render. Today we get to see things stepped up a notch, with a whole load of new 1520 imagery leaking.
This new look at the six-inch tablet already begins to answer a few questions. For instance, that render gave us our first look at the phone’s rear, where we caught more than a whiff of Lumia 925 inspiration. We spotted five little dots up top, and wondered if they might be contacts for some sort of dock or case accessory. We dismissed the possibility of them being a speaker grille at the time, mainly because that’s not the look we’re used to from Lumias, but sure enough: in this new imagery, the five holes are clearly too small to be anything but a speaker or microphone. Maybe for some HAAS mic action, or stereo mics for video recording? There’s also the regular speaker grille we expect down below, an area obscured in that prior render.
We also see more of that GDR3 software, and there’s even Nokia’s Bittersweet Shimmer software package – itself already revealed in a separate leak – making an appearance. From the hardware to the software, this all looks quite polished, and based on the proximity of when we started seeing Lumia 1020 leaks of this quality prior to the phone’s actual launch, it doesn’t feel like it will be too long at all before the 1520 itself goes official.