By Stephen Schenck | October 21, 2013 5:43 PM
Apple’s not the only one with big news coming soon, and in just a matter of hours, Nokia’s throwing a Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. There’s a lot to cover here, so let’s dive right in to the device that feels like it’s the nexus of this announcement, the Lumia 1520.
Well, it wasn’t always the 1520 – not to us anyway. We’ve been talking about the general idea of a phablet-sized Lumia for a while, and back in August, that started taking shape as a phone codenamed Bandit. Before the month was out, we heard that Bandit might launch as the 1520, and our first look at fully-assembled hardware followed just days later.
The leaks kept coming in quick succession, and we saw the first screenshot and first full-on render of the hardware drop the first week of September. Those were followed by better and better pic of the phone itself. Back then, a September launch sounded possible, but it wasn’t long before that was dismissed in favor of October. Finally, we got a hard date from Nokia: October 22.
In fact, word quickly arrived that this wasn’t just going to be a Lumia 1520 event, but could feature significantly more hardware: half-a-dozen some models. We’ll get to those in just a second.
More recently, we’ve seen leaked cases, and heard about possible color options for the 1520. It should have a six-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 20-megapixel PureView camera, run a Snapdragon 800 SoC, and be available with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. Of course, that 1080p screen and quad-core chip mean shipping with WP8 GDR3.
So, besides the 1520, what else have we got? Well, we could see some other Lumia phones. There was mention of an 1820, but that one doesn’t sound particularly believable. Much more likely to make an appearance is the Lumia 929. This one’s been showing up in leaks since last month, and sounds like it could feature much of the same hardware as the 1520, albeit with a smaller display. We’ve seen signs of the hardware for Verizon, and heard that it could sell as soon as November 6.
There’s also been talk of a Lumia 1320, though we’re not quite sure what to think of it. It might be another carrier variant of the 929, or it could be a substantially different phone – a follow-up to the Lumia 625, in particular, making it much less high-end.
We’ve also heard about a Nokia “Glee,” another lower-end phone, but with some sort of emphasis on music. The model might launch as the Lumia 525.
Beyond the Lumia phones, there should be a few Asha models, if you care at all about those, as well as some new accessories. The NFC and Bluetooth-using Treasure Tag is looking confirmed, as is the Nokia “Guru,” which is either an MP3 player, Bluetooth headset adapter, or both. Talk of a smartwatch was flying around, but we’re not betting on actually seeing one.
OK, that covers handsets and accessories, but this event could also lay out a new path for Nokia, as it branches out into Windows RT tablets. We’ve been talking about a 10.1-inch RT tablet under development as codename Sirius. We heard some early hardware specs, like a Snapdragon 800, 1080p display, and 2GB of RAM, as well as some stabs at weight and thickness.
Last month, that Sirius codename gave way to a possible launch name: the Lumia 2520. We’ve heard about the possibility of a kickstand, though of a much different design from what we’re used to on Surface tablets. Pricing sounds like it could be close to $500, and sales could begin mid next month. We’ve seen renders of the tablet in red and blue, and also heard that it may be released in black and white.
Maybe more so than with the new phones, the public’s eyes are going to be locked on this tablet, eager to see how it fares against Microsoft’s own offerings.
All this will be going down overnight, but be sure and check back with us tomorrow morning to learn just what Nokia had to share, and to get our opinions on all the company’s news.