Nokia Bandit Screenshots Back Up Windows Phone 8 GDR3 Rumors
A screenshot taken from what is allegedly the Nokia Lumia Bandit, a smartphone that’s rumored to feature a 6-inch display, seems to confirm at least one of the features slated for Windows Phone 8 GDR3.
Twitter leaker @EvLeaks shared the screenshot over this morning. In it, a device’s Windows Phone 8 Start Screen can be seen with three square sections that are filled with Live Tiles. Rumors indicated that to support 1080p displays Microsoft would add an extra row of Live Tiles and cut down on the Start Screen’s border. Those reports also indicated that Windows Phone 8 GDR3 would bring 1080p display support to Windows Phone. This image seems to back up both of those claims.
Windows Phone 8 GDR3 is also rumored to include support for screen orientation lock, a driving mode that’s triggered automatically by a device’s sensors and enhanced Live Tiles.
While Windows Phone 8 users may find the added row of Live Tiles useful – certainly more useful than if Microsoft would have simply enlarged the two existing rows of Live Tiles on devices with 1080p displays, even in this photo the added Live Tiles seem to push the Windows Phone 8 aesthetic is far as it can go without seeming jumbled and too busy.
Current Windows Phone users would get access to Windows Phone 8 GDR3 at some point in the future, however it’s unlikely that devices that aren’t capable of displaying a larger resolution will actually ever see the extra row of Live Tiles. The Nokia Lumia Bandit would ship with the update already installed. All told, a roll-out of Windows Phone 8 GDR3 wouldn’t be too different from the roll-out of Windows Phone 8 GDR2 after it debuted on the Nokia Lumia 925.
As for the Nokia Bandit phablet itself, according to EvLeaks the device will be known officially as the Nokia Lumia 1520. While not much else is known about the device, all reports have pointed to the device having a 1080p display, a rumor backed up by today’s leaked screenshot’s dimensions.
Many outlets expect Nokia to announce the Lumia 1520 along a new tablet device at in event on September 26th.