Report: AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520 set for early November at $699 off contract, comes in four colors
AT&T is on board with picking up the 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520, which is expected to launch in early November according to one of our reliable sources. Windows Phone Central now has some further confirmation from a second person familiar with the matter.
The new info points to a planned Friday, November 8th launch date on AT&T for the colossal Windows Phone.
We can also confirm that the device will come in four colors, including red, black, yellow and white—most of which have already been revealed in either leaked photos or renders. Evidently, cyan for AT&T is a thing of the past as the Lumia 920 was the last phone to feature that hue.
Pricing for the 6-inch tablet with a 1080P display is purportedly set for $699 off-contract, making it easily one of the most expensive Windows Phones to date and equating what the Lumia 1020 originally launched at for Microsoft Stores (AT&T themselves may aim for a lower $650 range for the 1520).
An on-contract price has not yet been discerned, though it is safe to speculate that it could launch at the $299 price point like the Lumia 1020. Considering the high end technology found in the Lumia 1520 and the general price range for large-screen devices, this should not be a surprise.
The Lumia 1520 has yet to be announced by Nokia, but the device is all but confirmed at this point due to the numerous leaks over the last few months. Originally planned to be declared at the end of September that event has reportedly been postponed according to various sources.
Evleaks has recently suggested Tuesday, October 22nd as a launch date, but we’re confident that is simply the big press announcement with availability occurring two weeks later on November 8th. That process will reflect AT&T’s recent Lumia 1020 and Lumia 925 ‘announcement versus availability’ schedule.
Photo via the Verge
The Lumia 1520, codenamed ‘Beastie’ for AT&T according to our source, will feature a massive 6-inch 1080P display, 32 GB of internal storage (with microSD expansion), Snapdragon 800 CPU and a 20 MP rear camera. The polycarbonate design will make it literally feel like a “giant Windows Phone” and the alleged 3400 mAh battery should keep the device powered throughout the day.
Recently, Nokia has been caught testing alternatives to the word “phablet” for marketing purposes. The term phablet brings some controversy as a lot of people have a knee jerk negative reaction to the designation. Unfortunately, a substitute is not as easy to come by.
Since schedules and approvals can shift, the November 8th date should be understood as tentative until an official announcement is made by AT&T and Nokia.
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