It's time to talk Nokia codenames, and two separate leaks point to the fact that Nokia's debut 1080p Windows Phone will be a 6in phablet currently known by the codename Bandit.
The Verge namechecked the Windows Phone 8 GDR3 handset courtesy of the usual “sources familiar with Nokia's plans” route, before it was included separately in a longer list of Nokia codenames tweeted by @evleaks.
There has been plenty of noise lately surrounding big-screened Nokia Windows Phones, particularly with GDR3's release expected over the next few months – it being the update to WP8 that will bring support for both 1080p display resolutions and quad-core processors.
According to The Verge's sources the Bandit will be “the first of many” Nokia smartphones to tick both those boxes, but will have a few other tricks up its sleeve too.
It will reportedly come with a rear camera boasting “at least 20 megapixels” of shooting power, which will see it sporting a Lumia 925-like bulge in its polycarbonate shell, though the handset is otherwise described as being “thin and lightweight”.
The site claims the Bandit is currently under testing with AT&T, and is likely to go on sale in the US before the end of the year. Rumours have surfaced recently that Nokia's debut quad-core Snapdragon full HD smartphone will be announced at a two-day event in New York at the end of September, which could fit in with this latest news – time will tell.
The @evleaks list of codenames put out today doesn't go into any details, but refers to the Bandit alongside the names Lanai, Orion, Pegasus, Rivendell, Shorty and Siruis (surely Sirius) as titles of upcoming Nokia handsets.
Given previous form we can assume some of these are cheaper Asha feature phones, and there could be carrier-specific variants of the same device among the model names too, so it may be best simply to file this away for future reference for the time being.