The outrageous rumor du jour this beginning of the week calls for something even wilder from Nokia than the increasingly believable Android-running Normandy handheld, namely a Lumia 1520 mini with double the zip of Sony’s “unapologetic” Xperia Z1 Compact.
Before sinking our teeth in the actual gossip, let’s underline it fits the profile of a Nokia fan’s wet dream rather than precociously declassified secret information out of the OEM’s labs. Also, there’s no concrete proof supporting its legitimacy and, to be frank, it sort of defies common sense, so for now be sure to take it as an extreme “what if” scenario.
Disclaimers and warnings behind us, the so-called Lumia 1520V (aka 1520 mini) is tipped to take the “mini me” concept to a whole new level, basically mimicking its big brother’s top-shelf specs while keeping things modest in the size department.
As such, the display shall measure just 4.3 inches, yet still boast 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (aka Full HD) resolution, the Snapdragon 800 SoC and 2 GB RAM will be fully preserved, as will wireless charging and the rear camera’s PureView technology.
Granted, the main snapper’s sensor is to be shrunken, from 20 to 14 MP, and the battery capacity too, from 3,400 to 3,000 mAh. Wait, what? How could Nokia ever accommodate a monster 3,000 mAh cell inside a compact 4.3-incher?
For crying out loud, the Z1 Compact “barely” packs a 2,300 mAh cell. And Sony’s punchy midget is no supermodel, measuring a “healthy” 9.5 mm in thickness. So either the Lumia 1520 mini is to “rock” a 13 mm or so profile, or today’s rumor is way off base.
For that matter, the 1,080p resolution sounds equally as bewildering, since it would produce a staggering (and likely pointlessly so) 512 ppi pixel density. Bottom line, and I hate being a party pooper, there’s no way any of this will pan out.
Well, maybe the Lumia 1520 mini is real. But the best you can hope for is a 4.3-inch 720p panel, S800 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 2,300 mAh battery and 32 GB built-in storage (with no microSD support). Not quite as astonishing, but hey, it’d still make for a solid mid-sized, high-end Windows Phone player.