Nokia's 6-inch class tablet, the Lumia 1520 "Bandit" may be just weeks away from its launch, but there's an even bigger product taking shape at Espoo, and as some of you may have heard, it is codenamed "Sirus." A few more pictures, press-renders, and specs of the device surfaced.
To begin with, "Sirius" is a 10-inch class tablet, with its 10.1-inch full-HD screen. It can't be described as a "phone" by any standard, so Nokia can't deploy Windows Phone 8 on it, which it got away with, on "Bandit." Instead, Nokia deployed the other ARM-friendly operating system from Microsoft, Windows RT.
Windows RT isn't held back by any screen-resolution or multiprocessor constraints, as Windows Phone 8 (at least ahead of its much-hyped GDR3 update). The tablet hence runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, which packs a quad-core Krait 400 CPU clocked at 2.30 GHz, with blistering fast multi-core graphics. The chip is backed by 2 GB of RAM, various storage options, and 10 hour battery life that's setting out to rival the 9.7-inch iPad.
The bigger you tablet gets, the lower you can get with your primary camera resolution (and get away with it). The same holds true with "Sirius," which is now rumored to feature a 6.7-megapixel camera. The tablet is expected to stick to the brightly colorful design scheme characteristic of a Lumia. There's talk of "Sirius" weighing in at 1.3 lbs (about 590 g), but it won't stop there. Nokia is planning a "Power Cover" for the tablet, which is much like the Touch Cover for Microsoft Surface.
Nokia is expected to at least tease the Sirius in its grand September 26 launch event for the Lumia 1520. The tablet is expected to go head-on against Apple's 5th generation iPad.