The Nokia Lumia 1520 has been somewhat of a surprise hit since its launch in the Windows Phone world. The device is currently one of the largest on the market, and at 6-inches in size it is hard to ignore, but if you were planning on buying one you might want to wait just a little while. Thanks to post by @evleaks on July 7, it seems as though Nokia and Microsoft are planning to release a follow up device to the 1520 called the 1525.
Earlier on this week there was a rumor that T-Mobile may be getting a exclusive new Windows Phone device to to rival the 1520 phablet that is available on AT&T's network, but along with the rumor about the release of the 1525 came another snippet of information that suggests that this device will not be a carrier exclusive.
The Lumia 1525 will reportedly use new silicon from Qualcomm in the shape of the Snapdragon 801, which is a good, but not substantial upgrade from the Snapdragon 800. The device will reportedly retain it's 6-inch HD display, and the the impressive 20-megapixel camera that can be found on the 1520 might be bumped up to a 25-megapixel or even a 30-megapixel PureView sensor.
The rumors suggest that that the 1525 may get up to 3GB of on-board RAM, and could indeed use the Dual-Sim feature that is powered by the Snapdragon 801 processor. There are expected to be two versions available at launch, one with 32GB of storage space, and another with 64GB. In terms of operating system, the new Lumia 1525 is expected to launch with the highly anticipated Windows Phone 8.1, which will include the new speech recognition software known as Cortana. Cortana is Microsoft's answer to Siri and Google now, and Microsoft are hoping it will revolutionize the way consumers interact with their smartphones.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a great device with a great display, and it really shows just what Windows Phone and Nokia are capable of, but the 1525 may well be one of the last Nokia branded smartphones to be released. Nokia recently sold all naming and hardware rights to Microsoft, so in the future Windows Phone devices will simply bear Microsoft's name.