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Nokia reportedly testing 6in Windows Phone 'Bandit' phablet

Nokia is reportedly entering the phablet market, with a 6in Windows Phone device codenamed 'Bandit'.

The handset comes with a 1080p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, according to the Verge, which reports that this would be the first of many future 1080p Windows Phone devices.

A bigger screen means new dimensions for the Windows Phone platform, which is under construction, The Verge said, making way for changes like another Live Tiles column to take advantage of the extra real estate.

The phone is currently being tested by AT&T and is expected for launch later this year, according to the website. Bandit will come with a rear camera with at least 20 megapixels, housed under a slight hump at the bottom of the handset — similar to the Lumia 925.

Nokia did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Previous reports tipped an autumn release for a 5.2in Nokia-branded phablet and 10.1in Windows RT tablet.

The Finnish company isn't the only one playing with big-boy toys, though. Earlier this year, Sony launched its new 6.4in Xperia X Ultra smartphone.

Recent reports have suggested that Nokia could be running out of patience with Microsoft, with the company's VP openly stating that the Redmond-based firm needs to make improvement of the Windows Phone app store a real priority.