The Nokia Lumia 1520
has finally broken cover and it is Nokia’s first phablet, a device with a gigantic 6-inch display, an ambitious 20MP PureView camera and top of the line Snapdragon 800 system chip.
The Lumia 1520 throws in a few neat features like wireless charging, awesome audio recording and advanced camera features, and if you are not scared of its size and AT&T exclusivity in the United States, those would definitely sound alluring. However they are not all that's new in Nokia's first effort in phablets.
We've summed up all novelties and essentials there are to the newcomer Lumia 1520 in the slideshow below, take a look.
Nokia Lumia 1520: all new features
Nokia Lumia 1520: all new features
1. First Nokia phablet
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the company’s first phablet - prior to that the largest Nokia Lumia Windows Phone was the 4.7” Lumia 625.
2. It’s large - larger than most other phones
A phablet is by definition a large device, but the Lumia 1520 is simply gigantic. It is much bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One max.
3. 6” 1080p full HD super-sensitive screen
In another first, the Lumia 1520 gets the first 1080p full HD display on a Windows Phone, and this screen is 6 inches in size. Moreover, it is super sensitive meaning you can use with your gloves on in the winter.
4. 6 Live Tile rows
The increased screen real estate allows for more Live Tiles and instead of four, you can now place as many as 6 Live Tiles (small) in a row.
5. Comes with 20-megapixel OIS PureView camera
The biggest focus on the Lumia 1520 is its 20-megapixel PureView camera with optical image stabilization.
6. 2x lossless zoom
Having so many megapixels allows Nokia to do some of its PureView magic and present users with 2x lossless zoom. The mechanism is virtually the same as on the Lumia 1020, but the maximum possible magnification is less.
7. Camera shoots raw DNG
Another great news for professional photographers and aspiring image editors is the support for raw DNG shooting. DNG images are not compressed and preserve original sensor information that you can freely edit.
8. Nokia Camera on board
The Lumia 1520 comes with the brand new Nokia Camera application that seems to unite the Pro and Smart camera apps. The application comes with three modes with separate buttons so you can shoot directly stills, video or shoot a “smart” burst of images to pick the best one of.
9. Storyteller app puts all your photos on a map
The new Storyteller feature is embedded right into the gallery so now you can zoom out on an image to view it on a map with all locations where you’ve snapped images.
10. Microsoft Office comes on board
As with all Windows Phones, Microsoft Office comes on board for free. A great productivity tool.
11. Snapdragon 800 chip inside
The Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core system chip under the hood allows Nokia to finally have a smartphone that not only runs smoothly, but is also competitive hardware-wise with the latest Android devices and the iPhone.
12. New cover that doubles as a stand
Nokia has also introduced a new cover for its first phablet and it doubles as a stand. Neat!
13. Four HAAC mics allow recording hi-def audio
Most other high-end smartphones come with two microphones, but Nokia takes this to another level by including a whopping four microphones on its Lumia 1520. All of them are of the proprietary HAAC type capable of capturing both lows and highs, so you can take your phone to a concert and actually capture usable sound.
14. Nokia Lumia 1520 to support wireless charging
As has now become customary for high-end Nokias, the Lumia 1520 comes with wireless charging built right inside so you can just put the device on a Qi compatible charger and juice it up.
15. Coming exclusively to AT&T (but also internationally) by year-end
Finally, if you like all of this, you’ll be able to get the Nokia Lumia 1520 on AT&T by the end of the year. AT&T will be the exclusive carrier for the United States, however Nokia will launch the device outside the US by the end of the year as well. The off-contract price rings in at the quite high $750 off contract and our guess is that with a 2-year contract the phone will set you back a whopping $299.