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Nokia Lumia 1520 specs, release date, price roundup: 6" WP phablet to come with 20 MP camera and 4 HAAC mics

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Nokia will be going all out with its first phablet, it seems, as leaked Lumia 1520 specs today show that the company is throwing the kitchen sink of what it is capable to produce in mass quantities at the moment. It will be the best-equipped Windows Phone ever, and the one that will introduce the wonders of quad-core processors and Full HD displays to the platform for the first time. Let's recap what we've heard on the hush-hush so far about the Nokia Lumia 1520.

Design


First off, we should be getting a 6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 inches (162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm) handset, which are pretty good dimensions for a 6-incher, and the weight is clocked at 160g for the exclusive AT&T version, while the global release will weigh a tad more at 209g, as it will have a wireless charging coil built in. We've seen the phone leaked in black, red and yellow already, but more colors might be in store for it down the road. UPDATE: The phone also leaked in a cyan render, but whether or not this will stay just a render we'll find out for sure come October 22.

Nokia has allegedly added a microSD card slot for storage expansions, which is a good idea for a big screen phone, on which you are likely to keep many videos for watching on the go, plus the phone's PureView camera will entice to make footage of your own more often than usual. As for the SIM card, it will likely be of the nano SIM type, judging also from the piece on one of the leaked photos of the handset in the slideshow below.

Specs


Screen resolution of the 6" LCD display will be expectedly 1080x1920 pixels Full HD, or 367pi pixel density at your disposal. It is also to carry a PureMotion HD+ technology, which, coupled with Nokia's ClearBlack filter tech, means we will have a bright screen with excellent contrast and reflectivity ratios, great viewing angles, vivid colors and ultra fast refresh rates.

The processor that will be running the whole show is expected to be a quad-core Snapdragon 800, clocked at the respectable 2.2 GHz, which would make the Lumia 1520 the most powerful Windows Phone ever, coupled with its 2 GB of RAM. Sources are claiming also a 64 GB variant, which seems unlikely if we are going to get a microSD slot as well, but the 32 GB version is totally plausible. 

A beefy 3400 mAh battery is pegged to keep the Windows Phone GDR3 lights on, which is on the high side, even for a phablet, and should allow for a pretty good endurance, especially in terms of talk time and video playback. As any self-respecting smartphone with Snapdragon 800 chipset, the phone is likely to support most 4G/LTE networks you can think of, too.

20 MP PureView camera


We've arrived to the exclusive part of Nokia's first phablet, namely the rumored 20 MP camera with Zeiss lens, improved Panorama and optical image stabilization. These specs alone should make it the best camera on a phablet, but since the sensor is a scaled down version of the 41 MP monster in the Lumia 1020, it will also offer 1.8x lossless zoom in stills mode, and 4x for HD video capture. 

The maximum usable resolution is expected to be 18 MP in 4:3 aspect ratio, meaning we will be getting an oval sensor like in the 1020 flagship. The dual capture mode means you will be getting 5 MP images in automatic mode with the pixel-binning technology that combines the information of four or more pixels into a "perfect" one. There will be also a full 16 MP mode for the ultimate detail capture. 

The Nokia Camera app is said to come with improved saturation settings, meaning we will have some exclusives on the software side of things with the phone as well. Last but not least, the Lumia 1520 is listed to arrive with not one or two but four HAAC microphones, meaning that we might have a winner in the sound recording aspect not only among phablets, but smartphones in general, too.

Price and release date


The Lumia 1520 phablet is expected to become official on October 22 at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi, and Nokia is already teasing it with new Glance Background screenshots that show 15:20 as the hour. The AT&T exclusive for the company's first phablet is to start the clock in the second week of November, while global availability is scheduled for the beginning of December. Pricing? That 6" Full HD ClearBlack display, the quad-core Snapdragon and the 20 MP PureView camera with lossless zoom and OIS are unlikely to come cheap. The phone is expected to command a premium phablet price of $299.99 on an AT&T contract, while costing the flagship-worthy $749 without carrier subsidies, which is said to be the global version tag as well.

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posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:30 16

2. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


The good thing is that I live in Abu Dhabi

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:35 7

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5474; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Try to troll harder... :D

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:37 2

8. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


Im not joking I really live in abu dhabi

Well seeing u after a long time cow

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 08:52 8

28. saffant (Posts: 212; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Idiot.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:40

9. mahsani (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 May 2011)


Me too, can you please tell me that where in Abu Dhabi this event is taking place?

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:44 1

11. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


Near salaam street
Sector 13

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 04:18

45. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


BYOB!

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 08:45

71. mahsani (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 May 2011)


brother can you please tell me name of that place where is is going to take place in Abu Dhabi as I live very close to Sector 13 and I don't see there any area where such a Big event can take place, Also do we need any special invitation to go to the event or it is will be all allowed?

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:46 6

12. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


Dear nokia
Please make your own os

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:08 8

15. NAWF_SIDE (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Trolls gonna hate.......smh

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 22:37 1

51. BabylonShine (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Feb 2013)


I live in Mosul In Iraq , we might be the first ppl who recieve the mobile from UAE after KSA and the rest of gulf countries

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 06:38 2

57. JMartin22 (Posts: 762; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Dear Apple
Please be more original

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 10:16 1

74. jsdechavez (Posts: 701; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Oh.. Blackberry has its own OS. Nokia also did Maemo and then Meego with Intel. Look where they are now. Samsung also has Tizen and I don't have hopes for it.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 11:31 1

78. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Microsoft has already made its own OS.. It's called WP.. What are you talking about❔ Are you from earth❔

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:43 1

20. power_x (Posts: 216; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


and I live in Kuwait

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:36

40. Omar-BHR95 (Posts: 184; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)


i live in Bahrain

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 11:39

50. mohammed2222 (Posts: 31; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


i live @ qatar .

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 04:14

52. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 253; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


Bahraini here too

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 15:02

82. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3523; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I live in Arlington, Texas... Are you gonna buy the 1520❔

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 22:26

49. ShenAlJoker (Posts: 86; Member since: 19 Jul 2013)


Awsome!

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 05:21 1

56. Faris.alamoudi (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)


Where exactly if i want to search it in Google maps? I'm in Abu Dhabi too!

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 08:47

72. mahsani (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 May 2011)


Brother do tell me if you get the location...

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 08:48

73. EgyDroid (Posts: 104; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Egypt.......

One of a kind LOL!!!

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 10:16

75. jsdechavez (Posts: 701; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Philippines!!!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:32

4. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


Cheap!
Its more than "just pricey"

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:43 10

10. NAWF_SIDE (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Nokia take my money now!!!!!!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:56 7

13. NAWF_SIDE (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


LOL @ "the Lumia 520 the most powerful Windows Phone ever"

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:12 2

16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Daniel might want to correct that!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 05:57 19

14. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 72; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


6 inch, FHD display, 3400 mAh battery, S800 quad core 2Ghz, 2GB RAM, 20.7 MP camera with OIS, 32 GB with SD card slot, all under a 8.7 mm (160g) thin chassis sounds like a perfect build to me...

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:33 4

18. Altair (Posts: 323; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Yeah indeed. These specs gives this cutie really nice future proof. It will be a real pleasure to look videos with this thing. Not to mention some nice video recording with my GF, moaning added! :)

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 08:52 3

29. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 72; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


That 4 HAAC microphones might come in handy for you.. :D :P

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 09:45 2

31. akki20892 (Posts: 3324; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


and it just around 160g weight.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:13 2

32. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 72; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Yeah. They are certainly learning the trend quickly. I won't be surprised even if I see a Lumia 1020 Version 2.0 in a '925-like' slim/light-weight body. (This Finland company always has the habit of making it right the second time!)

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 11:38 1

36. akki20892 (Posts: 3324; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Yep, 808 and 1020 is son and grandson of n8.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:37 2

41. Omar-BHR95 (Posts: 184; Member since: 23 Dec 2012)


Don't forget wireless charging and 4 mics

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:46

59. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


its ll be a heavy weight champion
200+g
just wait n watch

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:17 4

17. papss (unregistered)


That's pretty impressive if true. Looks amazing too

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:36 11

19. amasog (Posts: 129; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


PA,

Once you have this phone, make an article comparing its camera against the Xperia Z1's. Since both packs 20.7 MP cam, you can dub it:

NL1520's vs XZ1's CAMERA SHOOTOUT: 20/20

or

NL1520's vs XZ1's CAMERA SHOWDOWN: BATTLE OF THE 20s

or

1 vs 1520: JAPAN'S FINEST VS FINLAND'S GREATEST

Do it before other techsite does.

What do you think guys? Is my suggestion appealing? :D

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:45 3

21. Beijendorf (Posts: 294; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


And in the extremely unlikely chance the Z1 wins, the conclusion can simply be "20/20=1".

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 08:46

27. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2525; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I'm Finnish but I hope Japan wins this one!

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 05:19

55. surajbalajr. (Posts: 5; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


(y) u are right :D

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 10:18

76. jsdechavez (Posts: 701; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


No hope for the Z1. Don't get me wrong because I love my Sony devices but nothing beats a Nokia super camera.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:47 1

22. Beijendorf (Posts: 294; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


If Nokia employs some of the technology they used for the 1520 in an updated version of the 1020, I may just have to write into my will "Buy it and place it on my grave", because I'll have drooled myself to death. This phone is nothing short of amazing as far as phablets go, now I want to see it in a 1025!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:01 3

23. taikucing (unregistered)


This is the Nokia I want.
Full HD, quad core snapdragon, 3400 mAh battery, good camera.
I hope windows phone OS will be better.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:53 3

33. mousesports (Posts: 243; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


WP OS is better and better every day

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 19:18

83. rgxVOiD (Posts: 433; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Still doesn't have the apps I need though, that's the sad story for me. I would've keep using it

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:39

24. wrm2013 (Posts: 142; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Over these #@$%&#@ exclusives.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:46 1

25. Alex123 (Posts: 210; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


This phablet will easily beat Xperia Z1 in general except OS.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 04:21

46. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


What do you mean by better OS? More Apps of better quality? More stability? Faster? More efficient use of resources (battery, etc.)? Easier to develop for? How are you measuring the better OS?

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 04:52 1

53. rd_nest (Posts: 743; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Which WP phone has more batterylife than the Android flagships? Anyone to challenge the GN3 or G2 for batterylife??

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 10:25 1

60. papss (unregistered)


Dude don't try and lull that sh-t.. i have a note 3 and it's not far enough better than my 1020 when used heavily. You can look at a sheet all you want but I have real world testing done by ME.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:54 2

26. drdaly (Posts: 33; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)


All these specs plus the build quality known of Nokia this phaplet is gonna be awesome,
And agree with the comment above that says: Nokia should Update the L1020 not all people able to handle a 6" phone

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 08:55 1

30. saffant (Posts: 212; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Looks like an amazing beast of a phone!

It's too bad the OS is not at ALL to my liking. I've used this/iOS/BB10/Android/Symbian, and WP would probably be 2nd last on that list. Even BB10 is a lot more intuitive imho.

Android of course takes the cake though, and iOS follows shortly after (an iPhone with 5" screen would be epic tho!).

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:02 1

37. freebee269 (Posts: 519; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


my list would be android first then wp8 second. for every person like you that doesnt like wp8 there's someone that does. but in the end it only matters to you what you like, rest of us dont really care.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:56

34. StreetNerd (Posts: 700; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


is it poly carbo or aluminium

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 10:59

35. Beijendorf (Posts: 294; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Clearly it's covered in that all new amazing bright yellow aluminium nobody has ever heard of.

posted on 19 Oct 2013, 08:56

65. hmmm... (Posts: 52; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


The Nokia n8 comes in blue, yellow and orange aluminium body.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:40

38. Beijendorf (Posts: 294; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Hey Daniel, you need to edit the article about the size. An actual image of a measurement of the device disproves the whole 152 mm height part (can't post links because I need to spam the comment section before it will let me - great rule there).

It's somewhere around 160-161 mm in height.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:49

39. GrapeEyes (Posts: 243; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


http://www.phonesreview.co.uk/2013/10/14/nokia-lumia-1520-further-images-and-full-specs-touted/

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 17:18

42. Beijendorf (Posts: 294; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Go to The Verge, check out the 1520 images, look at the one with a measure tape laid right on top of the device. It measures 160.5 mm from top to bottom. This other leak is completely off.

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