Nokia Lumia 1520 specs review and sensor size comparison
20 MP PureView camera and 4 HAAC microphones
The exclusive part of Nokia's first phablet is its unique 20 MP camera with 6-element Zeiss lens, f/2.4 aperture, lossless zoom and optical image stabilization.
Lumia 1520 is as svelte as a 6" phablet goes at 6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34" (162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm), and the weight is clocked at 7.37 oz (209g) for the global release, as it will have a wireless charging coil built in. A large device by any means, yet not from the caliber of Sony's Xperia Z Ultra or the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. The phone will come painted in black, white, red and yellow at the onset, but more colors might be in store for it down the road, considering the polycarbonate nature of its shell.
Nokia has thankfully added a microSD card slot for storage expansions, up to 64 GB, 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 might entice you to make footage more often than usual.
162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm
7.37 oz (209 g)
179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm
7.48 oz (212 g)
151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm
5.93 oz (168 g)
167.6 x 88 x 8 mm
7.02 oz (199 g)
Screen resolution of the 6" display is expectedly 1080x1920 pixels Full HD LCD screen, or 367ppi pixel density at your disposal, allowing for an additional third row of Live Tiles for the first time in Windows Phone. The panel carries a PureMotion HD+ technology, which, coupled with Nokia's ClearBlack filter and sunlight readability tech, means we will have a bright screen with excellent contrast and reflectivity ratios, great viewing angles, vivid colors and ultra fast refresh rates.
Battery and connectivity
A beefy 3400 mAh battery is pegged to keep the lights on, which is on the high side, even for a phablet, and allows for some stellar endurance, especially in terms of talk time (25 hours) and video playback (11 hours). Standby with the sealed battery is also impressive at more than a month.
1. tusshharish (Posts: 341; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
Now here comes nokia with big bang..........
12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I am curious how everything comes together. The camera is certainly a high point. Hopefully the 4 HAAC microphones step up and do their thing.
But the biggest problem for Nokia is the stupid carrier exclusive in the U.S. Nokia could have the best smartphone of 2013, and they will still not sell as many as they would if the 1520 were available across all major carriers.
Carrier exclusive = Extreme Stupidity
18. greyhulk (Posts: 115; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)
I would be happy if the camera took fast pictures, on par with the iPhone 5s, but that may be asking too much. My one gripe on the 1020 was the slow shot-to-shot time.
20. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5536; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
True that on the shot-to-shot lag. Maybe this time around it gets fixed.
2. Beijendorf (Posts: 278; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
Except the select markets, this device is scheduled to be shipped in January 2014. By then there will be greater alternatives from companies that don't dwell in carrier exclusivities and globally record slow roll-out times.
Bon voyage, Nokia. If you return in 2015, please pick better bedfellows than a morally corrupt OS maker, single carriers with extortion-rates and some factory that can't handle global launch dates.
10. LumiaLover (Posts: 160; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)
Please reveal the greater alternatives to be rolled out and available to purchase by January 2014? Agree on the stupidity of carrier exclusives etc, but can't you just admit that Nokia have done a good job here?
13. Beijendorf (Posts: 278; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
I can't exactly say what smartphones will be out in January (though there are rumors of new releases in Q1 2014, including one from Nokia). What I can do however is look into the past. When Nokia released the Lumia 1020 it wasn't a terrible phone. By the time it was released where I live (Scandinavia, it was released here 4 days ago) there was the Note 3, Xperia Z1, iPhone 5S, LG G2 and so forth. Not to mention the talks of the upcoming releases.
The Lumia 1020 is passé by now. The mobile technology industry is moving forward at an intimidating pace, and if you hold a release up several months, you lose a lot of sales. For example, Samsung is already looking to release the Galaxy S5 early because the S4 sales are slowing down, even though it's only half a year old.
The Lumia 1520 looks to be a good phone with an intriguing design and neat functionality. I like it - I really do. But while I would buy it right away today (pending reviews), I would rather wait for the next big thing if I was given the option in 3-4 months time. Partially because of how fast the mobile technology is advancing, and partially to protest the ridiculously slow roll-out times Nokia is doing nowadays.
On a brighter note, it seems like Finland - the home of Nokia - isn't called a low-priority market for once with this launch.
3. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2273; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Ok... I'm seriosly starting to think that this might be the best phone in the world so far. Great finish Nokia! So sad Microsoft bought you...
17. cezarepc (Posts: 524; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
Three thumbs up. Overall, the best phone in the world. And that's an understatement.
4. andromede (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
i will buy this device just when it goes available !
7. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 75; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
thick bezel make it look more beautiful,good work Nokia
9. Beijendorf (Posts: 278; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)
Except it doesn't have particularly thick bezels compared to the competitors (LG notwithstanding, since they seem to be some sort of bezel wizards).
The reasons the bezels look thicker in many pictures is because of the black space in the Windows Phone homescreen, as you should know. Look at it when it shows an image instead, or with a white background and it's very comparable to other phablets.
8. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
definately sets the standarts of cameraphone
11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2365; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Bestest Nokia and WP ever...
with all round specs. and performance..
14. sergiobr (Posts: 393; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
That´s what I want to Android phones, camera ! But Nokia must produce 60fps video recording. Note 3 is capable of smoother videos !!! And ... cheaper. Still with my S3 and my Nokia 808 talking one to another via NFC.
19. rantao333 (Posts: 194; Member since: 21 May 2013)
note 3 loses in every aspect except the s pen & more apps
display - PureMotion HD + clear Black + LG IPS display!
battery life - month of standby, 11 hr playback etc
performance - windows scale better
camera - 20.7 mp with Carl Zeiss lens, OIS , DNG capture
microphone & recording - 4 mic
durability - u know what i mean
22. dratomic (Posts: 436; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
read note 3s review by gsmarena and then come here bark about it being inferior to this. btw I love nokia. but hate a restricted os like wp.
27. Gemmol (Posts: 491; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
hating the os is a different thing we talking pure specs this phone spec vs spec beat note 3 hands down
21. dratomic (Posts: 436; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
wow a third row of live tiles! you made my day. what a joke. put android on it and then we're talking. I would have chosen this over note 3 if it ran android
24. gigaraga (Posts: 503; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
The Sony and Nokia phones are way too big, and ugly. Samsung creates the best phablets and the other companies really should stop trying
25. mas39 (Posts: 40; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
You must be joking, Samsung. create the most ugliest and cheapest looking phones around, the Nokia 1520 easily beats the awful Note 3 in every department.
28. Gemmol (Posts: 491; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
lol way too big, you just a samsung fan, I bet if note 4 pick same size and copy nokia material you will retract your statement