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Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs HTC One max specs comparison: in a world of phablets

Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs HTC One max specs comparison: in a world of phablets
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is here and it’s the first Nokia phablet, the name of a category of large-screened smartphones that came to be with the first Samsung Galaxy Note. Three years after Android kickstarted the phablet wave, Nokia has finally joined in with a large phone of its own, the Lumia 1520.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 comes with a gigantic 6” display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and it supports Sensitive Touch technology so you can operate it with your gloves on in the winter. It also features the latest Snapdragon 800 system chip putting it on par with phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Its biggest advantage seems to be the combination of that large screen with a very promising 20-megapixel PureView camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and dual-LED flash.

Unlike the Note series, the Lumia 1520 does not have an S Pen, nor are the apps there, so it is not exactly optimized for stylus use. On the flipside of things, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is the phablet with the largest battery of all latest phablets. It packs a 3400mAh battery, larger than the 3300mAh cell on the HTC One max and the 3200mAh on the Galaxy Note 3.

The 5.7” Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the 5.9” HTC One max are understandable its biggest rivals. Take a look at how it rates against the best phablets out there right below.

Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs HTC One max

Design
OSWindows Phone 8Android (4.4, 4.3)Android (4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3) Sense 5.5 UI
Dimensions6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 inches (162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm)5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches (151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm)6.48 x 3.25 x 0.41 inches (164.5 x 82.5 x 10.29 mm)
Weight7.37 oz (209 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (138 g)
5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (138 g)
7.65 oz (217 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (138 g)
Body material  Aluminium
Design features Stylus 
Display
Physical size6.0 inches5.7 inches5.9 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

368 ppi386 ppi373 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

IPS LCDSuper AMOLEDS-LCD 3
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness600 cd/m2 (nit)  
Camera
Camera20 megapixels13 megapixels4 megapixels
FlashDual LEDLEDLED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.4F2.2F2.0
Focal length (35mm equivalent)26 mm31 mm28 mm
Camera sensor size1/2.5"1/3.06"1/3"
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (60 fps)
FeaturesOptical image stabilization, Video lightDigital image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video lightContinuous autofocus, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Front-facing camera1.2 megapixels2 megapixels2.1 megapixels
Video capture1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300
Graphics processorAdreno 330Adreno 330Adreno 320
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR33072 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 533 MHz) / LPDDR2
Built-in storage32 GB64 GB32 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
Battery
Talk time27.40 hours
the average is 12 h (713 min)
25.00 hours
the average is 12 h (713 min)
28.00 hours
the average is 12 h (713 min)
Stand-by time32.0 days (768 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)
22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)
16.4 days (393 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)
Talk time (3G)25.10 hours
the average is 15 h (903 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 15 h (903 min)
25.00 hours
the average is 15 h (903 min)
Stand-by time (3G) 17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 30 days (709 h)
24.4 days (585 hours)
the average is 30 days (709 h)
Stand-by time (4G) 15.8 days (380 hours)
the average is 23 days (543 h)
 
Music playback124.00 hours84.00 hours 
Video playback10.80 hours13.00 hours 
Capacity3400 mAh3200 mAh3300 mAh
TypeLi - IonLi - IonLi - Polymer
Not user replaceableYes Yes
Wireless chargingOptional  
Technology
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz900, 1900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE800 (band 20), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz700 (band 17), 800 (band 18), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2) MHz800 (band 18), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2600 (band 7) MHz
DataLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 11 Mbit/sLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), , HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
Shopping information
MSRP price$ 749  


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posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:07 21

1. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


for me Galaxy Note 3

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:10 22

3. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 360; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Galaxy Note 3 is the undisputed king of the phablets 2013 with great features

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:31 9

10. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


The 1520 will be faster because of the light OS though. It's a shame that WP8 doesn't have many graphically demanding games to test the great hardware on!

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:56 5

15. Gemmol (Posts: 495; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


yep with the light os this phone should trump anything

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 09:40

42. himaz (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


what about xbox ??!! :)

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 04:01 10

18. rd_nest (Posts: 748; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


It's not just the hardware and large screen that makes a Note great. It's the software enhancements and S-Pen.

What is there in 1520 and One Max to make use of that huge screen? Is there anything that makes them different from One or a 920? None at all. They are just phones with 6-inch screen and nothing to take advantage of that.

Look at Note -- tons of features, S-Pen, multi-window etc.,

And don't forget the release dates. Nobody knows when One max will start selling. 1520 will start selling "later this year". LOL
By that time Samsung would have shipping 5million phones and they would have reduced the price of GN3 by that time.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 04:30 5

21. Gemmol (Posts: 495; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


I do not care which sell more thats for the company to think about.....but its like I wrote in the other articles only thing note have over 1520 is a pen that is it.....do not care for multi windows...and if you want to be real nokia have a ton of nokia features on its phones too so you make it seem like it have none....you forget about the driving app, camera app, and some other stuff, these are not created by microsoft this is by nokia.....plus im sorry to say it but our galaxy note got beat in all category.......1520 use real colors since it use ips and I love real colors......it have a bigger battery peep the specs music playback on note 3 is 80 something hours while the 1520 last 120 something hours.....since they both use same chips 1520 benefit more because droid need more power to keep from lagging but windows could run on low power and still not lag, so you could say this lumia phone using the full power of the chip.....I could keep going on and on but its true lumia 1520 win in all category except stylus......its time for me to say bye to my note

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 17:13 2

35. wilsong17 (Posts: 839; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


lmfaoooo you are smoking you dont even know what you can do on the note 3

you dont even owned one

spec wise the nokia win so what

you not getting anything that the note has

no to mention all the games and apps that android has

but life is free do we you want

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 20:26 1

39. heyhi (Posts: 123; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


spec wise?

1520 has the camera and battery

Note 3 has the ram and the S pen

i dont see why specs wise Nokia wins

a guy said android lags...every review i saw about Note 3 all the reviwers said lag free....also a user oh this thread said the same.

windows phone?? no thank you...if a windows phone were that good as some guy here is whining about, why almost every OEMs use android??

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 06:31 2

27. androiphone20 (Posts: 1401; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I don't really have any device (in discussion) that I favor but the man has a point -> Gemmol

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 06:33

28. androiphone20 (Posts: 1401; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I don't really have any device (in discussion) that I favor but the man has a point -> Gemmol

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 04:50 2

25. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Samsung = Cheap Build Quality

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 07:25 6

29. shuaibhere (Posts: 1303; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


really????
note 3 is durable as hell...go and search for note 3 drop test...then comment here...

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 17:14 1

36. wilsong17 (Posts: 839; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


we dont care

its the motor that count

beside i have mine in a case

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 03:44

40. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Is that all you can come with? Haven't you seen the drop test yet? The GNOTE III is a tank man! Camera and battery asides, the lumia got nothing on the GNOTE III. Not to mention that Android's miles ahead WP in term of features, productivity and support !

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:09 12

2. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


My new lineup:
Note3
lumia 1520
Xperia ZU

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:34 6

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7794; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Note 3
Xperia Z1
1520

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:11

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


Damn! That Lumia 1520 is STACKED!

Companies need to understand the real value of a phone like the Note 3 tho. It's pushing the limits of a smartphone yet it's still a smartphone. A 5.5-5.7" phone with the same slim dimensions of the Note 3 with a Lumia camera running Android would be perfect lol. In a perfect world.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:12 10

5. Shenoy (Posts: 22; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


LOVE THE LUMIA 1520

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:13 1

6. pyradark (Posts: 754; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


wheres Z ultra???

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 10:57

41. almostdone (Posts: 110; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


With the tablets...

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:16

7. adit38 (Posts: 23; Member since: 02 Jul 2013)


749 before vat??

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 05:05 1

26. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2548; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yes..but this thing is just gorgeous...

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:20 4

8. Doakie (Posts: 1200; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Wow. The One max looks pathetic now. I knew it's specs were down compared to the Note 3 but now this Nokia is a spec beast. Now it's only issue is Windows Phone. Google needs release Google apps for it in exchange for royalty breaks for Android OEMs. I'll still just go Note 3 personally.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:57

17. cc3493 (Posts: 155; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Google is a smart company. They will develop google apps, but very slowly as to minimise market share gain achieved.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:25 9

9. SingDaFire (Posts: 74; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


Lumia 1520 for me;)

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:35 7

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7794; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Note 3 for me. ;)

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:50 5

14. Adithya7184 (Posts: 311; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Note 3 FTW!!

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:56 4

16. Gemmol (Posts: 495; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


1520 for me

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 04:26 5

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7794; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Essentially a mini tablet to your face. Cool.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 04:31 2

22. Gemmol (Posts: 495; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


dont mind just make sure its the 1520 in my face

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 03:36 6

13. Gemmol (Posts: 495; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


who ever say galaxy note 3 after seeing this must be smoking well maybe not they may prefer droid apps, but hands down this the best phone.....and what makes this crazy that chip on a windows phone will make the benchmark go crazy.....we all know droid need more power to keep lag down, but windows never lag, so I am curious to know what will the extra power do

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 04:04 4

19. rd_nest (Posts: 748; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Lag = delta between user input and the intended output.

There can never be any device (mobile or enterprise) without lag. If you don't know something, keep your mouth shut.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 04:34 3

23. Gemmol (Posts: 495; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


lol this how you treat a fellow galaxy note user, well I do not care, all I know since I been on droid it lag but when use the same dual core in a windows phone which my mom use at the moment I never once seen that phone lag on dual core.....but I could name a lot of droid that lag on dual core....I may not know how it work but I know with galaxy note 3 and 1520 using same chip I know the 1520 will use it better since it use a less demanding os then the note 3

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 08:26 2

30. HouTexan (Posts: 306; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Cut it out. The 1520 is simply an oversized 920. Note 3 is still the King. Stop it.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 17:14 1

37. wilsong17 (Posts: 839; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


what lag bro

i have a note 3 i dont see any lag

you smoking or something

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 04:39 1

24. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 930; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


phablets aren't for me but well done Nokia you left with a bang !

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 08:28 1

31. newbey123 (Posts: 400; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Wow, have to say the 1520 is the better phone over the Note in my opinion. Good job Nokia, now make it run Android.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 10:26 1

32. Nayabandaa (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Most of Note users barely use stylus thing plus now that i too have used it, i can safely say, stylus of Note 3 is not that big of an advantage as many there makes it out to be. It is definitely useful but not by a big margin.
All in all 1520 has made the choice a little more simple now.. either Windows or Android because with 1520, all android flagships have lost those hardware specs which were keeping even windows guys from buying Nokias. Its all about the os now.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 10:27

33. Nayabandaa (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


* hardware advantages

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 10:39 1

34. Shenoy (Posts: 22; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


Now that an amazing device with so much of style...i just cant wait for a Nokia Lumia 41 MP aluminium phablet now....just hoping to hear more about it soon...that gonna the king of all phablets

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 17:18

38. _PHug_ (Posts: 380; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


No competition.

Note 3 wins
S-pen with pen optimized UI and apps + 3GB Ram

The Nokia is in 2nd but can't take it seriously because It's Windows + AT&T exclusive

The HTC is comical nice try

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