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Nokia details the Assertive Display tech on Lumia 1520, says that's the best mobile screen it's ever done

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Nokia details the Assertive Display tech on Lumia 1520, says that's the best mobile screen it's ever done

The Lumia 1520 elevates the excellent mobile displays on the Lumia range to a whole new level, thanks to the Assertive Display technology utilized, which we saw recently to be leaps and bounds ahead in terms of outdoor visibility in comparison with the iPhone 5, Xperia Z Ultra and Note 3.

We already had Nokia's High Brightness Mode and Sunlight Readability Algorithms on flagship Lumias, which could pump up an OLED display to the unprecedented 600 nits, and achieve stellar outdoor visibility, coupled with Nokia's ClearBlack filter tech.

Assertive Display, a technology developed by Apica, is a whole different approach, which adjusts the image on the screen in real time, depending on the lighting conditions and the image displayed, just as our eyes work, constantly adjusting to the environment around. "If the content on the screen is darker on the right than on the left, the pixels on each side will be stimulated differently to each other to maximize both visibility and quality," says Nokia.

That's a pretty granular level of detail we are reaching here, but the Finns also confirm that the Lumia 1520 will adjust perfectly not only outdoors, but inside too, dimming each pixel to the appropriate level. This way you won't burn your retinas when you have to check on something in the middle of the night while in bed, for instance. Nokia has chosen to place this technology in a rather niche phablet device like the Lumia 1520, but we hope to see it in future flagships too, now that the future is so closely tied with Microsoft's Windows Phone efforts.


source: Nokia

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posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:02 8

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8135; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Can't wait to demo this phone on Friday. :')

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:07 6

2. alterecho (Posts: 1079; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


"now that the future is so closely tied with Microsoft's Windows Phone efforts."
Thats painful.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:12 4

3. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


It looks great in the pics. cant wait to see how it competes overall. good luck nokia

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:19 11

4. xfire99 (Posts: 473; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


LOL, IP5 looks like a "baby phone" betweens them.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:21 8

5. ianbbaa (Posts: 196; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


haha iPhone looks like a poor stranger betwen those bigger brothers...

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:39 4

6. livyatan (Posts: 691; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Note 3 can hit 660 nits in automatic mode (as evidenced by the Display Mate professional display review site ), and has a near flawless color reproduction.
Also, a far superior contrast in comparison to this screen due to OLED technology.

GSMArena measured Lumia 1520' screen and came out with a near average readings for black level and overall contrast.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 15:01 4

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


Brightness isnt the only factor in sunlight visibility/readability. There are many factors that need to come into account, like type of glass, type of display, way the screen has been bonded, how much colour/light can transmit through the glass etc.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:47 2

7. livyatan (Posts: 691; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


..also, that comparison test was done without the adapt display enabled on the Note 3, revealing a typical Nokia attempt of unfair promotion and cheap shots on the competition.

The adapt display does basically the same thing with supercharging the screen brightness under the sun, and really dimming it significantly beyond the lowest manual brightness(confirmed by me) in dark rooms.. the only difference is Samsung is not yelling from the hilltops about it.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 09:56 1

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5719; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


You neglected to mention that the Note 3 is available on more than just AT&T in the U.S. Which is why the Note 3 will outsell the L1520.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 10:08

9. gymguy224 (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


I just wish Nokia made phones with android on them. I'm not willing to change my e-mail and music over to microsoft. I also don't want to be the last of my friends to get cool apps, even with using android I have to wait a while.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 11:10 2

10. bon24x7 (Posts: 205; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


"I'm not willing to change my e-mail and music over to microsoft." - Why would you have to change that if you're switching to WP?

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 12:22 3

11. papss (unregistered)


Another uneducated guess on his part with researching.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 17:21

13. gazmatic (Posts: 600; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


ummmm.... nooo...

windows phone has everthing integrated...

you dont even have to use bing if you dont want to...

all you are doing is changing from android to windows phone...

and of course because google doesnt support wp... you lose native google apps

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 23:55

14. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2586; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yeah... release it already...

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 09:23

15. Tumaini (Posts: 21; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


Now this is a really smartphone from Smart manufacturer, Nokia!! Kudos Nokia &WP
Android don't touch me..lol

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