Nokia Lumia 1520 is here: first quad-core, Full HD, 20 MP Windows Phone flaunts record four mics

Nokia Lumia 1520 is here: first quad-core, Full HD, 20 MP Windows Phone flaunts record four mics
Move over, whimps, the Lumia 1520 is here. Nokia's long-anticipated first phablet just got official and looking at specs alone it might be considered the best one out there.

All the good things we heard about it turned out real, and then some, but the handset also marks a watershed moment for Windows Phones, as it ushers them in the world of quad-cores and huge 1080p screens, which has been an Android domain so far. 

Let's recap what Nokia just unveiled:


Lumia 1520 is as svelte as a 6" phablet goes at 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm, and the weight is clocked at 209g for the global release, as it will have a wireless charging coil built in. The phone will come painted in black, white, red and yellow, 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, 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. As for the SIM card, it is of the nano SIM variety, so we'd better get used to that format.


Screen resolution of the 6" display is expectedly 1080x1920 pixels Full HD LCD screen, or 367pi 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.

The blazing processor running the whole show is a quad-core Snapdragon 800, clocked at the respectable 2.2 GHz, which makes the Lumia 1520 the most powerful Windows Phone ever, coupled with its 2 GB of RAM, and the first quad-core Windows Phone to boot.

A beefy 3400 mAh battery is pegged to keep the Windows Phone 8.1 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). As any self-respecting smartphone with Snapdragon 800 chipset, the phone is to support most 4G/LTE networks you can think of, too, plus NFC, A-GPS+GLONASS, WLAN, (2.4/5Ghz) a/b/g/n/ac, ╬╝USB,  and BT 4.0 LE, of course.

20.7 MP PureView camera

We've arrived to the exclusive part of Nokia's first phablet, namely the unique 20.7 MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens, improved Panorama and optical image stabilization. These specs alone 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 2x lossless zoom in stills mode, and 4x for HD video capture.

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

There is a new Nokia Camera app that combines all the ragtag Lumia camera modes so far, with improved saturation and other settings, so we are getting exclusives on the software side of things with the phone as well. There is also the new Storyteller app, which combines the HERE mapping capabilities with your photos and videos, creating a seamless story for you wherever you've been. Last but not least, the Lumia 1520 is listed with not one or two but the record four HAAC microphones, meaning that we might have a winner in the sound recording and call quality aspect not only among phablets, but smartphones in general, too.

Price and release date

Pricing and availability? Nokia's stellar phablet should be available next month, but that 6" Full HD display, the quad-core Snapdragon, four HAAC mics, 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 on an AT&T contract, while confirmed to be costing the flagship-worthy $749 without US carrier subsidies, and that is to be the global version tag as well.  

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Lumia 1520
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh(25.1h 3G talk time)



1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012



Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Fantastic Phablet ..


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

HURRAY its LG's IPS LCD panel with nokia's clearblack.. this is going too ROCK THE HELL ... woww ..... PERFECT... Only god knows what is the real colour on Amoled Screeen !!! i know its differencee very very well.. its not small !!!!!!

2. Pdubb

Posts: 250; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

Wow! I think that covers it! Fingers crossed and waiting.

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Seriously, it's been a looooooong time coming for Nokia to release something that's patworthy despite the OS that is improving too. This is the resolution, battery capacity, screen size/quality and camera to be featured in a top-end large phone nowadays, and albeit on the heavier side (very heavy side), it looks to be the only capable device to put up a fight against the Note 3. Hell, even the price tag is justified here, nothing is left out unless you are a fan of the sylus.

25. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

1520 is the best there is no competition with windows light os and this chip there is nothing stopping this phone

27. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Except the near $800 price tag...

33. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I am on AT&T I will use my upgrade so I am not paying that.....sorry for others but this phone is mines...its already in AT&T system just waiting for the day to preorder

55. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Xperia Z Ultra is very good too (cameras apart,no comparison here),same SoC,better designed,screen is wondrous,IP55/58 certified,but bulky as a TV in your pocket

4. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Looks incredible! I'd actually considering ditching my Note 3 for this IF it ran Android.


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

oww expected AMOLED panel But LCD we got .. is it IPS LCD ?

12. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013


18. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

i think this panel would be better than an AMOLED panel WP UI offers only 2 background colors.. black n white. With an AMOLED panel, people will be horrified at the thought of using the white background (which i prefer) that will eat up the battery in no time, whereas an LCD panel will be more usable


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

noo doubt mittal . IPS always WIN !! I have LG Smart TV IPS panel at home and S4 at home.. by looking at the colour we can understand which is real like colour !!! Sonys display gives headace to me !!! IPS Always win... Love LG ..

5. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

i want the red one now!!

7. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

So hard to decide now...this or the z1 mini or nexus 5....this is the first time i got interest on a windows phone..cant wait to hands on this

10. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Say hello to Nokia after a long time.

11. wando77

Posts: 1169; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

I would be all over this if it ran android :-(


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Mee tooooooo !! but WP8 is developing... give them some more timee.. everything will be settle

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's been three years, how much longer can you wait?

28. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

my wait is finish, show me where to preorder my baby


Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

you are right :)

39. Jayzee

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

Even though that I'm an Android Fan. You should understand that Windows Phone 8 has a different kernel. So meaning some parts of the OS have been recoded/ redeveloped. Windows Phone 8 is only a year old now and I must say that they already had a Full HD Display. Our Android supports only the 1280x720 during the Gingerbread days. Whereas WP8 already supported it when it came out. Then there's this Full HD display WP 8 already had it a year later then Android took 2 years to have it. So yeah as an Android User, I must say that Windows Phone 8 develops/matures faster than out Android

50. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

hasnt it really been 1 year? wp8 isnt the same as wp7 which is why you need 2 seperate apps for them. also, they launched a new store for wp8. i tend to think of it as wp7 was the trial period for windows phone and wp8 is what they are moving forward with for the future. so to me it's really only been a year.

30. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

im sorry but my note have to go after seeing this, just think about this phone, it use a very light os so imagine what this chip can do for this phone

15. adit38

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 02, 2013

Yellow one is so sexy...., i want one

20. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I just bought the 1020..... Oh well.. Gonna pick this up as well... \m/

29. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, got the 925 and im like :'( Luckily its coming out next year, so i have more money from work after christmas and new years...

21. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

This phone is incredible!!! 1520 is a game changer!! Well done Nokia!!

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