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

Nokia Lumia 1520 specs, release date, price roundup: 6
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.


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.


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.

Related phones

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)



2. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

The good thing is that I live in Abu Dhabi

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Try to troll harder... :D

8. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Im not joking I really live in abu dhabi Well seeing u after a long time cow

28. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011


9. mahsani

Posts: 3; Member since: May 31, 2011

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

11. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Near salaam street Sector 13

45. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010


71. mahsani

Posts: 3; Member since: May 31, 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?

12. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Dear nokia Please make your own os


Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Trolls gonna hate.......smh

51. BabylonShine

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 08, 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

57. JMartin22

Posts: 2414; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Dear Apple Please be more original

74. jsdechavez

Posts: 818; Member since: Jul 20, 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.

78. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

20. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

and I live in Kuwait

40. Omar-BHR95

Posts: 184; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

i live in Bahrain

50. mohammed2222

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

i live @ qatar .

52. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

Bahraini here too

82. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

49. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013


56. Faris.alamoudi

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 18, 2013

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

72. mahsani

Posts: 3; Member since: May 31, 2011

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

73. EgyDroid

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Egypt....... One of a kind LOL!!!

75. jsdechavez

Posts: 818; Member since: Jul 20, 2012


4. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Cheap! Its more than "just pricey"


Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Nokia take my money now!!!!!!


Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

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

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Daniel might want to correct that!

14. UdhaiyaPrasanth

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 05, 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...

18. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 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! :)

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