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

Display

Display size

6.0 inches
5.7 inches
5.9 inches

Resolution

1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

368 ppi
386 ppi
373 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
Super AMOLED
S-LCD 3

Screen-to-body ratio

70.95 %
74.78 %
70.63 %

Colors

16 777 216
16 777 216
16 777 216

Peak brightness

600 cd/m2 (nit)
 
 

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

20 megapixels
13 megapixels
4 megapixels

Hardware Features

Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.5"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 2 μm

Flash

Dual LED
LED
LED

Software Features

Face detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Touch to focus, Geo tagging, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Shutter speed control, Burst mode, Panorama, Effects
Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, HDR, Panorama, Scenes, Effects
Digital image stabilization, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, White balance presets, HDR, Panorama, Effects

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (60 fps)

Features

Optical image stabilization, Video light
Continuous autofocus, Video light, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus

Front

1.2 megapixels
2 megapixels
2.1 megapixels

Video capture

1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

6.41 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)

Weight

7.37 oz (209 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
7.65 oz (217 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

 
 
Back: Aluminum

Biometrics

 
 
Fingerprint (swipe)

Features

 
Stylus, Interchangeable covers
Touch sensitive control keys

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T

Processor

Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Quad-core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300

GPU

Adreno 330
Adreno 330
Adreno 320

RAM

2 GB LPDDR3
3 GB LPDDR3
2 GB LPDDR2

Internal storage

32 GB
64 GB
32 GB

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
microSDHC, microSD
microSDXC, microSDHC, microSD

OS

Windows Phone, 8.1, 8
Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4, 4.3)
Android (4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3), HTC Sense UI

Battery

Capacity

3400 mAh
3200 mAh
3300 mAh

Talk time

27.40 hours
the average is 22 h (1323 min)
25.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1323 min)
28.00 hours
the average is 22 h (1323 min)

Stand-by time

32.0 days (768 hours)
the average is 21 days (509 h)
22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 21 days (509 h)
16.4 days (393 hours)
the average is 21 days (509 h)

Talk time (3G)

25.10 hours
the average is 23 h (1397 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1397 min)
25.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1397 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 28 days (669 h)
24.4 days (585 hours)
the average is 28 days (669 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

 
15.8 days (380 hours)
the average is 27 days (653 h)
 

Music playback

124.00 hours
84.00 hours
 

Video playback

10.80 hours
13.00 hours
 

Cellular

LTE (FDD)

Bands 20, 8, 3, 1, 7
Bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 17, 18
Bands 3, 7, 8, 18

UMTS

850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
900, 1900, 2100 MHz

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Data

LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 11 Mbit/s
LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
LTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

 
DLNA, MHL
DLNA, MHL, TV-out

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 749
 
 


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42 Comments

1. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

for me Galaxy Note 3

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 545; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

10. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 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!

15. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

yep with the light os this phone should trump anything

42. himaz

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

what about xbox ??!! :)

18. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

21. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 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

35. wilsong17 unregistered

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

39. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 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??

27. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

28. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

25. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Samsung = Cheap Build Quality

29. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

36. wilsong17 unregistered

we dont care its the motor that count beside i have mine in a case

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 !

2. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

My new lineup: Note3 lumia 1520 Xperia ZU

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Note 3 Xperia Z1 1520

4. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 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.

5. Shenoy

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

LOVE THE LUMIA 1520

6. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

wheres Z ultra???

41. almostdone

Posts: 421; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

With the tablets...

7. adit38

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 02, 2013

749 before vat??

26. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

8. Doakie

Posts: 2465; Member since: May 06, 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.

17. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

9. SingDaFire

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

Lumia 1520 for me;)

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Note 3 for me. ;)

14. Adithya7184

Posts: 322; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

Note 3 FTW!!

16. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

1520 for me

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Essentially a mini tablet to your face. Cool.

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