The Lumia 1520, along with the midrange Lumia 1320, are the first Nokia-made phablets and the first for Windows Phone 8 altogether. The 1320 has last year’s hardware though, unlike the Lumia 1520, which is virtually on par with the best Android flagships.
Nokia Lumia 1520 at a glance
Dimensions: 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm, 209g
Display: 6″ ClearBlack IPS display of 1080p resolution, Gorilla Glass 2, 367ppi
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800; quad-core Krait 400 at 2.2GHz, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB RAM
OS: Windows Phone 8 GDR3 with Nokia Black
Camera: 20 MP, Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash, PureView technology
Video camera: 1080p @ 30fps video capture with main camera
Storage: 32GB built-in, microSD card slot with support of up to 64GB, 7GB SkyDrive cloud storage
Connectivity: NFC, A-GPS+GLONASS, WLAN (2.4/5Ghz) a/b/g/n/ac, microUSB 2.0, BT 4.0 LE
Battery: 3,400mAh with built-in wireless charging (Qi compatible)
Misc: Nokia Camera app, FM Radio, built-in accelerometer, multi-touch input, proximity sensor
Windows Phone’s market share is rising – it’s a distant third at the moment – but it’s the low-end devices like the Lumia 520 making up the bulk of that growth. Meanwhile flagships have failed to make much of a splash and even the Lumia 1020 isn’t exactly flying off the shelves. Can the 1520 be the first flagship WP8 device to claim a piece of market share matching its size?
It certainly has all the right ingredients. Windows Phone is known for simplicity and efficiency – it runs smoothly on much less powerful hardware and doesn’t bury you under a mountain of gimmicky features like some Android smartphones do. The Lumia 1520 does pack the latest Windows Phone 8 updates – GDR3 and Nokia Black, so there are further improvements over previous WP devices we’ve handled.
The screen is pleasantly crisp – only made possible by the jump to 1080p resolution – and features Nokia’s ClearBlack tech, which provides some of the best viewing under direct sunlight. The Nokia PureView camera is equally responsible for some of the best cameraphone experience ever.