Nokia announced their latest flagship Windows Phone 8 device, the Lumia 1520 at Abu Dhabi yesterday at the annual Nokia World event. The biggest Nokia device till date comes with a 6-inch Full HD (1080p) LCD display and has some top-end internals inside the usual polycarbonate shell. We got to play around this phablet at the launch event, and were left quite impressed with what we saw.
Nokia Lumia 1520 is the first WP8 device to come with the 1080p screen which has become quite a norm these days. In the Android world, we are seeing Full HD displays on phones costing less than $300. Many were expecting the Lumia 1020 to come with the 1080p display, which never happened, but Nokia & Microsoft have managed to bring one on their phablet well in time for the holiday season. The 6-inch display is pleasing on the eyes. As always, Nokia’s ClearBlack technology provides deeper blacks and crisper texts. We now have a third column of live tiles on the homescreen, thanks to higher resolution screen. Absence of notification center is still a major issue on WP8, but the facility to have extra live-tiles visible outright should help people miss the notification center a little less.
As for as the design is concerned, Nokia is sticking to their blocky clamshell design with premium polycarbonate back. Lumia 1520 comes in Yellow, white, black and red colors. Except for the red, other three have matte finish (like on Lumia 1020), while Nokia has chosen glossy finish for the red variant, reminiscent of Lumia 920. The Lumia 1520 is much thinner as compared to the Lumia 1020, but weighs more (200g) thanks to its bigger screen. It didn’t feel too odd or too big to hold, but then, we should note that Deepak has pretty big palms.
Camera is still the highlight on Lumia 1520. Nokia has tried to play a bit safe by introducing a 20MP sensor instead of the humongous 41MP we saw on the Lumia 1020. This ensures that Lumia 1520 isn’t too thick and hence, there isn’t a bump on the back. Lumia 1020 still manages to hold the crown as the best smartphone camera in the world for now.
Inside the bonnet, we can see a snappy new Snapdragon 800 processor from Qualcomm. The quad-core processor is clocked at 2.23GHz and along with 2GB of RAM, results in buttery smooth performance in all places. Unlike on Lumia 1020, the camera operation isn’t painfully slow. That’s also helped by the fact that Nokia has optimized the camera app by merging the Pro cam and Smart cam into one single app.
As for as the software is concerned, Nokia Lumia 1520 comes with the latest GDDR3 update to WP8, along with a slew of enhancements and new applications grouped under Nokia Black. New apps like Nokia Beamer and Nokia StoryTeller come out of the box. Our brief hands-on withe Lumia 1520 was extremely pleasurable but then we’d wait to test it thoroughly before passing a judgement. Stay tuned for our detailed review which should come out in few weeks from now.
Nokia Lumia 1520 Photo Gallery
Deepak Dhingra contributed to this post.