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Nokia Lumia 1520 preview: Second encounter



Lagging at the back of Android in hardware specs for what gave the impression of a while, WP8 managed to seize up in a single fell swoop. With the Lumia 1520 on the spearhead, Nokia evened the enjoying container with a huge 1080p monitor and a Snapdragon 800 chipset, then tilted it in its prefer with a 20MP OIS-enabled PureView digicam.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 in white, red and yellow

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.

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Nokia Lumia 1520 in our administrative center

When it comes to imaging, that is halfway between the Lumia 1020 and the 920. The sensor is greater than most, however now not so giant that it takes a hump to accommodate, whereas it nonetheless packs sufficient decision for Nokia’s supersampling magic. There may be optical picture stabilization too, which is a assured show of superiority over the non-stabilized cameras on competing phablets. There isn’t a xenon flash on the Lumia 1520, however that may have required room for some other cumbersome element.

Device is the one position the Nokia Lumia 1520 can stumble – WP8 remains to be younger in comparison with Android and iOS, which had been round for a number of years longer. However sooner than we take a look at that, we are going to speak about the hardware and the reveal of Nokia’s phablet on the following web page.