Price (RRP): $899
If there’s one company that hasn’t made much of a deal about the whole tablet-sized phone area called “phablets,” it’s Nokia, which has been pretty resistant, at least until now. Enter the Lumia 1520, a 6 inch Windows-based phone that brings a whole lot of promise in a phone made for big hands.
The first phablet from the maker of the most Windows-based smartphones, the Lumia 1520 represents more than just one first for the company, as it also includes new processor choices and a higher resolution screen for the Nokia smartphones.
You won’t find the same specifications from the Lumia 920, 925, or 1020 used here, with the dual-core Snapdragon chip from those three phones replaced with the Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz, the same chip used in so many other flagship Android smartphones released at the end of 2013.
That chip also changes the graphics chip, moving it from the Adreno 225 to the 330, though the RAM and storage doesn’t change much with it, with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. In a first for a Nokia flagship, though, there is a microSD slot to expand the storage considerably.
The inclusion of a microSD slot will likely come in extra handy in the Lumia 1520 because the camera features a whopping 20 megapixel sensor, and can even take RAW photos in Adobe’s Digital Negative (DNG) format, or just full-size JPEGs if that’s what you’re after. The front camera is less impressive but very standard for Nokia, with a 1.2 megapixel shooter capable of 720p video capture.
Mobile connections are all pretty high on the Lumia 1520, with 4G LTE supported on both Category 3 and 4 networks, the latter of which requires a Cat4-compliant network and can then theoretically achieve as high as 150Mbps downloads.
Outside of mobile 4G performance, you’ll find 802.11 a/b/g/n and even the 802.11ac connections supported, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, Near-Field Communication (NFC), GPS, and of course a wired microUSB connection which sits at the bottom of the handset.
All of this sits under a 6 inch screen showing Full HD 1920×1080 resolution, which is also a first for Nokia handsets. With this resolution, a pixel clarity of 367 pixels per inch is being shown, which is higher than the iPhone 5’s Retina-grade resolution (330ppi).
The screen is protected by Corning’s second generation of Gorilla Glass (Gorilla Glass 2), and the soft buttons are all the standard Windows Phone soft buttons sitting under the screen, including back, home, and search.
Just like the other phones, however, the Lumia 1520 follows the physical button template, with the inclusion of three buttons on the right edge, including volume rocker, power, and the camera shutter and activation button.
Ports on the Lumia 1520 are few and far between, with a microUSB port at the very bottom, and the 3.5mm headset jack up top. Two slots can also be found on the left side, covered by plastic and only accessible when a pin ejector tool has been inserted in, but these cover up the nanoSIM and microSD slots.
A 3400mAh battery powers the Nokia Lumia 1520 and is not removable, though can be charged through a wireless charging station.