The first Windows Phone 8 phablet has finally been made official today at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi in the form of the Nokia Lumia 1520 that we have already seen in the flesh in several leaks throughout the past months. First let’s get this out of the way: The Nokia Lumia 1520 looks gigantic. I obviously never had any hands on time with one yet but based on the videos and pictures released this 6″ screen monster is most definitely too big for most users out there.
Now let’s take a look at the 1520 hardware specifications:
Operating System: Windows Phone 8 with the latest updates
Networks: GSM/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz; WCDMA: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz; ROW LTE: 1, 3, 7, 8, 20; USA LTE: 2, 4, 5, 7, 17; HSPA+: DL 42 Mbps (Cat 24) / UL 11.5 Mbps (Cat 7)
Speed: LTE 150/50 mbps, DC-HSPA 42mbps
Memory: 2GB RAM, 32 GB internal user memory; 7 GB SkyDrive cloud storage, micro SD card support up to 64GB
Display: 6-inch full HD 1080p LCD , ClearBlack, High Brightness Mode, Sunlight readability, Super sensitive touch for glove and nail usage, Gorilla Glass 2
Processor: 2.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Primary camera: PureView 20-megapixel Auto Focus ZEISS optics with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 2x lossless zoom, oversampling technology, dual LED flash, 1080p @ 30 fps full HD video with optical image stabilization
Secondary Camera: HD 1.2-megapixel wide angle
Size & weight: 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7mm (volumetric). Weight: 209g
Connectivity: NFC, A-GPS+GLONASS, WLAN (2.4/5Ghz) a/b/g/n/ac, ?USB, BT 4.0 LE, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Ambient Light Sensor
Battery: 3400 mAh (integrated) with built-in wireless charging (Qi compatible)
Audio: Rich Recording with four microphones; Wideband Voice and multi-microphone noise reduction with four microphones; Dolby(R) Headphone, Graphic equalizer, Audio leveling; FM radio
As you can see I’ve highlighted the most interesting parts of the specs above. The 6″ screen is an LCD (IPS? PLS?) panel which was expected given that Samsung always keeps its own high-end AMOLED panels to itself as exclusives for one year until other OEMs can buy them (so don’t expect to see a 1080P S-AMOLED on a non-Samsung devices on Mid-End 2014). But based on the pictures and videos released the Lumia 1520 has exceptional viewing angles with what seems to be an optical bonded screen (no air gap between the glass and LCD panel). Also note that the additional column of live tile is not resolution depended but is set by the phone manufacturer by SCREEN SIZE.
Powering the devices is a SnapDragon S800 clocked at 2.2Ghz which is Qualcomm’s current highest-end SoC paired with 2CG of ram and 32GB of storage. fortunately the Lumia 1520 is also Nokia’s first flagship Windows Phone 8 device with a Micro-SD card slot for expendable storage.
Last but not least is the 20MP PureView camera with OIS which will enabled oversampling just like the Lumia 1020 but to a lesser degree. Unfortunately the 1520 doesn’t shoot 4K videos even though the hardware is fully capable of it. The handset will also ship with Nokia upcoming BLACK update which includes the new Nokia Camera app combining Nokia Pro Cam & Smart Camera (finally). The awesome camera news of the day is hat RAW support is now coming to he Nokia Lumia 1020 and 1520:
A new camera functionality dubbed Nokia Refocus will act as a software based version of a Lytro camera allowing user to refocus there shots after the fact (there are already similar apps in the marketplace)
It will also introduce a new screen shared functionality in the form of an app called Nokia Beamer. This sounds strangely familiar to Miracast so I won’t be surprised if this was it. This will allow you to wirelessly clone the phone’s screen on any other wirelessly connect (compatible screen) in realtime. The Nokia Black update is expected to hit current WP8 Lumia handset at the beginning of 2014 but it is not known if Nokia Beamer will be compatible with non S800 powered devices. THe Lumia 1520 also feature 4 High Amplitude Microphones for better noise cancellation and awesome positional sound recording.
Nokia has also introduced a new application called Storyteller which is a Her Maps powered camera roll integrating your Geotagged camera, Cloud and Facebook picture with Here Maps PIO and full Mapping suite. IT will also be made available to current Windows Phone 8 handsets with the Black update.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is expected to go on sale in several colors before the end of the year for 750$ off-contract and before taxes exclusively on AT&T in the US, in parts of Asia, Finland and the followed by France , UK and Germany shortly after. The 1520 will also have a protective cover CP-623 sold separately as seen in the picture below.
So what do you all think of this one? Is it too big to be confortable to use? Is the lack of a stylus a shame give the huge screen real estate?