Nokia Lumia 1520: 6in full HD display, Snapdragon 800 CPU and 20MP Pureview camera; on sale this quarter

Nokia Lumia 1520: 6in full HD display, Snapdragon 800 CPU and 20MP Pureview camera; on sale this quarter

Nokia has finally unveiled the Lumia 1520, its long-awaited debut phablet that comes with a 6in full HD display and a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor.

The Lumia 1520 was the star attraction of Nokia's keynote at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi, and was introduced on stage by outgoing CEO Stephen Elop.

The latest Lumia release boasts the biggest and highest-quality display ever seen on a Nokia handset – or a Windows Phone, for that matter – and is the first handset to boast the extra column of homescreen Live Tiles made possible by the latest update to the Microsoft platform.

Other hardware highlights include a full polycarbonate shell, 32GB of storage, a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and a 20MP PureView camera.

Unsurprisingly, the camera got plenty of attention during the Lumia 1520's unveiling, and for good reason. With lossless zoom, top-notch low light performance and Nokia's new Camera software, it looks set to a new standard for camera performance on a non-specialist device.

Sticking with the software side of things, the Lumia 1520 comes with Office pre-loaded, an improved Xbox gaming experience and Lumia Black, Nokia's version of Windows Phone GDR3 that includes the likes of safe driving mode, a host of new Bing utilities, custom ringtones for different contacts, plus a few other Nokia-specific features including Storyteller, a way of accessing media that does away with traditional file folders in favour of a more intuitive approach.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be available in red, yellow, white and black, and will start shipping later in the quarter for $749 plus local taxes and subsidies.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 22, 2013 at 10:14

Some interesting stuff packed into the device.
But hardly enough to make me consider such a bulky device as my everyday kinda phone.
But hey, contrary to what some would have you believe phablets are a tiny niche in the overall smartphone market.
A lot of people will be attracted to the 1520 because of the camera, they'll see the size and realise that the smaller 1020 has the better cam.
Still, Nokia certainly in good shape today.

lutin  Oct. 22, 2013 at 10:34

"But hey, contrary to what some would have you believe phablets are a tiny niche in the overall smartphone market. "
You're right that the general public probably aren't all that interested in phablets, but among tech enthusiasts (among which I count ourselves) I'd say the proportion of phablet owners is much higher.

6 inches might be a shade too big for me. I'm still rocking my note 2. Criteria for my next phone is a big screen (> 5 inches) and a top-end camera.
If Android can't start including nokia-rivalling camera, then I'll be tempted to make the switch...

socialjeebus  Oct. 22, 2013 at 11:12

But hey, contrary to what some would have you believe phablets are a tiny niche in the overall smartphone market.


In the Europe / US maybe, but in Asia they are hardly tiny, outselling both tablets and laptops.

Stelph  Oct. 22, 2013 at 11:15

All the manufacturers do seem to be going bigger, personally I am still not sold and prefer the ease and convinience of using a smaller phone that I can use one handed at all times. For me texting has always been a one handed operation (back when I was touch typing on my old school nokia), it seems very odd having to change to typing with the other hand while holding the slab :)

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 22, 2013 at 11:30

"But hey, contrary to what some would have you believe phablets are a tiny niche in the overall smartphone market. "
You're right that the general public probably aren't all that interested in phablets, but among tech enthusiasts (among which I count ourselves) I'd say the proportion of phablet owners is much higher.

6 inches might be a shade too big for me. I'm still rocking my note 2. Criteria for my next phone is a big screen (> 5 inches) and a top-end camera.
If Android can't start including nokia-rivalling camera, then I'll be tempted to make the switch...


Good point: there is a definite disconnect between what the the tech enthusiasts babble about
and what the general public actually cares about. That can become a real problem - when companies listen to vocal bloggers and fanbois rather than to the murmurings of the general public.
Example: Blackberry's entire "comeback" range seems to have been informed by the musings
of the Crackberry elite. Enthusiasts who would prove that Heins' pooh is better than Jobs' if they had to...

There are things like the Android 'fragmentation' issue - something most ordinary shoppers
couldn't care less about. The majority of end consumers doesn't know or care whether Android is an OS, a brand or a silly talisman.
Then there are the fanbois who love to tweak and fiddle and customise. Their heads cannot fathom that many many people just want a device that 'just works'.
People buy a phone, use a phone until phone stops 'doing it'. They buy new phone. NOT a hobby. A phone. They have no time to set it up and personalise it over days and days just to then brick it all with the 9th custom ROM. THEY CANNOT AFFORD such nonsense. No mistake: I like to tweak. I've rooted dozens of Android phones, jailbreaked plenty of iDevices.
But: the phone I use because I NEED it is mostly unchanged. I do not need distractions, and unwelcome surprises.

People therefore go for what works. The familiar. 6 years ago, if you knew S40 feature phones (who didn't), you could handle S60 smartphones. Nokia's problems with their 1st touchscreen devices weren't caused because they ran "obsolete" Symbian. The devices flopped because their UI was confusing. Not "obsolete" - i.e. familiar - enough. But tech bloggers went on and on about obsolescence. Blah blah blah...

Anyway:
I'm currently using a Nokia Lumia 925 (trial only; NOT as my main phone). I'm very impressed.
The screen is stunning, camera, in most conditions, is awesome. Etc etc... Any issues I have are with MS and WP8 itself. The OS has come a long way. Certain aspects of WP8 are very very neat. But then there are idiotic shortcomings also. And quite some confusing elements under the deceptively simple surface.

The 1520 is of no interest to me - as already mentioned: the size is not my thing.
The 1020 could tempt me, but without the camera grip its battery life sucks enormously if you like to use the camera a lot.

But that aside: as much as I distrust Elop, and despise MS - there is no way these latest Nokia devices can be shrugged off as some kind of last-ditch attempt. These are not the Z30 and Z10.
They are not the Pre 3... On this track, Nokia will be more comfortable in 2 years time than most also-ran Android makers.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 22, 2013 at 11:45

But hey, contrary to what some would have you believe phablets are a tiny niche in the overall smartphone market.


In the Europe / US maybe, but in Asia they are hardly tiny, outselling both tablets and laptops.





True, but they had phones with much bigger screens long before Android or the iPhone.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 22, 2013 at 11:48

All the manufacturers do seem to be going bigger, personally I am still not sold and prefer the ease and convinience of using a smaller phone that I can use one handed at all times. For me texting has always been a one handed operation (back when I was touch typing on my old school nokia), it seems very odd having to change to typing with the other hand while holding the slab :)

Yes. Agree. The Lumia 925 I'm trying out at the moment is quite a lovely device.
But all too often I miss the ease of the 3.9-in N9 or the iPhone 5. The size just isn't right for how I like to use my phone. It's a win-some-lose-some kinda thing. When I use my BH's Galaxy Camera or the 925 cam I sure like the big screens. But for most other things I prefer the handy format.

Stelph  Oct. 22, 2013 at 12:54

Some of the most exciting things announced today IMO wasnt the hardware, it was the announcements that the nokia range will now support RAW (useful for getting really good snaps) and also the clever Nokia Refocus app. It looks very neat and I think would appeal to quite a lot of people who are into social networking

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 22, 2013 at 13:05

True. Although: I want to see Nokia's new software in action first.
Lumia 925 is pretty good as a point and shoot camera. Low light performance even on auto is impressive - outdoors at night some moonlight is all you need.
And that is good, because boy, do the lens apps and pro cam apps suck when it comes to UI and convenience. Change from auto to Macro? Most modern smartphone cams that is a swipe and a tap... Nokia? Open settings, find the setting you want. Tap. Then "save"! Save? WTF?
Next time you open the app it's on Macro...
Also: the little icons to turn off flash and such (or the arrow to go to the last photo taken) are too small. It's so easy to take a photo instead of turning off the flash. That can be a bummer, not because deleting an unwanted pic is so hard, but because you may have wanted to turn off the flash because in the given situation the flash is bl**dy f%^$£@* intrusive!

Anyhoo... Great camera nonetheless. But they need to look at the iPhone and some Android phones if they want more people to enjoy (!!) using Pureview.

lutin  Oct. 22, 2013 at 13:42

Some fantastic posts there Jan.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 22, 2013 at 13:56

I like the smell of sarcasm at lunchtime :))

lutin  Oct. 22, 2013 at 14:20

Absolutely not! Great to see some balanced, unbiased, non-fanboy perspective. It's fairly rare on tech sites!

lutin  Oct. 22, 2013 at 14:28

{COMPLETE TANGENT ALERT}
I released my first app to the Play Store last week and was looking for a bit of feedback if anyone is up for downloading it.

I'm basically trying to plug the app in any way possible as it's quite hard to get an app "out there" and get people downloading it. Any tips on doing this would be appreciated

Anyway, it's called "Before & After Gif". It's free and it enables the user to create a nice animated transition gif between two images - a "before" and an "after" image. The user chooses (or snaps) a "before" image, which appears as a transparent overlay on top of the camera viewfinder so that you can perfectly align the "after" image before taking it and creating a gif from it.

Here's a link to the Play Store listing:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dallapps.lite


Lewis, I hope you don't mind me putting this plug in the comments!

lutin  Oct. 22, 2013 at 14:30

Here's an example of what it the app can do:
http://dallan.co.uk/beforeandaftergif/gifs/transition_2012-09-23__05_48_37.gif

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 22, 2013 at 14:41

Damn, I'm a gif addict! Good Luck with your endeavour!

lutin  Oct. 22, 2013 at 14:50

Damn, I'm a gif addict! Good Luck with your endeavour!
Thanks. The gif above is getting cropped a bit by the comment section formatting, but you get the idea.

Jp89  Oct. 23, 2013 at 20:33

Jan - download Nokia Camera (you can set it as the default cam in 'Settings'). You can adjust the macro manually, flash settings are easily accessible, and accidentally tapping the screen instead of a setting will just result in the camera focussing rather than taking a photo! Downside is a less accessible photo-roll (you can't swipe left to access). Worth a look :)

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 23, 2013 at 22:03

Thanks, JP - will do. All those Nokia Cameras :D

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