Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Nokia Lumia 1520 Hands-on/Preview

Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia Lumia 1520

The Lumia 1520 is the latest flagship smartphone from Nokia. The 6-inch full HD capacitive touchscreen is the biggest and sharpest display they put on their phone so far. Not only that, the 2.2GHz quad-core Krait 400 processor that is powering the phablet is the most powerful among any other Windows Phone.

It was announced last October 2013 in Abu Dhabi at the Nokia World, however until now it is not yet officially release locally. Last Sunday, it was showcased during the Microsoft Windows 8.1 event at the Mall of Asia and luckily I was able to play around with it.

Key Specs:

  • Quad Band GSM/EDGE/GPRS/HSPA+, Penta-Band LTE
  • 6" capacitive ClearBlack IPS Full HD (1920x1080) touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 2 Protection
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8 GDR3
  • 2.2GHz Quad Core Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Chipset
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage, expandable up to 64GB via micro SD
  • 20MP auto focus main camera with dual LED flash, 1080p video recording
  • 1.2MP secondary camera
  • Dual Band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • GPS with A-GPS Support and GLONASS
  • 3400mAh Battery

Nokia Lumia 1520 Front

The front is mainly covered by a 6-inch FHD screen with Nokia's ClearBlack technology, which makes the display vibrant and ensures better sunlight legibility. Directly above the massive panel is the Nokia logo followed by the loudspeaker grill. You can also find the 1.2MP secondary camera and the hidden sensors above the screen.

Below the display are the capacitive keys, namely back, home and search. The entire front of the device is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 2.

Nokia Lumia 1520 Back
Nokia Lumia 1520 Camera

The back holds the main camera with 20MP followed by a dual LED flash. The camera features a 1/2.5" PureView sensor, ZEISS optics and Optical Image Stabilization.

Nokia Lumia 1520 Top
Nokia Lumia 1520 Bottom

The top houses the 3.5mm audio jack while the bottom has the micro USB port, both are placed comfortably in the center.

Nokia Lumia 1520 Left

On the upper part on the left side, you will find the micro SIM card and micro SD compartments. To access it, you need an ejector tool.

Nokia Lumia 1520 Right

All the controls are located on the right, the volume rocker, power button and shutter key. The overall design is pretty much the same with other Lumia line-up like the 1020. Interface wise, there is not much difference with other Windows Phone.

After playing with it for few minutes I can say that its quite fast and snappy. If you are Windows Phone lover, this could be the one you are waiting for. Hopefully I can do the full review soon, but for now this is all I can share.

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