First look: Nokia Lumia 1520

“Nokia’s first ever big screen, quad-core Windows Phone 8 phablet”

After months of speculation, Finnish device maker Nokia has finally announced the launch of its first ever phablet, the Lumia 1520 for India. The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a 6-inch device, and company’s first ever big-screen smartphone. The Lumia 1520 is built around the idea of enabling productivity on the move, while not compromising on the entertainment aspect. WP_20131216_001 While the Nokia Lumia 1520 sounds like a great device on paper, we got a chance to experience the device during the launch of the device that took place in Delhi. So here is what the Nokia Lumia 1520 looks and feels like. WP_20131216_013 The device is certainly a looker with its big screen size being the most noteworthy highlight, while features such as NFC and wireless charging allowing users to lead a simpler wire-free life. WP_20131216_002 The Nokia Lumia 1520 looks and feels good while offering a sturdy build, which is at par with most of the high-end devices we have seen from Nokia in the past. It’s one of the most important launches from Nokia’s stable in the recent past, and the company hasn’t left any margin for error. The unibody design gives a good grip to the user owing to its curved edges and therefore boosts confidence, even for single-handed usage which otherwise is difficult on a big-screen device. WP_20131216_015 The device is lightweight and that further aids handling and extends its utility. Same as other devices from the Lumia range, the 1520 also comes in variety of vivid colours along with the usual black and white options. The design of the device is similar in terms of look and feel as the Nokia Lumia 920 but obviously, it’s much bigger in size. WP_20131216_014 The Nokia Lumia 1520 comes with a massive 6-inch display that looks impressive and is also the first ever Windows Phone device to feature such a huge screen size. Nokia has also gone all out to make the display as flawless as possible, and the display has a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The most amazing characteristic of this device is its 600nits of brightness which makes the visuals look crisp and there is hardly any difference to the naked eye even in brightly lit conditions. The display is protected by Corning’s Gorilla glass which protects it from scratches and accidental knocks during day-to-day usage. WP_20131216_003 The device is sleek and with 8.7mm thickness this beats the older generation Lumia devices and even the more expensive Lumia 920 both in slimness and hardware. WP_20131216_006 The phablet features a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor to power Windows Phone 8, coupled with a healthy 2GB of RAM to keep things working. Along with that, optimisation of the OS and applications has been carried out to keep things speedy. WP_20131216_007 The device uses the native Windows Phone user interface with live tiles, but with the additional real estate, there are three columns of live tiles now as opposed to two columns on most Lumia devices till now. One thing is for sure and that is, thanks to its super-charged hardware the device handles really well and works very smoothly. WP_20131216_004 The device gets a 20-megapixel snapper at the back with optical stabilisation supplemented with the award winning PureView technology. PureView is a Nokia-exclusive technology that uses oversampling to output the most optimal image, and was hitherto seen on Nokia’s imaging behemoth, the Lumia 1020. The camera is supported with an LED flash and is capable of recording full HD 1020p resolution videos as well. Along with this, the Lumia 1520 also gets four directional microphones for video recording to give it the most realistic surround sound experience. The device also gets a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens which is capable of capturing 720p resolution videos. WP_20131216_008 Nokia has included a number of useful applications to the Lumia 1520, including the audio streaming app Nokia Mix Radio that offers users song streaming and a ton of personalisation features. Along with that, Nokia’s Drive navigation app with traffic information has also been included in the Lumia 1520 – definitely a great addition for anyone on the go. WP_20131216_016 The Lumia 1520 is a great looking Windows Phone 8 phablet that gets a hefty set of features and hardware specifications. But at the same time, the price tag of Rs 46,999 might be a little too intimidating for many Nokia fans. While there are a quite a few things to talk about on the Lumia 1520, we will be bringing those in the upcoming full review of the Nokia Lumia 1520, so stay tuned.
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