Nokia Lumia 1520 hands on and first impressions

Nokia has launched the Lumia 1520 in India for Rs 46,999. This is Nokia’s first ever 6-inch phablet, and with this launch, the company is clearly targeting the now trending massive display market. The phablet is equipped with a handful of impressive hardware and software features, from the chipset and display to the camera and software tweaks, which makes it an interesting pick in the market. But with options like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC One Max and Sony’s Xperia ZU already available in the market, the Windows Phone based Nokia Lumia 1520 will face a stiff competition. We got to check the device for a while at its launch event in India, and here are our first impressions.

The Lumia 1520 brings the company’s contemporary polycarbonate unibody design, which looks as well as feels great and comfortable in the hand. It comes with a 6-inch 1080p ClearBack full HD display which is simply gorgeous to look at. The display offers great viewing angles and offers crisp and vibrant visuals with perfect brightness, contrast and color levels. It comes with an assertive display tech which helps it offer great visibility even under direct sunlight. And we liked it even more considering that despite carrying such a huge display, this phablet is pretty thin and is light in weight as well. The large display also helps the phablet accommodate an additional column of tiles which is a part of the optimized UI.

The right side of the phablet places volume rocker, power on/off key and camera key, like the way these were placed on the Lumia 1020. The lower side hosts a microUSB charging slot and the top has a 3.5mm jack. The non-removable back of the phablet flaunts a 20-megapixel PureView camera with LED flash.

The hardware of the phablet is powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, supported with 2GB of RAM, which is expected to give a smooth performance, handle multitasking well and offer immersive gaming experience. Nokia has launched the Lumia 1520 with 32GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded by up to 64GB using a microSD card. In addition to that the company is offering 7GB of free storage space on Skydrive as well.

Nokia has used four directional microphones in the phablet which it claims will provide a distortion free audio. In terms of connectivity, the phablet supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and 3G.

Software-wise, the phone runs on Windows Phone 8 with Lumia Black update and brings a number of pre-loaded apps. The user interface works smooth, and with an additional column of live tiles, the interface becomes even more interesting.

Talking of the camera, the phablet brings the 20-megapixel PureView camera magic which comes with dual LED flash and also offers optical image stabilization (OIS). It can save photos in 20-megapixel as well as in 5-megapixel mode to allow easy uploading and sharing of images on social networks. The phablet also has a 1.2-megapixel front facing camera. The Lumia 1520 comes pre-loaded with Nokia Camera app, Camera Focus app that lets users refocus after clicking a photo and also brings support for RAW format for images. While the RAW format will be a good option for photo enthusiasts, it will also result in very heavy files.

And to run all of these, the phablet houses a 3,400mAh battery which is expected to run for up to 25.1 hours of talktime and 32 days on standby mode. The Lumia 1520 is available in yellow, white, and glossy red color variants, and is also available in black, which is made out of 100 percent recycled material.

For Rs 46,999, this 6-inch phablet will be facing stiff competition from Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet which comes comparatively smaller with a 5.7-inch 1080p Amoled display and is equipped with impressive hardware, but carries the Android OS prowess. The lately launched HTC One Max is another competitor, which comes with 5.9-inch 1080p Super LCD3 display but does not look as sturdy and clean as the Nokia Lumia 1520 does. LG G Flex is another phablet in this race, with its USB being the curved display and self-healing back.

  • Sushanth Shetty

    “with its USB being the curved display and self-healing back.” …. you meant USP right ??

  • Hemakumar Vajjha

    I purchased it on yesterday(Day 1 after the launch) in a Nokia Priority store in Hyderabad. Just excellent phone in all aspects.

  • Opinador_Objetivo

    The Lumia 1520 rocks!!!