Nokia Lumia 1520: First Fullhd-Windows Phone-Phablet

The Lumia 1520 is the largest Lumia with 6 inch screen size. A quad-core processor has finally, other highlights include an improved WP 8 and the 20.7 MP camera.

While the Android-Konkurrenz already since the beginning of the year a FullHD Smartphone /-Smartlet /-Phablet after the other out skin (see E.g. Sony with the Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia Z ultra and Sony Xperia Z1), fans of Windows phone devices that come in large part from Nokia, had to make do with HD displays.

The same was true for the processors – for a long time there are Quad-Coreprocessors for devices running Google’s OS while dual-core CPUs were so far the greatest feeling for users of Microsoft’s operating system.

Sharpest Lumia of all time

With the Nokia Lumia 1520, that the Finnish manufacturer at its in-house show Nokia World in Abu Dhabi presented today, these restrictions are now finally passé. Because of the huge 6 inch screen of the Phablets resolves pixels with 1,920 x 1,080, higher than any previous Lumia. This corresponds to a pixel density of 367 ppi, individual pixels should be so as not to recognize. As for the other champions of the Lumia, the screen with Gorilla glass 2 is protected and can be operated with gloves. In addition it can let easy to read even in direct sunlight.

So that the possibilities of the sharp resolution of the FullHD display is also maxed out a revised version of Windows phone 8 used, indicating a further, third pillar with live tiles on the start screen comes on the 1520. You reduced the size of the tile, even up to six tiles next to each other have space on the home screen.

Fast processor, one tough camera

Under the hood, a powerful Snapdragon S800-quad-core processor, which pulses with 2.2 GHz per core, and belongs to the fastest on the market works in 1520 when the Lumia. Support comes from a 2 GB RAM large amounts of memory. In addition to a 32 GB internal memory gets the user 7 GB SkyDrive cloud and commendably thanks to the MicroSD slot on top grab the opportunity, again, 64 GB of external memory.

As for Nokia usual also gives no nakedness to 1520 in terms of camera. Although the Phablet is no dedicated camera smartphone such as the Nokia Lumia 1020, but makes the 20 MP PureView cam with six lenses, ZEISS optics, optical Bildstabi and dual-LED flash a lot here. Videos are recorded in full HD quality and also benefit from the image stabilizer and offer clear shots with rich recording. A 1.2 MP-wide-angle front camera is mounted on the front.

The different camera apps to record images have been reduced to one for clarity, added a new mode called “Story Teller” which combines photos with information about the location from HERE maps and represents it in a kind of timeline.

Nice design, but only plastic

Externally is placed again on polycarbonate plastic, a shame as at the 1020 actually, the Nokia Lumia 925, which came in an aluminium housing, seemed to be only an exception. Despite the size of the Phablet with 8.7 mm remains pretty lean, the weight of 209 grams is, however, quite lush. The design is typical for Lumia, understated and beautiful.

The 3,400 mAh battery can be wirelessly recharged by means of special accessories. It provides according to the manufacturer for talk times of up to 27, 4 h (!) in the GSM and UMTS mode 25, 1 hour. Listening to music is even up to 124 hours or five days and four hours can be. This information is to enjoy with caution but, in practice, the values are often lower. Other features of the Lumia 1520 are Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, MicroUSB, LTE-A with up to 150 MBit/s, A-GPS and A GLONASS.

Conclusion: Success is questionable

The Lumia 1520 to come later this year in the colors of yellow, white, black and shiny red for € 799 (EIA) in the shops. Despite the excellent technical facilities, great design and the new possibilities through the FullHD display, I am skeptical whether the device becomes a bestseller.

The great demand for the “mini” versions of the Android flagships and treasured waiting for a European version of the Sony Xperia Z1f show that user again increasingly interested in smaller devices, which is still with one hand to operate. This is at 162.8 x 85.4 mm (height x width) possible at the Lumia 1520 anyway, only with very large hands. But I’m happy to teach me better, maybe this contributes 1520 Yes continue in this country continue to the current rise of the Windows phone platform.