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Hands-on: Nokia Lumia 1520




Nokia World, Abu Dhabi. Nokia announced their latest flagship smartphone here in Abu Dhabi for the 2013 Nokia World event. The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the successor to the Lumia 1020 and packs a lot of first.

The Lumia 1520 is the first in the phablet category with a 6-inch display. It’s also the first one to have a full HD 1080p resolution and the first to also have a quad-core processor running Snapdragon 800 chip.

The 6-inch smartphone comes with the latest update from Micrsoft and now supports 3 columns of Live Tiles with options for 3 different tile sizes, much like the Live Tiles on Windows 8.1 laptops.
The new UI looks more lively and refreshing too.

Instead of the thick girth like the Lumia 1020, Nokia opted for a slimmer profile like the Lumia 925 PureView resulting to a thin 8.7mm dimension.

Here’s the complete hardware configuration as provided by Nokia.


Nokia Lumia 1520 specs:
6-inch ClearBlack Display @ full HD 1920×1080 pixels
Gorilla Glass 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz quad-core processor
Adreno 330 Graphics
2GB RAM
32GB internal storage
64GB via microSD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, ac
LTE 150/50 mbps, DC-HSPA 42mbps
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
GPS w/ aGPS, GLONASS
20MP PureView rear camera, dual LED flash
1.2MP front-facing camera
Li-Ion 3,400mAh battery
Windows Phone 8
162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7mm (dimensions)
209 grams (weight)

The handset still feels light for its size even at 209 grams. The display has super sensitive touch for glove and nail usage.

The PureView camera at the back is much smaller compared to the 1020 and is closer to the Lumia 925. Nokia placed a total of 4 microphones around the device so you can record directional stereo for a more surround-sound like quality.

Just like the other Lumia devices, the design signature of Nokia is very evident in the Lumia 1520.

The Lumia 1520 will be priced at $749 before taxes and subsidies. It’s available in red, yellow, black and white.

Nokai is set to release the handset this quarter but we’re expecting a late November or early December launch in the Philippines.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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34 Responses

  1. Kami says:

    If only NOKIA made this monster configuration earlier (i mean the quad core thing) regardleas if mautilize ng oS. They could have made additional fanbase.

    Opinion ko lang naman. I was wondering what’s the need for the quadcore if kaya naman and impressive na sa dualcore ang previous flagship models? If performance wise, so how about 925 and 1020? Dapat quadcore nalang din nila yun tutal contemporaries na android phones eh quadcores na?

    Clarification lang po ha, i was just wondering.

    If the performance of the camera is the same with the 925. Except for the price, i think this is a catch

    • Mhelz says:

      I think that’s because, though I’m not really sure if Nokia is intending it that way,it can already be considered as a small PC… given the OS and what it can do… if it comes with a small keyboard dock with the same size as the phone itself… it could accomplish almost half oh what the “Ubuntu” phone can do… given that you have money to buy MS office and other apps..xD

    • topgun says:

      actually its MS fault that Nokia has just released its first quadcore device because just this GDR3 update where quadcore was supported…

    • Diorarat says:

      If you’re an average consumer you won’t dig deep researching about your purchase. Automatic assumption na quad core is better than dual core. Ako mas prefer ko two better cores than 4 lesser cores. With more emphasis on graphics chips. Mas tipid sa battery, Hehe pero wala pang high end android na nakakagawa ng ganyan except yung Moto X. Kung same siya sa pc, two better cores is better than 4 lesser cores pagdating sa mga editing and graphic intensive na mga task.

    • johndanvic says:

      Topgun is correct, it is Microsoft’s fault. The Windows Phone 8 OS version for this device is the GDR3, which supports quadcore processors. In fact, Nokia had to make several workarounds for the Lumia 1020 to make it having a 41MP sensor despite only having a dual-core processor.

      Actually, in an interview, Joe Belfiore, manager for Windows Phone program said that it is frustrated at Nokia hiding some necessary info regarding its great technologies. Maybe this is one of the reasons regarding the Nokia acquisition of Microsoft.

      Read: http://www.wpcentral.com/joe-belfiore-deal-will-result-no-secrets-between-microsoft-and-nokia

  2. kami says:

    so limitation ng OS ang hindi paggamit ng quadcore since it will only be futile? tama ba?

    pardon my ignorance.

    so now palang natin malaman ang performance ng Windows 8 sa quadcore? hmmm. exciting.

    sana lang tlga mas lalong dumami na ang apps for this OS.

    yun na lang tlga ang kulang. :D

    cheers everyone. thanks a lot.

  3. wew says:

    o baka may magreklamo pa na mediocre ang specs kahit windows na to hahaha kahit ilang update pa ang ibigay siguradong di to maglalag unlike android in 3 years magsstart na maglag dahil sa updates at di na makasabay ang hardware

    • abuzalzal says:

      Siguradong di magla-lag?

      TOLOGOOOO????

      As in? saang mumurahing Crystal ball mo namang nasilip yang prophecy mo, sa mmakitid na kukote mo na sinlaki at hugis utak ng hito?

      obobs wag ka nga magkalat ng opinyon mong walang wenta, umuwi ka na lang sa inyo at tulungan mo ang nanay mo hahahaha

    • abuzalzal says:

      Uyyyy, nasaktan na naman yan siguradong kung anu ano na naman ang maiisip na pangganti Ahahahahahahahahahahaha

      gagong ito

      tinuturuan lang kita ng liksiyon boy squaqua

      ano ano ano

      iiyak na yan ahahahahahaha

    • wew says:

      oops halatang papansin nagcomment pa uli para 2 beses na magnotif sa email ko lol anyway sa pananalita mong yan halatang wala kang kayang ipakitang ebidensya para suportahan ang cinaclaim mo…TUTURUAN KITA AH GAMIT DIN KASI NG COMMON SENSE UNG LUMIA 520 NGA ZERO LAG NA YUGATECH PA MISMO ANG NAGSABE,EH BAT ANG IBANG ANDROID USERS NAGREREKLAMO NA HINDI SMOOTH ANG TRANSITIONS NG UI AT MALIMIT NA NAGLALAG ANG PHONE MAPAQUAD CORE MAN YAN AT 1GB RAM eh eto nga kung titignan ang specs iisipin mo android ang OS nito hahahaha tska bakit moko tuturuan ng leksyon???KASI BARADO KA SA BINTANG MO KAY BOB ABOUT THE RENDER AT SA ANO DAW UN???”LENS OVER LENS”UNG SONY SMART CAMERA???HAHAHAHA CNU KAYA MAS TANGA SATEN NGAUN NUH FCKING LOSER DIE BITCH

  4. Syntax says:

    I was expecting Nokia Lumia 525. :( I will stick to Lumia 920. Lumia 1320 and 1520 are good but I’m not interested in owning phablets.

  5. abuzalzal says:

    WHY the heck would you want this when the Note 3 can do things (generally) Sooooooo much better?

    WHY?

    Para lang maiba? ano pa ba realistic na sagot dito????

    • unggoy says:

      realistic?

      di to ma-lag.

    • lagdroid says:

      lagdroid and cheap samsung fanboy?

      Gusto mo kasi lahat ng tao kasing bobo mo sa pagpili ng phone. Eh ngayon wala kang magawa kasi di mo na mapalitan yang lagdroid mo kung meron man haha. Bobo kasi pumili. Mag nokia ka na pre para di ka napapahiya sa mga kaibigan mo.

    • wew says:

      UNGAS KA ABUZALZAL. bawat phone at OS may kanyakanyang pros at cons kaya pantay pantay lang lahat in GENERAL…nagkakatalo lang sa kung ano ang preferred ng user kaya nasasabeng mas maganda ito kaysa sa *insert phone here* and blah blah

    • Chuck Bartowski says:

      Why do you always look for conflict Abuzalzal? Do you have Napoleon Complex Syndrome, or you’re naturally quarrelsome?

    • epol says:

      paciensya na abu, pero mas gusto ko ang isang to kaysa note 3 mo, yung camera ng 1520,yung smoothness ng UI ng windows,yung battery life ng 1520, yung color at design ng 1520,lamang sa apps ang note 3 pero the rest 1520 talaga ako.

    • wew says:

      @Chuck Bartowski di talaga titigil yang si abuzalzal sa pagbash sa windows hanggat di pa nagkakaroo ng cherry mobile na windows phone OS ang gamit =)

    • zodylogan says:

      eto lagi ang nakikita kong nangba-bash sa Windows Phone at pati sa mga users. Ewan ko lang talaga kung anong nangyari sayo. Existential Crisis? Nawalan ka na ba ng rason para mabuhay?
      Go ahead, kumain ka nalang. At least may ginagawa ka na walang inaapakang opinyon (o dignidad).

      *Ooops, ang mga binibigay na advice ay hindi tinatawanan at binabalewala, at hindi nirereplyan ng mga bagay na walang silbi. :)

  6. what says:

    mag lalag? saan? sa games? di po talaga sa mala lag kasi kaunti palang magugustuhan mo apps na maiinstall sa windows phone

    • unggoy says:

      gumamit ka muna ng windows phone bago mag-bash. ;)

      user apps ba ang basis bakit ma-lag? or optimimization ng operating system sa pag-handle ng application?

      ;)

    • lagdroid says:

      Mga di pa kasi nakakagamit ng windows phone kahit sa mga demo unit lang ng nokia hahaha. Mga mukhang apps, panay naman ang reklamo sa battery drain ng android nila na di pa nasosolusyunan hanggang ngayon hahaha.

    • wew says:

      @what bobo lang?hahaha optimization of OS po yan d katulad ng android casual games nga lng lag pa.

    • hindirin says:

      Nag lalag din po daw yung nokia phone ng kapatid ko… kakabili lang nya ng lumia 925… wag po masyado bumilib :)

    • lagdroid says:

      @hindirin

      “daw” hahaha halatang ikaw mismo di pa nakagamit. Puro hearsay lang. Bilib ako kasi ako mismo may-ari. Di katulad mo, sabi lang ng iba bilib na bilib ka na hahaha. Mula sa android sa bangketa hanggang high-end, lag pa rin. Pare-pareho lang.

  7. Jeje says:

    Wow! This spec. is what I waited for so long…. but please nokia make a phone having the same hardware as Lumia 1520. I need a phone, not a phablet. I don’t need a 41Mp camera, 20Mp is enough.

    Sa ibang banda, which do you recommend po, lumia 920 or 925? tnx!

  8. epol says:

    oh ayan! dual core na ang bagong unit ng nokia, di rin madaling mag drain battery nito, marami na din apps sa windows store, kung nakulangan kayo sa apps problema na nyo yan, gusto kasi nyo isang libong apps ang nasa smartphone nyo.pati pag bilang ng sukli gagamitan pa nyo ng apps

  9. Abby says:

    Abu Dhabi, UAE? Geez, it is a waste of time! There are many beautiful Asian countries like Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc. than an Arab country for a product launching of Nokia!

    I remember talking to a British and Malaysian managers, he said he’d rather stay in the Philippines and visit places like Boracay and El Nido and see beautiful people and culture rather than staying in the world’s tallest structure Burj Khalifa or 5- star hotel there and stare at the desert and sea!

    And he is right! It’s more fun and beautiful in the Philippines!

    • wew says:

      naaappreciate namin ang pagpuri mo sa bansa natin dahil maganda ito, at maganda nga naman. pero dapat kung iaadvertise natin ang bansa natin sana walang sisiraan na ibang lugar, kaya kinaiinisan tayo ng iba lalo na mga dayuhan eh.

    • Donya Ina says:

      Abby,

      Maganda naman talaga sa Pilipinas, pero wag mo na sanang siraan ang ibang lugar and compare it to ours.

      Eh ano na naman yang pinaglalaban mo?

      Paki-explain.

      Oh sige na, labhan mo na mga panty mo dun.

      Lab yu.

  10. JasonWilliams says:

    This specs in a 4.8″ shell plus 41mp pureview with xenon flash = heaven

  11. Chris says:

    Mas ok to para sa mga professionals, ang alam ko may preinstalled na Office Home and Student 2013 na dito. Pwede ka na gumawa ng ppt presentations anywhere.. hindi yung may dala ka pang laptop para gumawa ng mga reports. Ok to para sa akin.

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