We’re here at Nokia World 2013, and the world of oversized smartphones just got bigger with the announcment of the Nokia Lumia 1520. Joining the realms of the HTC One Max, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra, the Lumia 1520 is the first handset from Nokia to clock-in a display of over 4.7-inches – and by some margin thanks to a 6-inch panel.
It’s the first Windows Phone to pack a Full HD 1080p display, and it’s also the first large-screened device to break the 13-megapixel camera barrier thanks to a 20.7-megapixel PureView sensor.
The standout design of the 1520 is paired with some incredibly respectable dimensions, being just 8.7 mm thick. Naturally, it’s loaded up with the standard Windows Phone button array and Nokia’s trademark industrial design.
Inside is the latest version of Windows Phone 8, dubbed GDR3, bringing with it support for Full HD devices, not to mention Nokia’s newly announced apps.
One area this behemoth of a Lumia is guaranteed to trump at least the Sony Xperia Z Ultra is in terms of imaging, thanks to the 20.7-megapixel PureView camera on board.
Using the same over-sampling tech and optical image stabilisation found on the Lumia 1020, the Lumia 1520 should churn out 5-megapixel images with more clarity and quality than most mobile 8-megapixel snappers around. Unlike the Lumia 1020, though, no Xenon flash this time round.
Moving onto the processor, and finally, the Lumia range is going quad-core. To add to accolade, this isn’t just any quad-core, it’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core. If this means nothing to you, the Snapdragon 800 is the most powerful commercially available Qualcomm SoC around, and paired with the 2GB RAM on board should ensure the Lumia 1520 roars where the Lumia 1020 simply croaked.
The 3,400mAh battery also gives it the on-paper edge over the three main contenders, making this phone cum tablet something of a monster across the board. Stay tuned to our YouTube channel for our hands-on video.