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Nokia Lumia 1520 Quick Review, Price and Comparison

Along with the Lumia 1320, Nokia also unveiled the Lumia 1520 earlier today at the event hosted at Abu Dhabi. Basically, the Lumia 1320 is the trimmed-down and more affordable version of the 1520. The 1520 comes with a much more powerful set of internals beneath the hood, for which, as expected, you have to bear with a much heavier price tag. The Lumia 1520 has been launched for $750, which is rather steep. But is the device worthy of the price tag?

Camera and Internal Storage

The Lumia 1520 takes imaging very seriously, and is one for the shutterbugs. The phone features a 20MP main camera at the rear of the device, which you can expect will be above average. Nokia phones, of late, have had decent imaging hardware so it does look like Nokia know their imaging, and you can probably bank on them.

The device will come in two storage variants, i.e., 16GB and 32GB. Both variants will sport a microSD slot which will allow you to expand storage by up to 64GB, which might come in handy at times. After all, it is expected of users to fill up the storage pretty quickly, since multimedia and movies on the 6 inch full HD screen are expected to be an enjoyable experience.

Processor and Battery

The phone comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset under the cosmetics. The Snapdragon 800 doesn’t really require any introduction but we say it for the record – the chipset packs a 4 core CPU clocked at 2.3GHz per core. The very chipset is regarded as probably the most powerful mobile processor, and combined with 2GB of RAM, you can imagine the potential in the Lumia 1520.

The interesting thing to note here is that the Lumia 1520 is the first quad core phone for Nokia as well as for any device running on the WP platform; and with the Snapdragon 800, no one can go wrong!

The phablet will come with the same 3400mAh battery which it’s younger sibling, the Lumia 1320 will sport. You can expect about the same runtime on a single charge, that is about a day or just over, depending on your style of usage.

Display and Features

The device will come with a 6 inch full HD display, which again is a first for a WP based device. Unlike the Lumia 1320, the device will have a tight pixel array, which means the display will be crisp and clear. You can expect the Lumai 1520 to fill the voids presented by it’s younger sibling. Thanks to the extra on-board storage space, users will initially be able to live without the hassles of a microSD card.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 runs on the Windows Phone 8 platform. The phablet will have 4 mics to support directional audio while recording videos, which is something innovative. The device will support wireless charging as well, via the Qi standard.

Looks and Connectivity

The device has a more sharp and angular look when compared to the Lumia 1320, the design of which is more round and curvy. This design makes it clear that the device means business.

Like the Lumia 1320, the phablet will support LTE,  WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, etc.


The device will find a competitor from its own home in the form of the Nokia Lumia 1320, and other competitors like HTC One Max, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z Ultra etc.

Key Specs

Model Nokia Lumia 1520
Display 6 inches, full HD
Processor 2.3 GHz quad core
Internal Storage 16GB/32GB, expandable by up to 64GB
Cameras 20MP
Battery 3400mAh
Price $750


The device does a lot of firsts – first 1080p Windows Phone device, first quad core Nokia device, first quad core Windows Phone device, etc. However, what concerns us is far from this trivia; the device does seem to pack some serious punch, but at a premium. By the looks of it, the device will not be priced under 40,000 INR which will make it one among the more pricey devices in the country. However, the Nokia build quality, the above average camera, and the full HD screen might be enough to lure buyers.

Lumia 1520 Hands on Review, Specs, Camera and Overview [Video]


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.