Specs summary


The Nokia Lumia 1520's screen is 6 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Windows Phone 8 operating system (OS).

20+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3400 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 32 days standby time, 1644 minutes (2G), 1506 minutes (3G), 816 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The 1520 is without a doubt the best WP you can buy on the market today, and it’ll out-spec most of those androids as well...

- Aliqudsi , My Nokia Blog 

Though too large for some, it’s the most powerful Windows Phone we’ve tested and a great reason to consider the platform.

- Jeffrey Van Camp , Digital Trends 

Reviews summary

Based on 43 reviews

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a handheld powerhouse that has been repeatedly referred to by reviewers as the best Windows Phone released to date. TechnoBufallo's Todd Haselton rates the hardware as excellent, and GigaOM's Alex Colon says the software is "the best version of Windows Phone" ever made. Well worth your consideration says Eric Zeman of Phone Scoop.

The 1520 boasts a highly impressive list of specs including a full HD 6-inch IPS screen, a 20+ megapixel main camera, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a 3,400 mAh battery. It's "a lot of smartphone" says Dan Rowinksi of ReadWriteWeb.

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Of course, there are flaws. As a phone, it's been deemed too big and unwieldy for the average user by The Guardian's Samuel Gibbs. Other reviewers including Matthew Miller of ZDNet seem to echo the sentiment, although they maintain that overall, it's still very much a winner.

If you're ready for an alternative to Apple and Android, the 1520 looks like a winner. It has an attractive price with a new two-year contract and plenty of powerful specs.

As Andrew Kameka of MobileBurn puts it, this mobile corrects all the past mistakes of Windows Phone models, and it provides an excellent way to dive into the new Windows ecosystem.

The Good: Amazing display quality, great camera, long battery life.

The Bad: Not pocket-friendly, lacks certain apps found on other platforms.

Reviews (8.3/10 Avg. rating)


One slab to rule them all

from Softpedia

Nokia Lumia 1520 was launched on the market to offer Windows Phone fans an alternative in the phablet range. With this device, Nokia managed to cover two categories at the same time, phablet and flagship.

I truly believe that the few weak points that I found may be fixed by Microsoft in future software updates, which means the smartphone could remain competitive for years to come.

Unlike Android smartphone manufacturers which do seem to race for specs, Windows Phone handsets work very well on any type of chipset, and in most cases offer better results in day-to-day use... Full review

What Hi-Fi

A Windows Phone of firsts

from What Hi-Fi

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a Windows Phone of firsts.

For a start, its sizeable 6in screen means it’s the first Windows Phone ‘phablet’ to hit the market and, more importantly, it’s also the first to pack a quad-core processor and a Full HD screen, putting it up there with the competition on core specs.

While there’s no denying the Lumia 1520 has its flaws, if you’ve ever been curious about Windows Phone this could well be the handset that finally pushes you to make the jump.

There really is a lot to love about it. It’s just a s... Full review

Expert Reviews

There's no PureView camera sensor but the first phablet with Windows Phone 8 is a fantastic smartphone

from Expert Reviews
Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which ups the phablet game with its stylus and pen-friendly software tweaks, the Lumia 1520 is a simpler device; a Windows Phone 8 handset with a very big, high-resolution screen. It’s a combination that works, though; the Lumia 1520 is fast, beautifully made and has a good screen, so if you fancy a phone/tablet hybrid with Windows Phone 8's advantages of super-fast performance and arguably the best-looking interface out there, it's the handset to buy... Full review
My Nokia Blog

Without a doubt the best WP you can buy on the market today

from My Nokia Blog
If you’ve read this far then i assume the large size of the 1520 isn’t a deal breaker for you; and if that’s the case then this is most definitely the phone for you, period. The 1520 is without a doubt the best WP you can buy on the market today, and it’ll out-spec most of those androids as well, it has a pretty impressive camera and its performance is astounding. All I can say is if you really need every last pixel in your camera get the 1020, if you need every pixel to be in your screen, get the 1520... Full review

Stellar hardware, with new software improvements

from Mobile88

The Lumia 1520 has a polycarbonate unibody design prevalent among Lumia phones, and like the others features Corning Gorilla Glass 2 screen protection which covers the entire front of the device, including the three capacitive keys on the face. The keys in question are also status quo for Nokia smartphones with the leftmost key being the Back button, Windows Home button in the middle, with the Bing Search key on the other side.

The first 6-inch device to run on Windows Phone 8 operating system, and while Nokia, Microsoft, and third-party developers have been making great strides... Full review


One of the top Windows phones on the market today

from BitBitByte

The new HTC One/M8 moves onward from where the first generation model left off. The design, while mostly the same, sticks close to what made it popular. Likewise, HTC seems to have a decent employee or two in the software/UI department because Sense 6.0 is both a nice looking and functional skin. Considering most other manufacturer skins are absolute garbage, this isn’t something to be taken lightly. Moving forward, HTC really needs to keep the innovation ball rolling. Sense needs to continue to evolve and their hardware team needs to really think about the real next-gen design. Re-us... Full review


A future-proof smartphone that is quick, solid, boasts a great camera and very decent battery life

from UnleashThePhones
At the end of the day, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is no doubt the best windows phone out there right now, boasting the best specs that’ll keep this beast going along smoothly for a very long time. If you’re in the market for a flagship device, don’t mind Windows Phone, and size is a non-issue, the Nokia Lumia 1520, is without doubt the smartphone you should be checking out... Full review

One of the largest phones on the market who can also get past or deal with the size

from BitBitByte

The Lumia 1520 is a fantastic device. The only big (no pun intended) drawback is its size. For a decent amount of people it is simply too big. And no matter how great the specs are or how awesome pictures might be, if using the device is a chore it’s not ever going to matter. For us, there definitely were some times where the size was annoying. A one-handed mode would have helped and somewhat similarly, the size could be even better utilized with some stylus features. But alas, nothing to be found.

For those wanting one of the largest phones on the market who can also get p... Full review

Geek Squad

Incredible hardware and a massive screen

from Geek Squad

The 1520 is a marvellous device, full of top-of-the-range hardware that really pushes the boundaries of what you can do with a Windows Phone, and that is probably its biggest downfall - there is so much power, and has such a beautiful large screen, but neither of these are truly explored. Outside of the larger Start Screen, the experience is pretty much your standard Windows Phone 8 experience.

That's not to say that it's not worth experiencing though. The camera is absolutely fantastic and perhaps the only one that could best it is the 1020. The screen is sharp, clear and ideal... Full review


A device that merges into every life situation of its user

from Notebookcheck

Nokia has successfully entered the phablet sector with its Lumia 1520. It convinces with its excellent build, and its very good screen. The camera also belongs to the better ones in the smartphone division, and stands out with its diverse functions and raw data support. Another highlight is the good GPS receiver that works exceptionally precise.

There is not much criticism for the 6 inch phablet. One port that supports video transmission would have been welcome though. It is also too bad that the Finnish manufacturer still use USB 2.0, considering that the current 3.0 standard wo... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date November 15, 2013
Regions available USA, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, South America, Africa, India, Philippines, Russia, China
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
2100/800/900/1800 /2600 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Phone 8

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Quad core 2.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.64 W/kg
Body: 0.2 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 648 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 816 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
1644 minutes (2G)
1506 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 32 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Glossy Red, Green, White, Yellow
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.3 x 8.5 x 0.9 cm
(6.4 x 3.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 209 grams
(7.4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 368 pixels
Size 6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Internet Explorer Mobile
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Yahoo! Mail, Outlook Mobile, Gmail, Office 365, Nokia Mail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 20+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, ISO, Image stabilization, Panorama, White balance, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA Pro, WMA, M4A, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, SkyDrive, Joyn)
Included Software / Apps No
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