Specs summary

Screen
6"

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

Processor
2.2 GHz

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

OS

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

Camera
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.

Storage
32 GB

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

Battery
3400mAh

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).



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

8.3/10AVG.
RATING
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)


Softpedia

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 than Android devices do.

Awkwardly, the only thing that I feel sorry for is the fact that Lumia 1520 is a phablet, which is still kind of a niche market. Should this device come in a smaller variant as well, it would have been a greater success for Microsoft.

I’m aware that Nokia Lumia 930 should be the phablet’s smaller version, but it misses a few things that make it a deal breaker, like incompatibility with Glance. 

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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 than Android devices do.

Awkwardly, the only thing that I feel sorry for is the fact that Lumia 1520 is a phablet, which is still kind of a niche market. Should this device come in a smaller variant as well, it would have been a greater success for Microsoft.

I’m aware that Nokia Lumia 930 should be the phablet’s smaller version, but it misses a few things that make it a deal breaker, like incompatibility with Glance. 

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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....

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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 shame that app availability still remains a disappointment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mobile88

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 in churning out applications for the platform, the Windows Store is still far from being as comprehensive as the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store.

In the departments where the Lumia 1520 does well, it really excels. The Full HD IPS display is just superb for all sorts of lighting conditions, with the ability to discern the pigment and brightness of individual pixels for the most accurate results.

The 1520’s 20-megapixel rear camera, a respectable phone camera with great image quality, lossless zooming and the ability to save images in unzipped RAW file format much like the Lumia 1020. Photos taken in daylight look fantastic and near life-like, and users have full control over the manual imaging settings such as white balance, ISO, and shutter speed with the Nokia Pro Cam app that made its first appearance in the 1020.

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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 in churning out applications for the platform, the Windows Store is still far from being as comprehensive as the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store.

In the departments where the Lumia 1520 does well, it really excels. The Full HD IPS display is just superb for all sorts of lighting conditions, with the ability to discern the pigment and brightness of individual pixels for the most accurate results.

The 1520’s 20-megapixel rear camera, a respectable phone camera with great image quality, lossless zooming and the ability to save images in unzipped RAW file format much like the Lumia 1020. Photos taken in daylight look fantastic and near life-like, and users have full control over the manual imaging settings such as white balance, ISO, and shutter speed with the Nokia Pro Cam app that made its first appearance in the 1020.

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BitBitByte

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-using a design for a second year is all fun and good. But stretching into three years and beyond and it’s not the same story (look at the Galaxy S5. If HTC can take the first and second generation Ones and make something progressive and new next year along with keeping the software improvements coming, they are on a great path. It’s worth the money that your carrier is asking and certainly worthy of your attention.

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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-using a design for a second year is all fun and good. But stretching into three years and beyond and it’s not the same story (look at the Galaxy S5. If HTC can take the first and second generation Ones and make something progressive and new next year along with keeping the software improvements coming, they are on a great path. It’s worth the money that your carrier is asking and certainly worthy of your attention.

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UnleashThePhones

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.

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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.

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BitBitByte

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 past or deal with the size, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is pretty much the only device worth looking at.

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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 past or deal with the size, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is pretty much the only device worth looking at.

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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 for watching videos and other media. The 1520 falls down as a phone, as it's simply too big to use with one hand and too large to fit in many pockets. There are also no extras like the Note's S Pen, so the only real standout is just the large screen, which will immediately put a lot of people off.

Overall, I would say the Lumia 1520 puts the case forward very nicely for phablets, but unless you have exceptionally big digits, I can't see you benefiting from the size as much as you'll feel the downsides. 

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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 for watching videos and other media. The 1520 falls down as a phone, as it's simply too big to use with one hand and too large to fit in many pockets. There are also no extras like the Note's S Pen, so the only real standout is just the large screen, which will immediately put a lot of people off.

Overall, I would say the Lumia 1520 puts the case forward very nicely for phablets, but unless you have exceptionally big digits, I can't see you benefiting from the size as much as you'll feel the downsides. 

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Notebookcheck

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 would allow faster recharging, and speedier data sharing. Besides that, the RRP is fairly steep even if the price has fallen considerably since its market launch. 

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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 would allow faster recharging, and speedier data sharing. Besides that, the RRP is fairly steep even if the price has fallen considerably since its market launch. 

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date November 15, 2013
Regions available USA, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/900/1800 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
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
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
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)
Battery Capacity 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 1644 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1506 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 32 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Yellow, White, Glossy Red, Black, Green
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
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 No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
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 Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Yahoo! Mail, Outlook Mobile, Gmail, Office 365, Nokia Mail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
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
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
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
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
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
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
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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