It’s an exciting day for Nokia! We all saw it coming, and it finally came. The Nokia Lumia 1520 has just been officially announced at Nokia World 2013!
This makes Nokia’s first phablet device, sporting a large 6″ full HD screen. The device looks absolutely monstrous when in the hands of at the event. Moving away from the Fabula design that are common with Nokia’s past flagship models, it looks to have taken its design cues from the Lumia 925, though sans the metal frame. The 20MP PureView camera adds a similarly small hump, one that seemed to grow on me with Nokia’s previous offerings. And while the phone itself is enormous, it’s also pretty thin at 8.7mm, though still not beating out the 925 which still wins as the thinnest Lumia to date.
Of course with a bigger screen, we’re getting more tiles, which is a feature now supported in Microsoft’s Update 3 (previously known as GDR3) which was recently released publicly to developers and enthusiasts alike. To be honest, it looks very cluttered now, but that’s just me.
We also get a number of new apps and experiences from Nokia, such as Storyteller and Nokia Camera (Elop stated with clear sarcasm how great of a name it is), the latter of which is a combination of Smart Cam and Pro Cam.
Nokia Storyteller: Nokia Storyteller organizes your photos into stories on an interactive HERE map by time and place. Cinemagraphs and smart photos play automatically. See points of interest around the photos taken and pull up contact info, call or email directly from Storyteller, enabling you to authentically re-experience your entire journey when the time comes.
Nokia Camera: Nokia Camera brings together the features from Nokia Pro Cam and Nokia Smart Cam modes into one application. It gives you the whole exclusive Nokia camera experience with fast access to editing and sharing.
These new apps will be included in Nokia’s upcoming Lumia software update, Lumia Black, which will come to current devices early next year.
Here’s a list of specs for our new friend:
- Windows Phone 8 Update 3 + Lumia Black
- 6″ 1080p ClearBlack ISP LCD display (368ppi)
- 20MP PureView Camera, ZEISS optics, 6-lenses
- 8.7mm thickness, weighing in at 206g
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (2.2 GHz Quad-Core)
- 3400mAh non-removable battery (24h 4G talk time, 95h music playback time)
- 2GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage expandable to 64GB
- Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 802.11ac support
- Wireless charging (with supported cover)
A lot of these are firsts for not only Nokia, but Windows Phone as well. We’re finally breaking ground into support for more cores, higher resolution screens, new connectivity standards, and high resolution photos (not exactly 41MP, but still higher than most of what’s out there). Nokia has done a great job packing these features into a slim and attractive device, giving us that same Nokia experience we come to expect with Lumias, albeit in a larger package.
If you wanna pick up this beautiful device, it’ll be available before the end of this year in the US, UK, France, Germany, China, Honk Kong, and Singapore, in black, white, red and yellow. Those in the US will have to look forward to that AT&T exclusivity that we love so much. (I was hoping for a multi-carrier launch…). The device will retail $749USD before taxes and subsidies. Think it’s worth the hefty price tag?