Windows Phone has never looked this good. The latest update to Microsoft’s mobile operating system, known as Update 3, added support for 1080p displays, large smartphone screens and state-of-the-art processors. And now, these features are finally showing up on actual hardware. The first device to tick off all these boxes is the Nokia Lumia 1520, a 6-inch flagship with all of the trimmings we’ve been waiting to see on a Windows Phone device for three years now.
Because high-end Windows Phones have been limited to whatever specs Microsoft officially supports, we’ve felt that Nokia’s flagships didn’t differ enough in specs from the lowest-end Lumias to justify the enormous price difference. At least, they didn’t until now. The Lumia 1520 is the first top-of-the-line Windows Phone device that brings the best possible components. So, what’s WP8 like on hardware that isn’t behind the times? Let’s find out.
A full array of Nokia Lumia 525 specs have leaked online, with the mooted handset looking set to be a minor upgrade on the existing Nokia Lumia 520.
With the Nokia Lumia 520 having become the most popular Windows Phone handset to date, a successor looks a certainty, with latest Nokia Lumia 525 specs suggesting the follow-on will not feature any radical changes of the tested model.
According to a range of Nokia Lumia 525 specs leaked courtesy of Chinese site Baidu, the only hardware difference between the two devices will be a jump from 512MB of RAM to a new 1GB offering.
Set to be powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, the leaked Nokia Lumia 525 specs have hinted at the Windows Phone 8 OS lining up alongside a 4-inch IPS display with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution
STANDING TALL: THE NOKIA LUMIA 1520 AND LUMIA 1320
Today, at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi, Nokia unveiled its two new large screen smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320.
Both devices feature 6-inch screens to make the most of the enhanced Windows Phone Start screen and three columns for Live tiles allowing you to see and do more on the larger screen.
Bigger is better
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The Nokia Lumia 1520 features a 1080p full HD screen, 20MP PureView camera with optical image stabilization, enhanced sensor technology, oversampling and outstanding zoom capabilities, along with the latest imaging app called Nokia Camera. You will also enjoy the new Nokia Storyteller app to relive your memories in a new and dynamic way and truly share better stories with your friends and family.
Nokia Storyteller automatically integrates the pictures from your phone with HERE location information and creates a chronological picture journey on a map. Look up points of interests, get contact information and check out user reviews all directly from Nokia Storyteller for an interactive experience. It also automatically plays back animated pictures, videos and smart photos so your stories truly come to life.
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But the stories don’t stop with the Nokia apps alone. With Twitter Vine soon available for the first time for Windows Phone 8, you can capture and tweet short looping videos to share more via social media. Or maybe you just want to share all of your new photos and quick video clips. Now you can with Instagram for Windows Phone 8.
And to capture some stunning videos, the Lumia 1520 features Nokia Rich Recording with four microphones, providing directional stereo recording capability to capture distortion free audio from the preferred direction for clear, accurate sound. (We will have more information to share with you about the Lumia 1520’s audio capabilities soon.)
You will also find the new Nokia Beamer app to share content, like pictures, location on a map or even your camera viewfinder from your Lumia to any compatible screen – with people in the same room or even in another location by sending them a link via social media, email or SMS.
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Boost your daily productivity
The Lumia 1520 is a genuine workhorse, too. It comes with Microsoft Office built in, so you can have the flexibility to work when you need to; and it includes a massive battery with integrated wireless charging (Qi compatible). This powerful combination means you can manage to easily log a whole day of work and enjoy entertainment like movies without worrying about finding a place to charge up.
The ability to show a third column on the Start screen isn’t just about scaling the experience of Windows Phone 8. It really is about getting to you favorite apps faster with less scrolling. For instance, the email app now shows one additional row of content in the Live tile, right on the Start screen.
Do you do a lot of video conferencing? The front-facing camera on the Lumia 1520 offers 1.2 HD 720p wide angle video so you’ll always look your best.
And, with the new Papyrus app coming to Windows Phone for the first time, you can easily take handwritten notes on your Nokia Lumia 1520.
Boost your high scores
This phone will also please the gamer in all of us. With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and full 1080p HD display, graphics-intensive Xbox games will explode with action. You will also find 2GB RAM built in, 32GB of storage, plus the option to add a microSD card (up to 64GB), as well as 7GB of free SkyDrive cloud-based storage.
The Lumia 1520 features all the latest in display technology to make the beautiful six inch screen stand out, even in the brightest sunlight. With ClearBlack display technology, High Brightness Mode and assertive display technology by Apical, the screen offers a viewing experience to enjoy no matter what the light conditions are. And when winter rolls in, wearing gloves won’t prevent you from using the screen just as easily as before thanks to the super sensitive touch screen with Gorilla Glass 2.
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According to Ilkka Husgafvel, the lead industrial designer for the Lumia 1520, “Purity was one of the main drivers in the creation of this device, along with understanding the scale available in the large screen. We aimed to create a device that feels thin and comfortable in the hand: it’s only 8.7mm deep.”
The phone features ceramic keys on the side, and subdued icons at the front. It will be available in four Lumia colors (white, yellow, red and black): the black phone is made of recycled materials.
The Nokia Lumia 1320 – going large at a lower price
Similar to the Lumia 1520 – and building on the affordability of the Lumia 520 – the new Nokia Lumia 1320 also features a 6-inch screen and a wealth of features at a lower price.
But this does not mean that there was a compromise on quality. The phone boosts a 720p HD screen made with Gorilla Glass 3, and features a super sensitive touch screen. It includes Nokia Music and HERE Maps for great music and location experiences, and welcomes both Nokia Camera and Nokia Storyteller apps, available in the Windows Phone Store.
With the latest apps, the best from Nokia, and the best from Microsoft supported by LTE connections you can make the most out of the bright large screen on the Lumia 1320. Sit back and relax while you play the latest Xbox games, read web content, or watch movies on the six inch screen. A wealth of content can be stored using the free 7GB of SkyDrive storage or with the addition of a micro SD card adding up to 64GB more space.
When can I get it?
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is expected to begin selling this quarter in Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States, China and Europe (including Finland, France, Germany, and the UK), followed by other markets; and it has an estimated price of around USD 749 before local taxes and subsidies.
The Nokia Lumia 1320 will be available in a choice of orange, yellow, black, or white, and is planned to be available first in China and Vietnam in early 2014, followed by other Asian markets, India and European markets. It carries an estimated price of USD 339 before local taxes and subsidies.
Many of the new features and imaging innovations found in the Nokia Lumia 1520 and Nokia Lumia 1320 will be coming to existing Nokia Lumia smartphones running on Windows Phone 8 aligned with the next software update called “Lumia Black”. The update, including the latest Windows Phone update from Microsoft, is expected to begin rolling out in early 2014.
Specifications for the Nokia Lumia 1520
Operating System: Windows Phone 8 with the latest updates
Primary camera: PureView 20-megapixel Auto Focus ZEISS optics with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 2x lossless zoom, oversampling technology, dual LED flash, 1080p @ 30 fps full HD video with optical image stabilization
Secondary Camera: HD 1.2-megapixel wide angle
Size & weight: 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7mm (volumetric). Weight: 209g
The 1320 features some respectable specs that will appeal to wide range of users, such as a 720p ClearBlack panel, LTE and an impressive 3,400mAh battery. Imaging enthusiasts won’t be terribly ecstatic about the 5MP autofocus camera on the back, and plenty of people will balk at the 8GB of internal storage (though microSD expansion is available). It will also come with a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM.
Nokia has already announced that they’ll be holding an event on October 22, but today they announced what they’ll be announcing. In a new teaser photo, the company is showing off a new phone, tablet and laptop with the caption, “Watch the action on your screen of choice.”
We’ve been hearing chatter about the alleged phablet-style smartphone and the tablet, called the Lumia 1520 and 2520, respectively, but the laptop is a bit of a curious surprise. Seeing as how Nokia hasn’t released a laptop since 2009, we never would’ve thought the company was getting back into the game, but it looks like it’s ready after a four-year hiatus.
As for the smartphone (or phablet, if you want to call it), it’s rumored to be called the Lumia 1520 and will come with a 6-inch 1080p display to take on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, as well as the rumored HTC One Max. Currently, the Galaxy Note 3 is the only one of its kind, but competitors are quickly fixing that.
Microsoft has reached out to HTC to see if the company would be interested in adding Windows as a second OS to its Android handsets, a new report by Bloomberg claims. It isn’t clear exactly how the two operating systems would share the handset, in terms of allowing dual-booting or making a user choose a default at device setup, but it’s a sign Redmond may be thinking about pulling out all the stops to get people using its mobile OS.
These talks are in very early stages, according to Bloomberg’s sources, and there’s a possibility that Microsoft may even reduce or eliminate its licensing fee for Windows Phone to make it more attractive to HTC. HTC seems to be a target because it’s a former partner that has already built both Windows and Android hardware (though it doesn’t seem to be too keen on delivering more on the Windows Phone side). Microsoft’s head of Operating Systems Terry Myerson is said to be heading to Taiwan to discuss the arrangement in further detail with HTC, says Bloomberg.
Nokia is preparing to launch a 6-inch Lumia 1520 Windows Phone. We got a brief look at the phone last month thanks to a leaked image, but Verge reader KaZ has supplied a number of new photos of the device. The images compare the Lumia 1520 to a Sony Xperia handset, and they show just how big this 6-inch 1080p handset is. KaZ claims the device has 2GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 6-inch 1080p display, 32GB of storage, and an SD slot.
Since 2010, when Microsoft released its all-new Windows Phone smartphone software, all of the handsets that have run it have had one thing in common. The most notable thing about each of them has been that they’ve run Windows Phone, an underdog of an operating system that departs from Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in multiple ways, some of which are pretty clever.
And then there’s Nokia’s Lumia 1020. Like all new Nokia smartphones, it’s a Windows Phone 8 model. But that’s a secondary fact. The most interesting thing about the 1020 is that it packs a breakthrough camera, one so good that it’s as reasonable to think of this gadget as a camera that makes calls as a phone that takes pictures.
People — myself included — got excited when Nokia announced the 808 PureView last year, a phone which offered similar camera capabilities but ran the moribund Symbian operating system. With the Lumia 1020, the technology arrives in a phone you might actually want to buy. It’s available from AT&T for $300 with a two-year contract, or $660 without any strings attached. That’s for a model with 32GB of non-upgradable storage.
The Nokia Lumia 620 and Nokia Lumia 520 are currently Nokia’s cheapest Windows Phone 8 mobil. They are both top-notch budget phones that have convinced us that Windows can be a good alternative to an Android phone for budget buyers.
But what’s the difference between the two phones?
The Lumia 520 has a larger screen
It may be the lower-end mobile of the two, but the Lumia 520 has a slightly larger screen than the Lumia 620. Where the 520 has a 4-inch screen, the 620 uses a 3.8-inch display.
There’s not a huge difference usability-wise, and both phones use IPS panels of 480 x 800 pixel resolution. We’d ideally like to see a few more pixels packed into these displays, but only truly high-end Windows phones that tend to cost several times the price offer higher pixel density.