Nokia Lumia 1520 

Released November, 2013
  • Windows Phone, 8.1, 8
  • 4G
  • 6"
  • Quad core 2.2 GHz
Pro Camera shoots at two different resolutions - 5-megapixels and 16-megapixels in this case - allowing you to intelligently zoom in or out after you’ve taken the shot.
by PocketLint (Nov, 2013)
Those who accept the challenge will find the most capable Windows Phone 8 device yet, with top-of-the-range specs that include a stunning 1080p display and a superb 20-megapixel camera.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
7.8 Out of 10

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And the Lumia manages to beat most with its 20 megapixel main camera with dual LED flash and Carl Zeiss lens.

With all this in mind, we have to admit that the Lumia 1520 is one sleek, svelte smartphone for its size.

Excellent build, fantastic camera and options, beautiful screen, good battery life, Glance screen, Black OS will bring plenty more with it - including raw file capture from camera.

There's also an FM radio accessible from the Music + Video app once you've hooked up a set of headphones, but that's made pretty much redundant with the inclusion of the Nokia Music app.


8.5 Out of 10

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We also like that you can now pin this to the start screen so a single touch immediately takes you to LiveSight - pretty helpful when trying to direct a big group to the next pub fast.
by PocketLint (Nov, 2013)
It's a really lovely display that's viewable outdoors and it has bold and pleasing colors.
by MobileTechReview (Dec, 2013)
And seeing that it employs IPS LCD technology, it boasts natural looking colors, wide viewing angles, strong contrast, and a potent brightness output.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)


Whereas it’s a strong performer with its still image quality, its high-definition video quality is rather underwhelming.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)
It indeed is one of Nokia’s strongest camera efforts with a larger than usual 1/2.5” (25mm2) sensor, backside illumination and optical image stabilization.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)
Even though it continues to claim the top spot when it comes to camera quality, the phone as a whole, still didn't have the impressive hardware that would make it a modernized offering to compete with the elites.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)


They're automatically resized to fit the width of the screen, so on your Lumia 1520's 6-inch HD display you get a supremely readable view.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
First, we’re pleased that it’s able to shoot in 1080p and 720p at 30, 25, and 24 FPS – with the last giving shooters that “cinematic” look.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)
You also have plentiful options for video capture as you can pick between 1080p and 720p and supported framerates of 30, 25 and 24fps.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)


And this is why the Nokia Lumia 1520 is so well suited to music fans - it's got the content to back up its undeniably impressive specs.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
Glance currently displays the time as it bounces around the Lumia's screen, but with the Black update now adds in notifications for and colour options.
by PocketLint (Nov, 2013)
We like the way that individual emails are handled in Windows Phone 8.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

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Here Maps is also a fantastic native service that adds huge value to the OS and the 1520 - downloading maps and data-free navigating, even when driving, is hugely valuable.
by PocketLint (Nov, 2013)
On the latter point, it's worth noting that Windows Phone has always felt slick (if not always fast) regardless of the hardware running it, thanks to Microsoft's extremely tight spec guidelines and efficient software design, not to mention slick animations that serve to disguise variances in performance.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
Only when the Windows Phone OS allows itself to be moulded and expanded into this new super-sized form factor will it feel complete.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Type Super IPS LCD2
Size 6"
Resolution 1920 x 1080
PPI 367 ppi


Clock speed 2.2 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
Internal storage 32 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD

photo & video

Camera 20 MP
Resolution 20 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 1.2 MP
Video resolution 3840 x 2160 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G
  1. HSUPA (11 Mb/s)
  2. LTE Cat3
  3. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  4. LTE (20 Mb/s)
  5. HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
  6. LTE Cat4 (150 Mb/s)
  7. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  8. LTE Cat 4 (150/)


Talk time 1,644 min
Talk time (3G) 1,506 min
Standby time 46,080 min
Capacity 3,400 mA·h

form factor

Weight 209 g
Thickness 8.7 mm
Size 85.4 x 162.8 x 8.7 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes


Supports FM radio Yes


Operating system Windows Phone, 8.1, 8
Multitasking Yes
Adobe flash support Yes


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
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