Nokia officially announced its highly-anticipated entry into the phablet market today. As Apple was launching new iPads and more, Nokia was also showing off its latest gadgets at Nokia World. The company launched two important devices: the Lumia 1520 phablet and a Windows RT tablet that is very similar to Microsoft's own Surface 2 tablet.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the first device that will ship with Microsoft's latest version of Windows Phone, which includes the GDR3 update. The software allows for more powerful hardware, bigger and better quality displays, and allows Nokia to do what it has done with the Lumia 1520 - bring Windows Phone to a 6-inch 1080p Full HD smartphone. The device is also rocking the latest quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor available, running at 2.2 GHz, finally allowing Windows Phone hardware to compete with Android rivals.
Nokia is obviously focusing on one main rival it wants consumers to choose the Lumia 1520 over, and that is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the current king of phablets. Nokia faces an uphill battle, but it has provided the hardware and top-notch Nokia-exclusive software that makes its smartphones the best Windows Phone devices on the market. If you're looking for a phablet that brings that familiar Windows feel to your smartphone and want to pin as many Live Tiles as possible to to your Start page, the Lumia 1520 may be just the thing.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 features a 6-inch 1080 x 1920 Full HD 1080P ClearBlack display that is also readable in the sunlight and can be used with gloves. The smartphone uses a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB f RAM to provide a fluid user experience. The Lumia 1520 includes 32GB of internal storage and users will be able to increase the device's storage through its expansion slot that will support up to 32GB microSD cards.
Its camera capabilities will include a high-end 20-megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeiss Optics (currently found on the Lumia 1020), optical image stabilization (OIS), as well as enhanced settings and imaging features. It also comes with Microsoft Office, Nokia Music, Camera, and more built-in. It will be available in choice of yellow, glossy red, or back. The Lumia 1520 will support wireless charging out of the box and pack in a large non-removable 3,400 mAh battery.
"AT&T was the first to launch a 4G LTE Windows Phone, and first to enter the large screen space. We are proud to bring the Nokia Lumia 1520 exclusively to the U.S. on the nation's fastest and now most reliable 4G LTE network," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility. "We continue to offer our customers the best Windows Phone portfolio and the top lineup of Nokia Lumia devices in the U.S. For more information, please visit www.att.com/lumia1520."
As rumored, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is will be an exclusive on AT&T and will be available in time for the holidays.