We saw a couple of leaks in the past week, but Nokia’s gone and pulled the curtain aside, revealing the industry’s fastest Windows Phone smartphone. The Lumia 1520 finally brings Windows Phone into the next generation, either beating or meeting the specifications of every other company’s flagship smartphone.
Windows Phone fans have for some time complained that many Windows Phone models have been a generation or two behind the rest of the market when it comes to specifications – lower resolution displays, slower, dual-core chips, less RAM, etc. To some extent, this has been mitigated by the performance of the underlying OS – despite offering fewer apps, many phone enthusiasts have remarked that the Windows Phone software has matched or exceeded the performance of Apple’s iOS; iOS is often considered the gold standard for smoothness on new hardware.
That means that the Lumia 1520 should absolutely fly. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, which is the current favorite chipset for most flagship smartphones. It’s partnered with 2GB of RAM, a 6-inch, 1920×1080 display, and a new 20MP PureView camera.
Like most recent Lumia phones, Nokia has put a special focus on the phone’s camera. It may not have the massive 41MP resolution and sensor from the Lumia 1020, but it does incorporate some of the same features of that phone, such as oversampling and a backside illuminated sensor. There’s also optical image stabilization, which is a major help in taking sharp shots on a smartphone. Nokia’s new “Nokia Camera” will let users have some pretty deep control of the phone’s camera module, including support for RAW picture files. The new camera app replaces both custom apps that Nokia shipped on Lumia phones before, such as the Smart Camera or Pro Camera software.
In addition to the camera, the phone has some impressive audio cred. It won’t hold up to the delightful stereo speakers found on the HTC One and HTC One Max, but it does have a whopping four microphones, which let you record stereo audio for videos. You’ll be able to record a lot of those, too – the Lumia 1520 comes with 32GB of flash storage, and supports micro-SD expansion up to an additional 64GB.
Rounding out the specs are a 3,400 mAH battery and Qi-flavored wireless charning. There are also a few new apps that are coming along for the ride, which should be no surprise for fans of Nokia’s Lumia line (crowd favorites, such as Instagram and Vine, are incoming).
If you’re looking to pick up this new beast (and who wouldn’t?), you can expect to pay $750 for an unsubsidized model when it comes to market later this year (it’s launching in Europe and Asia first – which makes sense, given how well Windows Phone has been doing in Europe). When it does hit the U.S., it’s going to be an AT&T exclusive.
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