Both Microsoft and Nokia have revealed that the Lumia 1520, the first Windows Phone phablet, will be released via AT&T on November 22nd. The device was opened for pre-ordering on 8th November with 4 color choices: red, black, white and yellow. At the launch, fans will have the choice of a 16GB model available with a 32GB device promised in the near future. At a $199.99 price point, the device is set for shipping on Nov 19. AT&T will offer the device with a two-year contract although built-in wireless charging will only be available to international users. AT&T subscribers will have to buy a shell accessory to enable wireless charging.
At 1/3-inch thick, 209g the device is comfortable to carry around in your pocket. The 6-inch HD screen incorporates Nokia’s ClearBlack technology supporting a sizeable Start screen with three columns—room with six small Live Tiles across.
“The Lumia 1520 is the first Windows Phone on the market with a 6-inch 1080p full HD screen,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. “The large screen and extra real estate not only accommodate more Live Tiles, but also give you more room to view photos and videos on leading social networking apps or presentations on PowerPoint. The Lumia 1520 is a natural fit for AT&T’s blazing fast 4G LTE network and our industry leading portfolio of Windows devices.”
It comes equipped with a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with support for quad-core processing, 2GB RAM and 20 megapixel PureView camera spotting Carl Zeiss optics. ”
Windows Phone 8 offers over 175,000 apps. The 1520 debuts will support a list of new photo apps released by Nokia. The Nokia Camera which includes Nokia Pro Camera and Nokia Smart Camera can easily switch between camera modes and preview setting changes in real-time. Your pictures can also be plotted on a map along with their location info courtesy of Nokia Storyteller.
Purchasing the 1520 at a Microsoft Store gets you $70 worth of app vouchers. AT&T subscribers will get a free copy of Halo: Spartan Assault with the purchase.
Other devices that will be launched simultaneously with Lumia 1520 are Xbox One and the Lumia 2520.
Nokia Lumia 1520 specs
Operating System: Updated Windows Phone 8
Networks: GSM/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz; WCDMA: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz; ROW LTE: 1, 3, 7, 8, 20; USA LTE: 2, 4, 5, 7, 17; HSPA+: DL 42 Mbps (Cat 24) / UL 11.5 Mbps (Cat 7)
Speed: LTE 150/50 mbps, DC-HSPA 42mbps
Memory: 2GB RAM, 32 GB internal user memory; 7 GB SkyDrive cloud storage, micro SD card support up to 64GB
Display: 6-inch full HD 1080p LCD , ClearBlack, High Brightness Mode, Sunlight readability, Super sensitive touch for glove and nail usage, Gorilla Glass 2
Processor: 2.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
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
Connectivity: NFC, A-GPS+GLONASS, WLAN (2.4/5Ghz) a/b/g/n/ac, μUSB, BT 4.0 LE, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Ambient Light Sensor
Battery: 3400 mAh (integrated) with built-in wireless charging (Qi compatible)
Audio: Rich Recording with four microphones; Wideband Voice and multi-microphone noise reduction with four microphones; Dolby(R) Headphone, Graphic equalizer, Audio leveling; FM radio
Sources: Nokia Conversation, Windows Phone Blog