Earlier this week, Nokia had announced its Lumia 1520 phablet. It happens to be the Finnish phone maker's biggest Windows smartphone to date and is the first Windows phone to use a 1080p display. If the handset is successful, then it will set a standard for Windows phones in the future.
Gizbot got an opportunity to go hands-on with the handset at the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. Read on to gain an understanding of our first impressions of the Lumia 1520.
Design wise, there aren't any surprises. The handset's design scheme is line with the Lumia family. It comes in bright colors and uses the traditional, solid, one-piece plastic back. It offers solid grip when held and its smooth finish feels good. The phone is not very thin at 8.6mm and is somewhat wide. But owing to its curved edges and design, it is tolerable to hold. However, this is common with most phablets.
Overall, the Lumia 1520 has a nice body. Its easier to hold when compared to most phablets. However, you shouldn't expect to be able to pull off any sort of one hand operation with this handset. Since the weight is distributed evenly, the device does not feel heavy when held.
The display is easily one of the best aspects of the phone. Microsoft's 1080p support here is the real change. The saturation is brilliant, the colors are vivid and the viewing angles are neat. Overall, its easily the best display that we've seen on a Windows phone. If you're considering this phone, then be prepared to experience some visual brilliance.
Also, since there's an increase in screen real estate, you will notice that there are three columns of tiles as opposed to two(which we saw on previous Windows phones).
The phone uses a Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, the same chip that populates the company's Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet. Apps feel responsive and the phablet breezes through tasts with ease. As you'd expect, this processor offers a serious bump in performance when compared to other Windows phones.