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Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia Lumia 1520

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The Nokia Lumia 1520 currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 43 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a handheld powerhouse that has been repeatedly referred to by reviewers as the best Windows Phone released to date. TechnoBufallo's Todd Haselton rates the hardware as excellent, and GigaOM's Alex Colon says the software is "the best version of Windows Phone" ever made. Well worth your consideration says Eric Zeman of Phone Scoop.

The 1520 boasts a highly impressive list of specs including a full HD 6-inch IPS screen, a 20+ megapixel main camera, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a 3,400 mAh battery. It's "a lot of smartphone" says Dan Rowinksi of ReadWriteWeb.

Of course, there are flaws. As a phone, it's been deemed too big and unwieldy for the average user by The Guardian's Samuel Gibbs. Other reviewers including Matthew Miller of ZDNet seem to echo the sentiment, although they maintain that overall, it's still very much a winner.

If you're ready for an alternative to Apple and Android, the 1520 looks like a winner. It has an attractive price with a new two-year contract and plenty of powerful specs.

As Andrew Kameka of MobileBurn puts it, this mobile corrects all the past mistakes of Windows Phone models, and it provides an excellent way to dive into the new Windows ecosystem.

The Good: Amazing display quality, great camera, long battery life.

The Bad: Not pocket-friendly, lacks certain apps found on other platforms.

Windows Phone
Operating system
Operating system
Windows Phone
2.2 GHz
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
20+ MP
20+ MP
3400 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


Nokia Lumia 1520 was launched on the market to offer Windows Phone fans an alternative in the phablet range. With this device, Nokia managed to cover two categories at the same time, phablet and flagship.I truly believe that the few weak points that I found may be fixed by Microsoft in future softwa...

- Cosmin Vasile, Softpedia
What Hi-Fi
What Hi-Fi

The best Windows Phone on the market, but there are still a few quirks.

- Kob Monney, What Hi-Fi
Expert Reviews
Expert Reviews

Nothing particularly ground-breaking, just a very, very competent Windows Phone phablet.

- Chris Finnamore, Expert Reviews
My Nokia Blog
My Nokia Blog

The 1520 is without a doubt the best WP you can buy on the market today, and it’ll out-spec most of those androids as well...

- Aliqudsi, My Nokia Blog

The Lumia 1520 has a polycarbonate unibody design prevalent among Lumia phones, and like the others features Corning Gorilla Glass 2 screen protection which covers the entire front of the device, including the three capacitive keys on the face. The keys in question are also status quo for Nokia smar...

- Joe Devanesan, Mobile88

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia Lumia 1520 user manual here.

Nokia backs up the Lumia 1520 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Lumia 1520 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Nokia Lumia 1520's screen size is 6 inches with x pixels resolution.

2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

20+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3400 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 32 days standby time, 1644 minutes, 816 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia 1520 Specs

Release Date November 15, 2013
Regions Available USA, United Kingdom
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Quad core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.64 W/kg
Body: 0.2 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
20+ Megapixels
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, ISO, Image stabilization, Panorama, White balance, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
1+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 368 pixels
Size 6 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 648 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 816 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1644 minutes
Standby Time Up to 32 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Yellow, White, Glossy Red, Black, Green
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.3 x 8.5 x 0.9 cm (6.4 x 3.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 209 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, IM
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Themes: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
ECML / Digital Wallet: Yes
Audio Formats: MP3, MP4, eAAC+, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA Pro, WMA, M4A, AMR-NB
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: Yes
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Radio: Yes (FM)
Wi-fi Encryption: WEP/WPA/WPA2
Viewable document types: DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

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