The Nokia Lumia 1520 looks like it's a beast of a Windows Phone smartphone. Think Lumia 920, but beefed up in a considerable number of ways.
We've already seen leaked press photos of the Lumia 1520, so there won't be too many surprises when Nokia makes it official. However, we're expecting quite a bit under the hood.
It will be interesting to see what kind of reception the new flagship Lumia will receive, as the 920 and Lumia 1020 are still relatively fresh on everyone's radar.
Nokia Lumia 1520 display
From what we've heard, the Lumia 1520 display might be a 6-inch monster, which would put it in the phablet zone, as much as we hate that word.
The leaked photos and press images seem to suggest that it is going to be the biggest Lumia yet, at least in terms of size.
If the display is anything like previous models, it will be an AMOLED ClearBlack display. What that means is easy visibility in broad daylight, and strong contrast with deep blacks.
Nokia Lumia 1520 camera
We know that Nokia takes its camera technology pretty seriously, but we're not going to see anything like the 41MP PureView camera here like we did on the Lumia 1020.
What we're hearing so far is that the Nokia Lumia 1520 will have a 20MP camera, which is still a massive resolution by today's smartphone camera standards.
It will undoubtedly have excellent low-light performance as previous Lumias have had, and excellent color reproduction and sharpness thanks to Nokia's and Carl Zeiss's optics.
If the 1520 is like the previous Lumia flagships, we'll also anticipate 1080p video recording with OIS, or optical image stabilization. That same stabilization system ought to help with still camera performance in less than optimal lighting conditions, too.
Nokia Lumia 1520 release date
The Lumia 1520 seems a little late to the party if you've been following rumors, but since no official release dates have been announced, it just feels late.
We were expecting to see this Windows Phone 8 device a week or two ago. However, we're now hearing that October 22 is the date for the official announcement. And Nokia is planning on holding the event in Abu Dhabi, of all places.
Given that the announcement is going to be in late October, we're thinking that the actual availability will be within the coming weeks, probably some time before the holidays hit.
Additionally, Nokia says there will be six devices on hand at the Abu Dhabi event, which could also mean more phones and perhaps even tablets. If we were to really stretch our imagination, maybe some wearable tech, too.
Nokia Lumia 1520 design
Right now, it looks like the Lumia 1520 is just an overgrown 920, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, gigantic smartphones can be a little unwieldy.
From the looks of leaked photos and the press photos, the body seems to share the same polycarbonate material that its predecessors had. It's doesn't feel cheap, and it looks nice even though it's plastic.
The 1520's shape and curvature is very much like the Lumia 1020 and 920, which makes sense if Nokia is to make the Lumia Windows Phone handsets distinct and different from its competition.
The glass covering the display also looks like it curves very gently into the body, as Lumia smartphones do. This gives the device a very seamless feel overall, and it looks nice, too.
So far we can glean a lot from the leaked images and rumors, but we're just weeks away from Nokia's official announcement where we'll bring you all the finer details about its new flagship device.
Nokia Lumia 1520 pricing
Right now, we don't have any concrete information on the Lumia 1520 price.
It would be easy to go off of the pricing of the Lumia 920, or perhaps even the 1020 with its inflated price tag thanks to the PureView camera. However, it's not that easy in this case.
We would guess, given its sheer size, that it would hover around the $299 range with a two-year contract or agreement in the U.S.
Outright, we would guess somewhere in the $600-800 range based on its size, and depending on memory capacities and options.
While it's hard to play guessing games with pricing these days, the Lumia 1520 price ought to be what you'd expect from a very large Windows Phone 8 device. It probably won't break your bank, if that's what you're fearing.