Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday October 22, 2013.
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Nokia has already surpassed the 6-inch barrier with the Lumia 625, but the largest Nokia phone at the time had a low-quality display. Nokia today announced the Lumia 1520 and 1320 smartphones, both have which offer the HD displays that 6-inch smartphone deserves.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 has a 6-inch screen with hallmarks of what we've come to expect from Nokia's Windows Phone 8 handsets: enhancements for outdoor visibility, Super sensitive touch panels that can be used with gloves, and ClearBlack to improve colors. What's different about this phone is that it switches to an IPS LCD that has a 1080p HD display (1920x1080). It measures 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7mm (6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34in) and weighs 209g (7.37oz).
Several other upgrades happen in the Lumia 1520, including a jump to a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor (Snapdragon 800). The phone has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, a microSD slot supporting up to 64GB, and a 3,400 mAh battery. A 20-megapixel rear camera has a Zeiss lens with auto-focus, a 1/2.45 inch sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 26mm focal length, and dual-LED flash. The front-facing camera has an HD 1.2-megapixel wide angle lens that also has f/2.4 aperture. The 1520 will have a new Nokia Camera, which merges the features of Nokia Pro Cam with Nokia Smart Cam into one app.
Nokia will sell the Lumia 1520 in matte yellow, white black, or glossy red beginning in the fourth quarter of 2013. The phone will cost $749 off-contract when sold in Hong Kong, Singapore, U.S., China, U.K., France, Germany, Finland and other European markets, though specific prices may vary in markets.
The Lumia 1320 will aim to offer lower-specked features to reflect its scaled back price. The 1320 will have an iPS 6-inch 720p display (1280x720), a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor (Snapdragon S4), 1 GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a 64GB microSD slot, and a 5-megapixel camera. The camera will have the same focal length and aperture as the 1520, but it will have a 1/4-inch sensor and a single LED flash. It measures 164.2 x 85.9 x 9.8mm (6.46 x 3.38 x 0.39in) and weighs 220g (7.76g).
Nokia will begin selling the Lumia 1320 in the first quarter of 2014. The phone will be available in orange, yellow, white, or black at a cost of $339 off-contract. China and Vietnam will be the first markets to see the phone, but India and other markets in Asia and Europe will follow soon after those launches.
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.