Nokia launches Lumia 1520 phablet with 20MP camera for Rs 46,999 in India

16 Dec, 2013

Lumia 1520 phabletAfter unveiling the same earlier this year at an event held in Abu Dhabi (UAE), Finnish-handset manufacturer Nokia has now launched Lumia 1520, one of the first phablets from the company, in the Indian market. The device runs on the latest Windows Phone operating system and is available for purchase for Rs 46,999. However, you can already get your hands on it for Rs 1,000 cheaper (Rs 45,999) on a number of e-commerce sites. In September this year, Microsoft had acquired Nokia's mobile handset business for $7.2 billion. Here is a quick look at the specifications of the device.

Big brother of Lumia 1320 (another phablet by Nokia), this one has a 6 inch full HD LCD IPS touchscreen display (1080×1920 pixel resolution) with 367 ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core processor, and has 2 GB of RAM. The internal memory of the device is 32GB that can be further expanded an additional 64GB with a microSD card. The company is also providing 7GB of SkyDrive cloud storage.

In terms of camera, this one has a 20 MP PureView auto focus rear camera with dual LED flash, that can also record full high definition videos (1080 pixels) at 30 frames per second. The camera comes with ZEISS optics, optical image stabilisation (OIS), and 2x lossless zoom. It also has a 1.2 MP front-facing camera for video calling, which can also record HD videos (720p) at 30 fps.

On the connectivity front, the device comes with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G (depending on the region), and it also has a microUSB port. The device measures 162.8 mm x 85.4 mm x 8.7 mm and weighs 209 gm. This basically means that even though it packs a much meaner punch in terms of specifications, it is smaller, thinner, and lighter than the Lumia 1320, which measures 164.2 mm x 85.9 mm x 9.8 mm and weighs 220 gm.

It has a 3,400 mAh non-removable battery (with built-in wireless charging) that the company claims will provide over 25 hours of talk time and 768 hours of stand by time. This phablet also comes with Nokia HERE maps (for navigation), A-GPS, FM radio and Near Field Communication (NFC). It is available in black, white, and yellow colours.

While an over Rs 45,000 price tag for a Lumia device would have surprised us earlier, this is not the first time the company has priced a device as such. In October this year, the company launched its Lumia 1020- famous for its mammoth 41MP camera- for Rs 49,999 in the Indian market. Within two months of its launch, it is already available for as low as Rs 45,990 on sites like Flipkart.com. Hence, our suggestion would be to wait a while and see the prices fall, before opting to buy the new phablet.

In terms of competition, this one will compete with the likes of HTC One Max (Rs 53,909), Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Rs 46,900), LG G2 (Rs 42,490), and Sony Xperia Z Ultra (Rs 41,990), among others.