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New photo of the Nokia Lumia 1520 from China shows off massive display

Although the Lumia 1520 is still weeks away from being announced by Nokia, that hasn’t stopped a new photo from coming out of China today. In fact, we bet we’ll see this device numerous times before it is officially revealed, not leaving too much to the imagination.

In the new photo, no new hardware or specifications are revealed but we do get a nice quality look at the massive 1080P display.  Along with it, you can see just how many Tiles can be stacked on each other, giving users plenty of flexibility in configuring their devices.

The Lumia 1520 is expected to go sale in the US on AT&T on November 8th. The device will come in four colors, including red, yellow, white and black. Featuring a 1080P display, the first of its kind Windows Phone will be the largest yet, all powered by a 3400 mAh battery.

Source: Weibo; via Sim Only Radar, New Cell Phones Blog; Thanks, Josh and et, for tips

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New photo of the Nokia Lumia 1520 from China shows off massive display

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1080p doesn't give you more rows/colums, the screen being 6" does.
You could still have as many on a 720p 6" screen, just with a little less clarity.

I was under the impression the increased resolution (from 720p to 1080p) is what allowed more tiles because the tiles are the same size in terms of pixels, but the screen resolution is higher so you can fit more.

Technically/programatically Microsoft can still fit more tiles on 720p or even less, although it will not look sharp because of the dpi

That's what I was thinking. From my understand, on the windows 8 PCs and laptops higher resolutions bring more tiles. So yeah...you will need a 1080p screen resolution to get the extra space. Screen size does not decide what the resolution will be nor does it decide what will show up. Dell proved that with the Dell Streak.

That means everything, including text will be a lot smaller, do you really want smaller objects on a 4.3" device?

You are wrong. The increased screen size is what allows for more tiles to be shown, seeing as they ARE of the same size as before.

Developer here, 1080p does allow more rows/columns because it is 50% more than 1080p. Current assets we give to the store are made for 720p so they would remain the same

why can't you change resolutions on a phone?
like you can do on a pc? that way, if the phone at 1080p
was too small, you could set the resolution to 720p or
lower if you wanted?
 
is there a technical problem with this?
have never seen an option on a phone for this.
do it on pc's all the time.

That sort of thing existed with Windows Mobile (idk about actually changing resolutions on the same device, maybe with some registry hacks), but you could get a device with pretty much any resolution and it didn't require OS support that way Windows Phone does. The problem is usuability. On the desktop it's fine because typically a higher resolution means bigger displays so you can just show more content, but on a phone it tends to mean just higher DPI so you have to scale everything accordingly. And with scaling comes problems with assets looking ugly. They already suffered some of that when getting converting WP7 apps to support 720P displays and the new tile sizes in WP8, it's not something you want to keep doing.

On Windows 8 rows/columns are linked to screen size, not resolution. 4" screen would make the extra tiles too small regardless of the resolution. You could put a 4K display on a 4" phone and you're still going to be limited in the number of tiles. Tiles have to be big enough to read easily and to touch reliably.

Me too wish the same...it would have been great if Nokia released same specs with 4:3" screen or max 4:5".

Unfortunately all that screen space comes with higher hardware specifications. While I do not like like the size and I have mocked it in the past, but if nothing else in the size of the 920 comes out with the specs that are in the 1520 I will have to bite the bullet and get one. >_>

The 1520 has a lot more going for it. But the one thing the mega has is I can get one now. But with this just around the corner I'm waiting for the 1520. If this was 6-8 out I don't think I would wait.

Time for me to change to 1520 from 920. Much more of a difference as compared to 925,928 or even the 1020.

AT&T Next is the biggest rip off. I suggest, if you can, try to pay full price. Selling your current phone will help, especially if it's in good condition.

Absolute rip off and an Att rep even agreed with me. No way would I add another $20-30 month to my bill for 20 months. Their ads are so deceptive because they don't mention that extra $20-$30 month. Instead of $36 upgrade fee (which most times you can get removed) every 18 months they resort to this crap.

It comes with a SD slot. WPC did an article, or an article containing, some specs, and a SD slot was one item mentioned.

Yes it has a microsd slot. If it didn't this would be DOA for me. This device may actually replace my Surface RT, kindle keyboard and 920 in one fell swoop. Far more mature app situation in WP8 than Windows RT; 6 inch 1080p screen makes it a viable e-reader replacement; microsd makes this a media and games hoss vs. Windows 8/RT. And it's sure to be a conversation starter on the train.

The larger battery would be nice in a 920, but as the screen is also massively bigger I don't think you'll notice it

No! Nokia. Everyday I'm falling more and more in love with the Phablet. My must have devices this Christmas is the XBox One & this 6inch Nokia Lumia.

trying to get approval for 1520 and surface pro 2.... best phone and best tablet... dream come true

The Me Tile is scratched out. Wonder what the other one scratched out is. It appears to be a tiled picture of Greece with phone tools on the tiles.

Aside from cutting edge specs, I want all future Windows Phone from Microsoft to be called as 'Nokia-something' not as 'Microsoft-heaven-knows-what' or 'Windows-Phone-I-don't-freaking-care'!

I agree. Please keep the Nokia brand. I trust Nokia more than O do MS. An os is nothing without solid hardware.

Microsoft doesn't have the charm that Nokia delivered for the past century. Nokia is very well known here in the Philippines. A lot of people knows about iPhone and Samsung (not Android) and even BlackBerry but no one knows what Windows Phone is. Some, maybe. By ditching 'Nokia' it's like they're ditching Nokia's legion of fans. Nokia did not die instantly unlike BlackBerry and that is because of brand loyalty. Microsoft should think about this first.

Nokia *does* have a stronger brand recall here in the Philippines, and I don't think Microsoft's just gonna up and ditch the brand altogether. I think the main problem here is that not a lot of people know what 'Windows Phone' is. Heck, I honestly don't remember ever seeing a store that has an working WP demo unit. Microsoft PH/Nokia/HTC should realize this, and maybe cooperate with Telcos so that they can better push WP awareness to the masses.

The hardware is being developed by the same people. So, unless Microsoft orders them to cut corners, it should be just as solid. The name doesn't matter.

If the Nokia-Microsoft deal goes through, forget about seeing the Nokia name on your devices unless you buy an Asha device.

I was joyful when I heard MS will buy Nokia but after the news that the Nokia I know will perish after the acquisition, I'm filled with disgust. MS is stupid for thinking that by removing 'Nokia', Windows Phone will grow. Not a single soul knows a Microsoft branded phone. People only bought Lumias because it's Nokia. I did. In addition to that, there are reports that MS will ditch Asha. What the heck were they thinking?

"Not a single soul knows a Microsoft branded phone" because their hasn't been one. Not a single soul knew an Apple branded phone in 2006.

You can vote on the WP uservoice page, but it's unlikely that would have any affect. There is a lot more involved than just a decision to use it or not.

A Petition to increase pageviews????
its better to understand Nokia is still Nokia with Microsoft...
Nokia or Surface it doesnt matter... which ever offers the outstanding quality with groundbreaking innovations... we shall adapt...

I personally prefer windows branding. I associate Nokia with well built handsets with disappointing software. I associate Windows with pc software. So if I didn't understand about phones and i saw a windows branded phone I'd make the assumption that it was very powerful like a pc in my pocket. Seeing the live tiles would confirm this further. If i saw a Nokia branded phone i would think that it will have snake on it.

China once again show how they are able to change this world for new generation communist doctrines in NWO. Of course not only China.

Not a fan of the huge display but if this is easy to use with one hand, i would definitely get this ASAP. Especially if it's Snapdragon 800 quad-core.

Good thing for me, as I have some pretty big hands ;P I just want to try this out when its released. I don't think I'd want to buy it. Just see what it's like for a while. Lol.

I'm trying to hope here. If the rumors about the 825 are real then i have no idea what to get. I want a WP8 phone with Snapdragon 800 (which the 825 is rumored to only have a Snapdragon 400) but i also want a not-too-big a phone. See my dilemma? :))

Hmm my suggestion... wait for the next gen Lumia 920, or 925.

I expect them both to continue the 4.5 inch screen (maybe jump to 4.7?) and of course updated CPU's maybe not the Snapdragon 800, perhaps the 600 series? which is still a 55% increase over what the current gen has now :)

Nokia-gasm. I'm happy. I love my 920 and what it offers but a 1080p display and 3400mAh battery sound great.

They not too close, it's the same distance as on any Lumia, just the phone is bigger and if they were to strech them to keep with 920 look it would also be unconfortable to use with one hand.

Also it will allow the device to be handled easier without accidentally touching the capacitive buttons. The amount of time I've passed my phone to show someone a photo and they launch bing is annoying.

Exactly...i hit the search and back button all the time. hate it. One more reason to get this phone

I wish it came in gold.  Gold is Best! Best, Best, BEST!!!   /s
 
Seriously though, I want this on Verizon.

Never! I was just poking fun at those who like iPhones because there's not much "revolutionary" about it. This is a significant change for Windows Phone.

Apple: What's the one color Nokia haven't released yet?
Answer...Gold
Apple Fans: Scrambling to get in line.
News Media: its a revolutionary phone and the phone to have.

It appears that the IE tile is using one of those customization apps that lets you put a picture in the background.

Now *that* is a windows phone that I could get on board with.  Love all the information right on the home screen. 
My next phone is the Note 3, but I'm keeping my eye on windows phone for the future. 

Normally I'd agree, but since Nokia forgot the main point of a phablet (the stylus), the Note 3 is still the one to get.

This would be awesome filled with nothing but full size and half size tiles, none of those little ones that we have to use now to fit more on the screen.

Windows RT would have been awesome for the 6" nokia lumia1520.. May be something to expect in the future?
Me: hopeful..

seems like the tiles wont have a unified color but a color for each set of tiles. i still cant figure out according to what will the colors be distributed though.

Am I correct in thinking that one may be able to change the individual tile colors? Look at the row near the bottom, starting with Evernote. If that's the official camera tile, it would be the accent color of most of the tiles near the top, right?

I noticed that the IE tile is cyan, when it should be colored as the rest of the theme. That would be cool though to choose certain apps to have a different theme color.

Ahh... Okay, thanks. OneNote user here. I wasn't aware that the Camera tile wasn't the official one.

Yes there are more tiles, but the tiles are smaller than their sub-6" counterparts.  This is something that I wish we could change in setup.

I am really looking forward to the 1520. This looks awesome!! We all have our display size preferences, and I'm of the belief that 4.5 is too small (put your 920 next to an ATIV S). 6" might be too large, but it should work out fine.

Its still a purse unless you carry a whip, gun, or some sort of antiquity in it. I don't think a piece of modern-day electronics counts, yet.

If you wear a dress and make-up, its a purse. Unless it is bedazzled, then all bets are off. When i was in Dallas a few weeks ago it was pretty common to see a dude wearing a dress.

If you eliminated the small tiles, and had all the medium and rectangle tiles all updating and flipping around, I think it'd be pretty BA.

True. I'd have to get creative, but with Rooms, Groups, and people pinned, it wouldn't be too hard, I think. I have three Rooms, one Group, the two people pinned on my 920, and I had to make them all in the small tile configuration.

I know AT&T is getting this, but if T-Mobile also got this, I would gladly pay the $300+ in early termination fees and transfer all my lines to T-Mobile.  Yes, I know I'll be losing money, but I hate AT&T that much right now.

I agree with you.  I know it sounds childish but AT&T has literally quelled my postive thoughts on the WP platform.  I know it could be said that AT&T supported WP from the beginning, etc.  Still...

It would be cool if they had double scroll option. Looking ay his set up the tiles on the left look like the could scroll independently from the right side.

That's a really interesting idea. I like it. Still want a tile size that will cover the width of the screen like we have now.

I can't be anymore excited for this phone. A worthy upgrade for my 920. I'd love to see Nokia release as Galaxy S4/S5 competitor though. Which could be essentially a 5" 1080P Lumia with the 41MP camera from the 1020 but with a snapdragon 800, 3GB ram.. Probably a smaller battery though. Essentially a smaller 1520 with the top of the line camera.

Don't everyone attack me, but... I like the size of the iPhone.
The bigger screen on my 822 is nice for reading websites, emails and playing games, but I would sacrifice a little of that for a smaller screen. That's just me though.

I am definitely getting this as it will replace the need for me to carry my phone and tablet but I would also love to see some phones with these specs in a 4-4.3" form factor.

That's a phone? Lol people are going to look real stupid holding that up to their ear, as with the other phablets!

This is my next phone. Just counted and you could theoretically get 72 tiles on the home screen :)

Just checked and my 920 home screen has a total of 112 tiles. I could fit around 3/4 of my entire current home screen on to this one screen.

Nah just have to count the number of tiles wide and times that by the number of tiles long. Simple maths, takes maybe 10 seconds...

I want to see a picture with someone holding this up to their ear. And no, I am not bring passive aggressive about hating the size. I really want to know what it looks like.

Anybody else find it weird that there's stock apps with three different colors in this picture?  I see phone, store, messages, and settings in purple, IE and alarms in cyan, and camera in lime.

If microSD is true, and 3400 mAh translates to 2 days life, and the Qualcomm 800 chip is utilized and makes things fly.. I'll give the size of the device serious consideration even in the face of social glares.  If they have some cool covers it might help.

No, a good cover that goes well with the size of the device. I like the peek-a-view window on the Note III for instance, or like in some of the leak photos something that resembles a ipad fold back kind of thing.

I hope it actually comes to Verizon. I would definitely get one with my next upgrade if it does. I can honestly see this as the phone that brings WP8 some serious market share. I know some people say its too big, but that's what a lot of people want nowadays.

I imagine some amazing battery life coming out of this thing. I know it has to power a huge screen, but the battery is massive.

Is the mails tile normal? I have three email accounts on my phone and they have separate tiles. Is there a way to group them all under a single Mails tile or is this something new?

No...you can link e-mail accounts.. You always could.. Go to your e-mail and search for link inboxes

I love how they have the Evernote tile then 3 direct tiles to different features of Evernote.

It really needs a triple tile. Ugly with double tile and a tile. I thing its a bad decision this 6 inch phone if they dont release a 5inch at the same time.

Remember, the double-wide tile can be positioned in the middle with two small tiles on either side, theoretically.

Honestly, 5 inches is as far as I go accepting screen sizes. Ideally I would prefer these specs on a phone the size of the Lumia 800.
But hey, I get it, some people like to use dinner trays as phones.

I'm not sure I like the extra row of tiles though. That phone looks cluttered as hell and I thought the idea behind WP was to have a clean look? Rows upon rows upon rows of tiles does the opposite. Sure, we can just use medium and large tiles...but that looks ridiculous and would start resembling a toy phone too much.
I think Windows RT would work better on screens this big.

Is that the new stock calendar app? Or does someone know which 3rd party app it is? I would love to have that on my phone.

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