Nokia today unveiled the world’s biggest Windows Phones—two new Lumias with gorgeous 6-inch, high-def displays and roomier Start screens—and announced that an official Instagram app for Windows Phone 8 would arrive “in the coming weeks.”
If you stayed up to watch the live stream of the announcement from Nokia’s Abu Dhabi press event, you know it was packed with one awesome revelation after the next. Besides the new phones, Nokia also announced a new Windows RT 8.1 tablet, a new Lumia software update, and a long list of great apps and games on the way to Windows Phone—including Instagram (pictured below).
For a detailed rundown of what’s headed to the Windows Phone Store (including some available now), check out my app wrap up. And here’s a quick recap of everything you missed at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi.
Nokia announced three impressive new devices at Nokia World, including two phones—the Lumia 1520 and1320—and the new 10-inch Lumia 2520 tablet. For more on Nokia’s first Windows tablet, check out the deep dive from my colleague Brandon LeBlanc on Blogging Windows today.
Now onto those eye-popping new phones.
The first thing you notice about the new Nokia Lumia 1520 is its gorgeous 6-inch full HD 1080p screen—the biggest on any Windows Phone yet. One nice surprise: despite the 1520’s impressive size, it still fits easily in the pocket, as I discovered when I tried out a colleague’s loaner device.
Thanks to a new Windows Phone update, the larger, HD display also sports a jumbo-sized Start screen with room for three large or six small Live Tiles across, meaning you can pin even more of the people, info, and apps that matter to you so they’re front and center.
It also means a bigger canvas for taking, editing, and showing off your pictures and videos. And as you’d expect, Nokia has once again pulled out the stops on imaging.
The phone comes with a 20MP PureView camera that leverages many of the innovations found in the Lumia 1020—including optical image stabilization, oversampling technology to capture more details, and great zooming ability. Four built-in microphones, meanwhile, provide directional stereo recording capability and clear, distortion-free sound for your HD videos. The Lumia 1520 also comes with an impressive roster of photo apps—including the new Nokia Camera and Nokia Storyteller. More on those in a moment.
Finally, the screen isn’t the only thing with some muscle. Under the hood, the Lumia 1520 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. The added horsepower this chip delivers should open the door to all kinds of incredible new games. (Scope out more Lumia 1520 specs on the Windows Phone website.)
The Nokia Lumia 1520 will come in yellow, white, black, and glossy red (exact color selection will likely depend on your carrier), and is expected to roll out later this year in the U.S., U.K., China, France, Singapore, Germany, Finland, Hong Kong, and other markets. Estimated price: $749 USD before taxes and subsidies.
Separately, AT&T said it will be the exclusive U.S. carrier for Nokia Lumia 1520, which will use the company’s 4G LTE network. AT&T also said it will offer the Lumia 2520 Windows tablet.
Today Nokia also unveiled the Lumia 1320, a lower-cost sibling that features a 6-inch 720p screen, 5MP camera, and dual-core processor. It also has 8GB of internal storage (expandable to 64GB).
Like its sibling, the Lumia 1320 comes packed with Nokia’s impressive portfolio of photography, entertainment, and navigation apps, including HERE Maps, HERE Drive and HERE Transit, Nokia Music, and more.
Available in orange, yellow, white, and black, the phone and is expected to roll out in early 2014 to China and Vietnam, followed by other Asian markets, India, and Europe. Estimated price tag: $339 USD before taxes and subsidies.
On the software front, the Lumia 1520 and 1320 will come with a bunch of great new apps and features—many of which will be rolling out to existing phones in the form of a new update Nokia is calling Lumia Black. The update, which includes the latest version of the Windows Phone 8 operating system, is expected begin rolling out to Nokia Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone 8 in early 2014, the company said.
Here’s a rundown of the highlights:
Nokia, always pushing the envelope on smartphone photography, has now merged two of its most powerful and popular stand-alone photo apps—Nokia Pro Camera and Nokia Smart Camera—into one. Nokia Camera makes it easier to switch between camera modes faster and choose the best settings for your pictures. The app’s Pro Mode lets you tweak settings like shutter speed and white balance and preview changes in real-time. While Smart Mode can animate still images to create a sense of movement. Switch to the video mode to shoot full HD movies.
Relive your memories in a dynamic and interactive way. The app automatically integrates your phone pictures with location information, then plots this chronological picture journey on a map. Zoom out of the picture to see more, like points of interest tagged to the map and driving directions to the place. When viewing the images on the map, your memories come alive with integrated video, animated Cinemagraphs, and burst shots.
Share your experience and ideas easily and instantly with friends or colleagues by projecting your phone screen to any HTML5-enabled screen. You can also beam your phone’s screen to someone far away by sending them a link by email, SMS, or via social media. Documents, maps, locations details, or even your camera viewfinder will be shown as you can see it, live and real.
An update to Nokia Glance screen brings notifications on missed calls and new emails on the standby screen to allow you to see more without unlocking the phone.
Again, check out my other post today for a fuller rundown of apps and games headed to the Windows Phone Store. You’ll find more specs and in-depth coverage of Nokia’s new phones and the Lumia 2520 Windows tablet on Nokia Conversations.
Michael Stroh -- Can we get a blog post on FoundBite? I just started using it this weekend. I never really got the hype over Instagram, but a weekend with FoundBite has made appreciate why people want Instagram and that FoundBite is a next step forward. If it is truly a WP exclusive, then it definitely deserves some blog love. It is not often that WP gets to lead a new social trend; it would be really nice to see FoundBite plastered all over the web has WP initiated wild fire.
I am really hoping that T Mobile maintains their momentum by at least getting the Nokia 1320. They're late in the game with Apple products. T Mobile was the first carrier to issue windows mobile phones and a GSM based network. And international coverage! Throughout the years they seemed to have gotten soft. Hopefully they will stay in the game. I do not want to switch to ATT for the Nokia 1520.
How come they said that it will be for WP8 phones only? Won't it be available for WP7, WP7.5, and WP7.8 phones? Discrimination...
Why is the higher graphics ONLY on the bigger displays and NOT on the Nokia 1020.. I mean it's got a 41 megapixel camera why not a higher graphics too?
Why instagram took too late??
We're getting somewhere with overdue apps and bigger screens BUT as long as MS allows the carriers to control the update process, WP will remain a distant 3rd in market share. It wasn't until October before GDR2 was finally pushed out by AT&T. It'll be next year before AT&T users see GDR3!
Great news for Windows phones but it still needs much more improvements. The I-Phones/Androids are extremely popular and I can see why. Windows phones should have the same downloadable apps like these other phones just to compete. Besides Instagram, there's quite a few apps that need to be added to the list. I.e. IMO Bitstrips, Grand Theft Auto, etc. etc. I thought I was moving up when I upgraded to a Windows phone from my ancient 'flip phone" but when friends tell me about great apps to download I'm so disappointed that all I get is a msg that reads "This app is not available on your device." If Windows phones are going to be here for a while, then upgrades to it is a MUST!! Get on with it already!!!
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I have a question on Windows Phone 8 support for control over text direction (which is very important for such languages as Arabic / Hebrew).
Obviously Windows Phone 8 supports contextual text direction out of the box direction (called also "auto" in HTML 5 and "First Strong" by Android). However FlowDirection property has only LeftToRight and RightToLeft values.
Is it possible to receive native text direction ? Probably FlowDirection has undocummented value.
This is great for nokia fans but unfortunate and disappointing for a Sprint User such as myself. Sprint users don't have even one Nokia phone to choose from let alone the countless ones Microsoft and Nokia have decided to bring to AT&T. It's extremely disappointing that neither Nokia or Microsoft cares about Sprint Users. We want a Nokia phone too. In fact I would like to upgrade to one but Nokia/Microsoft has not even brought one of their devices over to Sprint. I mean what is the hold up? I've gathered that maybe Sprint is newer technology and such but it is no excuse to not have a phone on Sprint which is one of the 4 major networks. I'm disappointed in Microsoft and Nokia for not giving Sprint Users our own Nokia phone. It's great to bring Instagram and all these great apps but it will be pointless if you are ignoring a whole major network such as Sprint.
Now we're really getting somewhere❕❕❕... But, what happened to that supposed 929 for Verizon❔❔❔
I am a Verizon Wireless customer currently using HTC Trophy, which, I'm happy with but in desperate need of an upgrade. I am willing to pay full price for the Nokia Lumia 1520 at $749 just to keep my unlimited data plan. This post is to protest this ridiculous practice of "exclusivity" with a single US carrier for flagship phones like the Nokia Lumia 920, 1020, 1520 and even the non flagship, extremely affordable and totally useful $99 520/521 that's not available on Verizon Wireless. What gives? How can you expect a platform to grow exponentially if you focus on a single carrier or radio (GSM or CDMA), then change the design of the flagship phone that made it famous in the first place, transforming it to the ugly duckling that is the 822 & 928 and expect the same level of excitement or success? Lets stop this madness now! Microsoft/Nokia should work together with Qualcomm and Intel and whatever government agency needed to approve phones that are compatible on and can be taken to the carrier of the consumers choosing, just like our ability to take our phone numbers with us when we leave a carrier.
Wonderful phone... but I don't (can't) use AT&T. I guess I will stick to my iPhone
The problem with Microsoft/Nokia/Windows Phone- You guys should read this: blisslabz.com/things-wrong-with-windows-phone-microsoft-nokia
One more note. Congratulations to Nokia for another very beautiful design. Again, great looking phones and a gorgeous tablet. Love it!
Where's the new Verizon phones?
I agree, STOP THE EXCLUSIVES!!!!!!!!! I am not an avid poster to these kinds of blogs but this is getting ridiculous. I too am a Verizon customer and a Windows Phone fan. I love the Nokia offerings on AT&T but am a Verizon customer lock in by the fact that AT&T does not have even decent service in my area. I currently have a Lumia 822. I love Windows Phone but Verizon ruins the Nokia style with all its Windows Phone offerings. They are forcing Nokia to offer phones that look like all their other phones. The unique and beautiful Nokia design is lost with Verizon. The 822 is ugly, the 928 is ugly, the 929 is ugly. The 820, 920, 1020, 1520...beautiful designs. Verizon's Windows Phone offerings are just a bunch of candy bar phones with no unique style much like the majority of all their Android offerings. I thought the idea was to stand out from the competition not blend in! Stop the madness! Give all US carriers the original Nokia designs all at the same time. I guarantee sales will increase in the US if you do. Just my two cents.
At what point are you going to stop making AT&T exclusive phones? As a Verizon customer, these announcements are very frustrating. I am in need of an upgrade, but at this point I am not going to purchase a Lumia 928 that is 2 generations behind. If the 1020 was offered on Verizon I would have purchased it when it came out, same goes for the 1520. At this point, all it is going to take is a broken piece of glass for me to switch to either an i-phone or an android. I really enjoy my windows phone that I have now, but I am not going to settle for something lesser than is out on the market today because of an exclusivity agreement. Maybe the 118 million US Verizon customers are not part of the Nokia/Windows Phone business model, maybe we are, but at this point it sure does not feel like it.
Does it come with the GDR3 features ?
NOKIA! MS! STOP THE AT&T EXCLUSIVES!!!!!!!!!! You want to be more relevant? Release new phones on all major carriers at once. You don't see Apple or Samsung releasing exclusives. I would move to the 1520 immediately, but I'm not leaving Verizon so all these announcements are worthless to anyone outside of AT&T.
It is a start of revolution for Windows Phone. All the basic apps, awesome camera, hd bigger displays, unique collection of apps. It will just get better and better. Cant wait to buy Nokia Lumia 1520 in India. Follow me on twitter @ArchieTheRave