Will Nokia’s Lumia 1520 Smartphone Succeed at AT&T?
“The Lumia 1520 is the first Windows Phone on the market with a 6-inch 1080p full-HD screen,” Jeff Bradley, AT&T’s senior vice president of devices, said in a statement on Friday. ”The large screen and extra real estate not only accommodate more Live Tiles, but also give you more room to view photos and videos on leading social networking apps or presentations on PowerPoint.”
Along with a 6-inch display that adds a third row of tiles to the phone’s home screen, the Lumia 1520 also features a 20-megapixel PureView camera with a new sensor and optical image stabilization — both of which make for sharper images in low light. Additionally, the camera features “over-sampling” technology, adding more detail to images. And on the video side, Nokia has included four microphones.
Paired with the Lumia 1520′s new camera technology is an application called Nokia Camera, which combines Smart and Pro apps that had been separate in the earlier Lumia 1020 smartphone. There’s also the Nokia Storyteller app, which organizes pictures and videos with location-based information — Nokia describes the app as a ”chronological journey of your story—no more files, folders and complex file names.”
The Lumia 1520 comes with 16GB of storage, but features a microSD card slot allowing for an additional 64GB. The smartphone will be available in matte black, matte yellow, matte white, and glossy red.
It’s rumored that the Lumia 2025 tablet may also make a November 22 debut at AT&T and Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ). Introduced alongside the 1520 smartphone at the 2013 Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi October 22, the Lumia 2025 features a 10.1-inch display, a 6.7 megapixel camera, built-in LTE, and good readability in bright conditions. The Lumia 2025 is expected to retail for $499, though Windows Phone Central says that Verizon plans to sell the device for $399 for a Black Friday deal.
Though these may be the more-advanced follow-up devices in Nokia’s Lumia line, they may not do a whole lot for any of the companies involved. As many know, Nokia has been slipping since the smartphone revolution began, and Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone has been on the fringe — with Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android taking most of the cake — so a new product may mean some extra revenue for Nokia, AT&T, and Verizon, but it is unlikely to spur more than a fraction of the excitement an Apple or Samsung product launch does.