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The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a 6-inch smartphone that offers a stunning 1080p Full HD display that you may well wish to protective with a sleeve of cover. That’s why Nokia has released the official Nokia Lumia 1520 Protective Cover (CP-623). Check out our unboxing and hands-on to see how stylish and slim it is.
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The Nokia Lumia 1520 and Nokia Lumia 620 sit at opposite extremes of the Windows Phone 8 family. One is a budget smartphone with the smallest screen in the Lumia range, while the other delivers Full HD resolution on its 6-inch display. But how else do they differ and compare? Check out our Nokia Lumia 1520 to Nokia Lumia 620 hands-on comparison.
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VIVA Bahrain launched today their much awaited 4G LTE network in Bahrain, VIVA is renowned to have the best Mobile and Broadband services and plans in the Kingdom. Whats also makes VIVA very special is that they are the exclusive Mobile operator to carry the latest Nokia Lumia devices, currently VIVA is offering the Lumia 925, Lumia 1020 and the Lumia 1520 on contract. VIVA called their device contracts “VIVA Unlimited Plans” where you can get your favourite Lumia device free with a 12 month contract. Below is a chart showing what is on offer. VIVA is also offering 2 month free for subscribers to their new 4G LTE service.
So head over to viva.com.bh to find out more about your next Lumia device.
Great news, Lumia 1020 and 1520 owners! Nokia Lumia Black update is available for download now Enjoy new features like Glance Screen 2.0, improved internet sharing and more!
Go to settings > phone update > check for updates. More details here: http://nokia.ly/1425YUa
Celebrates Two Decades of Nokia Business with Interco
• Launches 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1520 exclusively with VIVA Bahrain
• Instagram for all Nokia Lumia smartphones fans in the Kingdom
• Showcases imaging innovation with Nokia Lumia 1020 – 41 megapixel smartphone camera
• Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 to be retailed at all leading electronic retail outlets in the country
Manama, Bahrain – 4th December 2013 – Today Nokia and Intercol, the distributor for Nokia in Bahrain, revealed their exciting product roadmap for Bahrain highlighting Nokia’s ongoing commitment to the Kingdom’s market and its growing importance as part of Nokia’s renewed strategy for growth in the region. Senior Nokia representatives outlined its regional strategy to drive smart device leadership by showcasing six new products. Nokia and Intercol also celebrated two decades of successful relationship and business growth in Bahrain and announced the availability of Instagram for all Nokia smartphone fans in the country.
During the press conference, Nokia launched a portfolio of large screen Lumia smartphones: the Lumia 1520 and 1320, which will be available at Intercol and all leading electronic retail outlets. Nokia also showcased it’s first-ever Windows tablet, the Nokia Lumia 2520. The Bahrain launch event also included three new Asha models – including the first 3G device in the Asha Platform family of smartphones, which deliver industry leading design, new vibrant colors and a more intuitive user interface, all at an accessible price.
Speaking at the press conference, Vithesh Reddy, General Manager, Nokia Lower Gulf said, “Now more than ever, mobile devices are at the center of consumers’ lives. Especially in markets such as Bahrain, consumers are looking to capture, curate and share experiences on the go. Today we are inviting people in Bahrain to switch to Nokia. With our latest range of Lumia and Asha products, we are delivering industry leading design and imaging innovation to bigger devices at more accessible prices.”
Andrew Hanna, VIVA CCO said, “VIVA enjoys a solid partnership with Nokia which has enabled us to bring first to our customers Nokia’s latest technological innovations. We are pleased to partner with Nokia and launch exclusively the flagship Nokia Lumia 1520 for our customers.”
“Building on Nokia’s industry-leading innovation in imaging, the latest range of Lumia and Asha products enables people to capture and share the world around them like never before. Nokia has spear-headed delivering high quality, stylish devices that enables Bahrain’s evolving consumer-tech community to make the switch to Nokia. As we celebrate 20 years of a successful partnership with Nokia, we look forward to building on that legacy by bringing the latest innovations to our market,” said Dinesh Ramankutty, General Manager from Intercol.
Bring your stories to life with the Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320
Continuing to redefine smartphone innovation, Nokia introduces its first ever large screen Lumia smartphones, the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320. With a six inch screen and the latest software advancements for Windows Phone, the Lumia 1320 and Lumia 1520 are perfectly suited for entertainment and productivity. A new third column of tiles on the home screen means people can see and do more on a larger screen. Bringing larger displays to the award-winning Lumia design, the new format is coupled with some of the most advanced camera innovations so people can capture and share the world around them.
The Lumia 1520 offers the latest imaging innovation from Nokia – a 20MP PureView camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) enabling sharp images even in the dark as well as oversampling and zooming technology similar to the Lumia 1020. In addition to the new Nokia Camera and Nokia Storyteller applications, the Lumia 1520 offers a 6-inch screen and a vivid 1080p full HD display for outstanding outdoor readability. People can bring their videos to life with Nokia Rich Recording, an unparalleled audio capture using four built-in microphones. With Microsoft Office built in, documents can be edited and shared easily for maximum productivity.
The Lumia 1320 features many high-end Lumia innovations on a large 6-inch 720p display and extends the Nokia Camera app to another price range. With a range of imaging apps available, the Lumia 1320 comes with Nokia Music for free streaming of ad-free music and HERE maps and location services, so people can experience the most popular Lumia experiences at a more accessible price.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 will be available in yellow, white, black and glossy red for BHD 265 /-, while the Nokia Lumia 1320 will be available in orange, yellow, white, and black, at Intercol and all leading electronic retail outlets in the country.
Bringing Lumia innovation to Nokia’s first-ever Windows tablet – the Lumia 2520
Nokia’s first Windows tablet, the Lumia 2520, is designed to work anywhere, with a vivid 10.1-inch HD display that is designed to provide the best outdoor and indoor readability of any tablet. Building on Nokia’s rich mobility heritage, the Lumia 2520 combines both 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 6.7MP camera, and for the first time ever on a tablet, ZEISS optics, letting people take beautiful pictures – even in low light. The Lumia 2520, runs on Windows RT 8.1 for a highly personal and easy to navigate experience, and also features multiple color choices and fast-charging capability – providing up to an 80% charge in one hour. With integrated HERE Maps, the Lumia 2520 is the only tablet with true offline maps for a fast and reliable maps experience.
The Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 combine beautiful design with a richer mobile experience
The newest additions to the Asha Platform family of devices – the Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 – join the already successful Asha 501 in pushing the boundaries of affordable smartphone innovation. All three handsets build on Nokia’s renowned design and feature a new crystal-clear look; a fusion of ice-like transparency and bold inner color encases each phone to make it both elegant and more durable. Support for 3G is available on the Asha 503, which also includes a 5MP camera and comes with a Dual SIM option.
The Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 include new enhancements to the Asha Platform for even more intuitive navigation. The new Asha user interface enables faster and easier sharing of images on social networks, with one easy swipe to access the camera and one touch to post. Fastlane gives people a second home screen for quick access to frequently used apps and deeper integration with their favourite social networks. Knowing how important free messaging is to people, WhatsApp will be available for the Nokia Asha 501 and is to arrive later in the year for the new Asha devices.
The Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 will be available in bright red, bright green, yellow, cyan, white and black, for BHD 28/-, BHD 36/- and BHD 38/- ; respectively.
As an industry first, the Nokia Lumia 1520 includes four high-performance digital mics for directional stereo recording and for a stunning audio experience in videos.
Hear the directional mic capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 1520 in action (if you have headphones, plug them in now). This live performance by Niila of his song “Bottle of Wine” was captured using six Nokia Lumia 1520 prototypes (and, the video was edited in Adobe Premiere with no adjustments to the audio quality):
It started this past summer with the release of the Nokia Lumia 1020, showing us all so much more than our eyes could see. Now, with the release of the Nokia Lumia 1520, you will be in a position to both see more, and hear more than ever before.
“Nokia has been pioneering in mobile phone audio for decades,” says Heikki Sassi, head of the audio technology management team for Lumia. “To take the imaging experience to the next level in videos, audio has become a very important part of the story.”
The Nokia Lumia 1520 includes the Nokia Rich Recording capability found in the Lumia 1020, and it goes a step further with the use of four high-performance digital microphones for directional stereo recordings.
Directional recording enhances the clarity of your recordings by rejecting the sounds outside the direction of capture. In other words, the sounds in front of the camera are recorded in best possible way.
“Previously, if you wanted audio recording capabilities like this you would need to buy a professional video camera or external mics to do the job. Nokia is the first company to introduce four microphone directional stereo recording in a camera phone,” Heikki says.
Nokia Rich Recording
The Nokia Rich Recording functionality found in the Lumia 1520 is based on High Amplitude Audio Capture microphones, combined with Nokia’s state-of-the-art audio capture algorithms and acoustics design to get the very best recordings possible.
You can capture the full hearing range from the lowest bass to the highest treble (ca. 20Hz to 20 KHz in frequency spectrum).
“None of the other smartphone microphone solutions out there cover this bandwidth in all conditions. The sound is either distorted or bandwidth limited,” Heikki notes.
Unlike competitor devices, when using the Lumia 1520 you can record more than 6X louder sound levels than conventional mics. “You can go to the loudest rock concerts, and you will not get any distortion in your recordings,” he says. “The quality is amazing.”
Combine this audio recording capability with the imaging features of the Lumia 1520, and you will be able to create videos (dare we even say “movies”) like never before.
“It has been said that music is 50% of the movie-watching experience. On a six-inch screen, maybe it is more like 75%,” Heikki suggests.
Directional stereo recording
In the Lumia 1020, you have Nokia Rich Recording combined with two mics for omni-directional recording to take in the sound all around you (whether in front of you or behind you). With the four microphone directional stereo recording included in the Lumia 1520, you are recording the sounds in the front of the camera, while attenuating unwanted sounds from other directions.
“You will get more of the action with less distraction,” says Heikki.
There is also a great sense of direction in your recordings, such as someone walking around you. “You can easily tell which direction sounds are coming from – either with headphones or speakers – it adds a sense of immersion, and being there.”
At the same time, those four mics are used for other purposes in the device, including advanced noise-reduction in wideband and standard voice calls.
Making the most of all four mics
You might think that having four mics built in to Lumia 1520 poses a problem for how to properly hold the device. You don’t want to accidentally cover up one of the microphones. Heikki assures us that the mics have been positioned so that they are ergonomically in the best place possible, and that you won’t inadvertently block them with your fingers.
Finally, the capabilities of Nokia Rich Recording open up great possibilities for the app developer community, too. “We have thought about this and we are looking into possibilities for unlocking the capabilities for app developers too”, Heikki tells us.