The Lumia 1520 is the first phablet to run on Windows Phone 8, and it has an impressive size, but it’s not much larger than the Note 3. In terms of prices, the Lumia 1520 is a bit cheaper, but it has a slightly weaker processor and it compensates with its camera and battery.
The Lumia 1520 has an angular body, featuring a plastic back with curved edges, while the corners are almost sharp and the sides are flat. The variants of colors for this model are white, black, yellow, green and red, the dimensions are 162.8×85.4×8.7mm and the device weights 209 grams, which feels kind of heavy, but you have to understand that it’s a big device. The Note 3 has that well-appreciated faux leather design and it looks like a bigger Galaxy S4, and it comes in six variants of colors. The device brings the useful S Pen stylus with which you can take notes directly on the screen. The dimensions of this phablet are 151.2×79.2×8.3mm and it’s over 40grams lighter.
The Lumia 1520 has a massive 6inches Full HD display (IPS LCD), with 0.3inches bigger than Note 3’s Super AMOLED screen, but the resolution is the same at 1080×1920 pixels, but the first device supports 367ppi, and the other provides 386ppi. Samsung’s screen is eye-popping, which means that it has vibrant colors, but it’s also Full HD.
Processors and Memories
The Lumia 1520 and the Note 3 are powered by Quad-core Krait 400 processors, based on Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipsets, and both are using Adreno 330 graphics. However, the CPU on the Lumia 1520 is clocked at 2.2GHz, being slightly weaker than Note 3’s processor, with a maximum clock speed of 2.3GHz. But there is also another variant of the Note 3 that features an Exynos 5 Octa 5420 octa-core processor paired with a Mali-T628 MP6 GPU. But the Note 3 is definitely a better performer because it’s packed with 3GB of RAM, while its opponent has 2GB of RAM. Each device has variants of internal memories with capacities of 16 and32GB, expandable up to 64GB, and the Note 3 offers another variant of 64GB, which doesn’t support expansion.
The Lumia 1520 comes installed with Microsoft Windows Phone 8 OS, but v8.1 was released in between. The Note 3 came with Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean), and now it operates on v4.4.2 (KitKat).
Nokia made the Lumia 1520 more than a smartphone/phablet. It’s actually a cameraphone with an amazing rear camera of 20MP which benefits from Zeiss-branded optics, optical image stabilization, dual-LED flash and autofocus, but it records videos at 1080p@30fps, while the Note 3, with its 13MP camera, can record 4K videos and shoots even slo-mo videos like an iPhone. The front camera on the Note 3 is 2MP, which is much better than Lumia 1520’s 1.2MP secondary shooter.
The Lumia 1520 has a non-removable battery of 3400 mAh which lasts 25 hours when talking on 3G, but it delivers 10.8hours of video playback, while the Note 3 with its 3200 mAh battery supports 13 hours of video playback and 21 hours of talking time