After debuting during Nokia World in Abu Dhabi in October, the Lumia 1520 Windows Phone phablet is headed stateside on November 15 and available for pre-order now. As announced previously, AT&T will be the exclusive U.S. carrier for the 1520 at launch.
At this writing, the 1520 wasn't available on AT&T's site, but you could pre-order a 16GB 1520 at the Microsoft Store for $199 with a new, two-year contract.
Off-contract the 1520 is priced at $549, which is $200 less than Nokia announced during Nokia World. Nokia's original estimated price was based on a 32GB device, however, which wasn't present on Microsoft's site at this writing. The Microsoft Store also made no mention of the 1520's microSD expansion slot--another feature announced in October.
Nokia's Lumia 1520 is the phone maker's first phablet-sized smartphone. The model on Microsoft's site features a 6-inch display with 1920-by-1080 resolution, a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB onboard storage. Other niceties for the 1520 include Nokia's 20 megapixel PureView rear-facing camera, a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3400mAh battery promising up to 24 hours of 4G talk time.
The new multi-colored phablet is available in black, white, yellow, or red.
In our brief hands-on time with the 1520 in October, we said the phablet felt similar to using the Samsung Galaxy Mega, an Android-based monsterphone with a 6.3-inch screen. We also noted that the 1520 had a thin chassis compared to previous Lumia devices.
The 1520 isn't the only Lumia device we're expecting before the end of the year. Nokia also introduced a 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 RT tablet, the Lumia 2520, during Nokia World. The slate is supposed to sell unsubsidized for $500 and AT&T will also offer the tablet, although not exclusively, to harness the device's LTE connectivity.
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