Nokia and AT&T have just announced that the Lumia 1520 phablet will be exclusively available in the United States through the major carrier.
“AT&T was the first to launch a 4G LTE Windows Phone, and first to enter the large screen space. We are proud to bring the Nokia Lumia 1520 exclusively to the U.S. on the nation's fastest and now most reliable 4G LTE network,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, devices, AT&T Mobility.
Obviously, this is bad news for Windows Phone fans in the United States who prefer other carriers, but hopefully, the exclusivity period will not be too long.
No word on the exact release date or pricing options yet, but more details are likely to emerge in the coming days, so stay tuned for more updates on this one.
Nokia Lumia 1520 was recently introduced at Nokia World 2013 event and has been priced at $750 (€550), which is likely to be the same amount that AT&T will ask.
The phablet’s main selling point is the huge 6-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution and features Corning Gorilla Glass 2 coating.
The 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor is another strong point of the device, along with the powerful 20-megapixel rear-facing camera that packs PureView technology, Carl Zeiss technology, OIS (optical image stabilization), autofocus, dual-LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording.
Keep in mind that the Lumia 1520 only accepts nano-SIM cards. It is also worth mentioning that the smartphone comes packed with 32GB of internal memory, but also offers users the option to further expand storage up to 64GB via microSD card slot.
The phablet is powered by a 3400 mAh Li-Ion battery that should provide up to 768 hours of standby time or up to 25 hours of talk time.
Nokia has also confirmed that it has integrated Qi wireless technology into the Lumia 1520, so those who wish to take advantage of this charging method can purchase the Nokia DC-50 recharger for $100 (€75).