Nokia Lumia 1520 RM-938 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, White)

Nokia Lumia 1520 RM-938 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, White)

Nokia Lumia 1520 RM-938 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, White)

B&H # NOLU1520W MFR # A00016719
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Product Highlights

  • GSM / 4G LTE Capable
  • RM-938 (1520.3) Model
  • 20MP 1/2.5" PureView Camera Sensor
  • 26mm f/2.4 Lens with Zeiss Optics
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • 6" 1920 x 1080 IPS LCD Display
  • 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU
  • 32GB Storage + 2GB of RAM
  • Qi Wireless Charging + microSDXC Slot
  • Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan Ready
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This device is carrier-unlocked and should work fully with the carriers listed below with green bars. Yellow bars denote partial network coverage. A SIM card and service plan must be purchased separately. Network compatibility listed here is for reference only and does not guarantee phone compatibility.

Nokia 1520 LTE Overview

  • 1Description

The white 32GB Lumia 1520 RM-938 from Nokia puts a high-end camera into a phablet style smartphone for those who never want to be without a good camera. Smartphones are quickly becoming the go to device for taking pictures and with a 20MP main camera sensor with optical image stabilization, RAW still capture, dual LED Flash, 3x digital zoom, and full manual control all available on the Lumia 1520 you won't have to compromise on image quality when you leave your dedicated camera at home. Along with still photos, you can record video at resolutions up to 1080p at 30 fps. Once recorded, you can then upload your video or photos directly to social media straight from the Lumia 1520. In addition to the enhanced rear facing camera, you can make Skype calls, record video, and capture stills with the 1.2MP front facing camera.

The Lumia 1520 also features 6.0" IPS LCD display complete with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a pixel density of 368 ppi. The enhanced ClearBlack IPS display supports super sensitive touch screen technology giving you complete control over all of your apps. The ambient light sensor adjusts the display to match the current lighting conditions while the integrated accelerometer adjusts the display to match the phones viewing position.

Inside the Lumia 1520 you'll find a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM memory giving you the necessary processing power to run a variety of applications and games. Along with enhanced processing power, this smartphone includes 32GB internal storage memory perfect for downloading applications, storing pictures and videos, and much more. If the 32GB internal memory isn't sufficient, you benefit from 7GB free cloud storage and a microSDXC card slot capable of holding memory cards up to 64GB.

With a variety of connectivity options the Lumia 1520 keeps you in the know wherever you go. This smartphone is compatible with select 2G, 3G, and LTE GSM networks. Along with the ability to connect to cellular data networks, you can also connect to 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible Wi-Fi networks while Bluetooth 4.0 technology makes it easy to connect wireless devices such as Bluetooth headsets. This version of the Lumia 1520 also supports Qi wireless charging with any Qi compatible wireless charger (sold separately).

If a music player is what you are looking for, the Lumia 1520 has you covered. Download music apps like Nokia MixRadio to create subscription free customized radio stations. Along with Nokia MixRadio, you also have the ability to download a variety of Internet radio applications and even listen to FM radio directly from your phone.

If you ever get lost simply utilize the HERE Drive+, HERE Maps, and HERE Transit applications to get back on course. These integrated navigation applications provide turn by turn directions along with points of interest, routing options, live traffic information, turn-by-turn walking directions, public transportation routing guidance, and much more.

20MP Nokia PureView Camera with Zeiss Optics
The main rear camera of the Nokia 1520 features a headline-grabbing 20MP, but the camera on the Nokia 1520 has far more then pixel count going for it. The image sensor is back-side illuminated and is 1/2.5", which is larger than typical smartphone cameras. This means that the individual 20 Million photosites on the 1520's image sensor are no smaller than the photosites on most smartphone cameras. In front of the image sensor is an impressive 6-element, 26mm equivalent, f/2.4 lens with Zeiss Optics, further making sure all 20MPs don't go to waste. The image sensor is also slightly larger then the lens circle which allows for both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios to capture as much of the lens's image circle as is possible, both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios capture about 19MP of entire 20MP sensor.

The Nokia 1520's camera also features optical image stabilization, which allows the camera to use slower shutter speeds and gather more light without adding motion blur from shaky hands. And if you need even more light the 1520's dual LED flash will produce great looking results for enhanced pictures in lower light conditions. The front of the 1520 also features a 1.2MP front facing camera for video chatting or capturing more candid photographs. The PureView camera can capture images in JPEG or RAW in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios. It can also record 1080p HD video at 30 fps with up to a 3x digital zoom.
PureView Sampling and High Resolution Zoom
The Nokia 1520 lets you save full resolution JPEG or RAW photographs if you desire maximum quality, and is also able to downsample the full 20MP to ultra-sharp 5MP photos for easier sharing with social networks or email. The downsampled 5MP photos can be saved simultaneously with the full resolution ones, or you can just save the 5MP photos to save space on your phone. The ultra high resolution image sensor also allows for a high quality digital zoom, as a 5MP photo at 2x zoom is still capturing the full 5MP center of the 20MP image sensor.
Full Manual Control with Nokia Pro Camera
Complimenting the 1520's high end camera is the Nokia Pro Camera app. When using Nokia Pro Camera you have easy access to manual controls like ISO, Shutter Speed, White Balance, Exposure Compensation, and Manual Focus. You can edit all of these settings manually or set some to automatic and choose which ones you want to edit. White balance modes include cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent, daylight, and automatic; and ISO selection includes ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 4000, as well as automatic. Other Nokia Camera Apps are included like the Panorama app for stitching together panoramic photos, Cinemagraph for creating sharable movie-like animated images from several photographs, and more.
GSM / LTE Wireless Connectivity
This phone is designed to work on select GSM networks and is 4G LTE capable. LTE is an advanced cellular network data protocol capable of data speeds so fast that they compete with wired broadband internet providers. With an LTE connection, this phone should have no problem streaming HD video, downloading apps, uploading photos, or anything else that requires a high-speed data connection. The phone is also backwards compatible with 3G and 2G data for instances when you can't get LTE. In addition to cellular wireless, this phone also features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Note: Not compatible with all cellular networks. Please make sure your provider uses a frequency or band that this phone supports. You can check which bands this phone works with in the Specifications.
Windows Phone 8.1 Ready
The phone comes with Windows Phone 8 preinstalled, however it can be immediately updated to Windows Phone 8.1 for free. Windows Phone 8.1 features a customizable home screen with resizable Live Tiles that update in real-time, making it easy to follow what's happening with your friends, family, apps, news, and social media sites. In addition to Live Tiles you can summon the help of Cortana, your digital assistant, to help you make calls, send texts, take notes, and more. The updated version of the Windows Phone operating system also features action center allowing you to see notifications as well as the ability to quickly turn on and off connections such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and more. You can also access Xbox Live, Xbox Music, and OneDrive cloud storage. If the built-in apps aren't enough, you can always install more through the Windows Phone Store, which has access to hundreds of thousands of apps, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more.
6.0" IPS LCD Display
The Nokia 1520 features a 6.0" IPS LCD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a pixel density of 368 ppi. IPS displays are known for their high contrast ratios and enhanced viewing angles. And the Lumia 1520's IPS display features 24-bit TrueColor with support for up to 16 million colors. The screen also features a Nokia ClearBlack Polarizer filter to reduce glare and increase sunlight readability as well as Corning Gorilla Glass 2 for scratch and shatter protection. The display also adjusts to your viewing environment as it comes equipped with an ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and proximity sensor.
Navigation applications found on the Nokia Lumia 1520 include, HERE Drive +, HERE Maps and, HERE Transit. Navigation features found in these apps include public transportation routing guidance, free maps, automatic day/night view switching, offline maps, speed limit warnings, the ability to download the latest maps over Wi-Fi, free turn-by-turn walking navigation, and free global voice guided turn-by-turn drive navigation. To aid with Navigation the Lumia 1520 features GPS as well as a compass.
Music and Audio
Included with the Lumia 1520 is Nokia MixRadio. This intuitive music application brings free streamed mixes of music created to your personal taste with no subscription fee or advertising. Along with free streaming radio, the Lumia 1520 comes with an integrated FM radio and is compatible with a variety of codecs including MP3, AAC LC, AMR-NB, GSM FR, HE-ACC, WMA 10 Pro, WMA9, HE-ACCv2 and file formats including MP4, AAC, MP3, M4A, WMA, 3G2, and AMR. In addition to music playback, you can record voice in MMS and OneNote in the GSM FR recording codec.
In the Box
Nokia Lumia 1520 RM-938 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, White)
  • Nokia AC-60 MicroUSB Charger
  • Nokia Charging and Data Cable (CA-190CD)
  • SIM Door Key
  • Limited 1-Year B&H Warranty
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    Nokia 1520 LTE Specs

    Operating System  8. 
    Memory RAM: 2 GB
    CPU 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
    Storage 32 GB
    Size 6"
    Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Display Colors 16.0 Million
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Pixel Density 368 ppi
    Display Technology IPS LCD
    Screen Coating Anti-Glare, Gorilla Glass 2
    Input/Output Connectors
    Ports 1x USB 2.0 - Micro
    Audio 1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Headphone/Microphone
    Flash Media Slot 1x microSDXC
    SIM Card Size Card 1: Nano 
    Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
    Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0  
    NFC Yes
    GPS Yes
    Front Camera
    Resolution 1.2 MP - Photo: 1280 x 960
    Rear Camera
    Resolution 20.0 MP / Video: 1280 x 720p 30 fps
    Aperture f/2.4
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Rear Camera Flash
    Rear Camera Flash Yes
    Sensors Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Proximity sensor
    Keyboard Virtual
    Battery Internal Lithium-Ion (3400.0 mAh)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.4 x 6.4 x 0.3" / 85.4 x 162.8 x 8.7 mm
    Weight 7.27 oz / 206 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.8 x 3.9 x 2.4"

    Nokia 1520 LTE Reviews

    Lumia 1520 RM-938 32GB Smartphone (Unlocked, White) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 107.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the last great Nokias I use my phone casually during the week and heavily during the weekends. You just can't beat having a big crisp screen for your calendar and for Microsoft Office. Things I like: * It's ability to run unlocked on any North American GSM provider with LTE. * Recording capabilities. Taking video of loud concerts records up to 107dB without distortion. It captures a good amount of bass. Something other phones cannot do * That camera! Colors just *pop* accurately with this phone. Also captures photos in RAW format for all you LightRoom aficionados. * Phone call quality is full and not muffled or distorted. * Battery life is above average. * Has Qi wireless charging built-in. Unlike the carrier specific versions where you have to snap on a case. Things that aren't so great: * None
    Date published: 2014-05-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from lives up to the hype It's a big phone, but it's not too big. It fits in my pants pocket fine, and I only really think about its size when I put it up to my head. In the hand, when reading, it's great. The screen is gorgeous, even in direct sun. And an unexpected bonus: big screen means bigger buttons for typing, etc. Wireless charging is also great in conjunction with the strong battery. I've not yet come close to draining it. Make sure you get the Square Trade plan for peace of mind. My Nokia 920 bricked a month out of the 1-year manufacturer warranty. It was an unrepairable problem with the power chip, according to Nokia's recommended repair service.
    Date published: 2014-09-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exactly as Described - Great Phone This is my first smartphone and was looking specifically for a Windows phone that had qi charging capabilities. This particular model of the Lumia 1520 is difficult to find, but was glad B&H had it available. It is exactly what I was looking for...Works great as an unlocked phone with AT&T in the USA and am successfully using the Nokia 910 and 900 qi chargers at work and home. The version of this phone that AT&T markets does not have qi charging built in which was why I sought out the RM-938. Takes great pictures and video. The large size will take some time to get used to, but it's worth it.
    Date published: 2014-06-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Lumia experience yet! The Lumia 1520 is a beast and I love it! It takes some getting used to the extra large footprint of this phone but once you do there is no going back. If you're in the USA and looking for an unlocked 1520, THIS is the phone to get. You will find 1520's on other online sites but in most every instance they are selling the 1520 built for Asia and other international markets. Only the phone sold at B&H delivers 4G LTE bands used by all north American carriers. Plus it comes with double the storage and QI wireless charging. Let's just say based on this experience I know where I will be buying my next phone... definitely from B&H Photo Video. THANK YOU!
    Date published: 2015-01-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the great phone Before the purchase, I heard that many people saying the cons of the winphone like there usually are not too much apps, Win8 is not easy for operation etc. I once had a little hesitation but the reputation of Nokia's good quality of the phone eventually won the battle, plus my previous smart phone is a little small and can not do too much word/ppt edition, I made the decision to buy the Lumia 1520 RM-938. After the use for a month, I really love this phone: web surf is lightning fast, do not have any problem, long-lasting battery, enough app for me, best camera, great screen resolution.
    Date published: 2014-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best phone I've ever owned!! I did lots of research before deciding on this phone. It has everything I could want or need. I only used iPhones up until this point, and I am sorry that I didn't change sooner! The camera is amazing, the screen size phenomenal, call quality is clear and every body has commented on being able to hear me better than ever. This was one of the issues I had with the last iPhone, no one could hear me. It has all the apps that I need, minus one or two, but I can live without them. The main issue now is that I never want to put it down. I've converted my husband and son. Also working on converting my other family members!
    Date published: 2015-01-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is THE phone I've been looking for! This is a genuine 1520.3 RM-938, the ultimate Windows Phone and very best that you can use on T-Mobile's network with full LTE coverage. With this phone, you can use every T-Mobile network feature except Wi-Fi calling. Yes, you can even do tethering/network sharing! This phone is just plain awesome, faithfully supplying me with over 2 days of battery life WITH heavy usage! The camera? Just plain awesome, while not the 41megapixel mammoth in the 1020, this 20megapixle camera is the second best camera every packed into a phone and it takes great pics to prove it! This phone is Cyan ready, I'm running it now in fact! Plus it will get all the benefits of the Denim update as well, even though the camera is already nice and quick! Best thing, this phone will bend you before it bends, unlike another phablet I could mention but won't.
    Date published: 2014-10-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Received product as advertised. Perfect. The Lumia 1520 is a great device and there are many versions of this device some of them meant for International version, some for South America, some for North America and China etc... Depending on the model you choose your phone may or may not have some of the LTE bands. I chose the South America version which is RM-938 and it has all LTE bands, plus it also has Qi wireless charging built is which is not available in RM-940 version that's meant for US (AT&T removes this capability). Plus this phone is a 32GB phone by default... Overall a great phone and B&H did a great job in delivering it on time.
    Date published: 2015-01-23
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    Does this Nokia 1520 sold by BHPhotovideo have the Denim updated firmware installed?
    Asked by: Johnny
    Unfortunately we do not have access to our inventory to be able to inspect the camera and the firmware version installed on it. It is not uncommon that from the time a camera leaves the manufacturer overseas and then arrives to the customer that a new firmware version may be released. Firmware updates are posted on manufacturers websites and are easy to perform. We always recommend that when receiving a new model camera, to check its firmware version to the most recent version posted on the manufacturers website.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    If I buy this phone, could I bring it to Straight Talk? Would it be compatible with Straight Talk?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes this phone is compatible with straight talk. I use my lumia 1520 on straight talk and have not had any problems.
    Answered by: Lakeisha A.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    will this phone work in costa rica?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    This phone would work with all major carriers in Costa Rica with 3G and with 4G LTE with Klbi (ICE) carrier.
    Answered by: Nilson D.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Is there NOKIA provided warranty?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    No, this phone comes with a 1-year limited warranty from B&H. If the phone becomes defective in this time frame, you may bring it back to us.
    Answered by: Nilson D.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    water resistance?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    It is not water resistant, the speaker, charging port and earphone plugs are not sealed
    Answered by: ANTHONY J.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Hi..does this RM-938 (1520.3) Model have visual voicemail that works with T Mobile USA? Thx
    Asked by: Randy G.
    It has a setting for TMo visual voicemail when the TMo SIM is in, which is not present when using the AT&T SIM. However, LTE reception is great with AT&T, not present with TMo at the same location. In other words, when moving the TMo SIM from a TMo phone to the 1520, reception goes from great to meh.
    Answered by: Allen G.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    How well does this phone work with Consumer Cellular? They use AT&T's network.
    Asked by: Robert P.
    I bought this phone for my son and he is using this on T-Mobile network with no issues for the last six months or so. I can pop in a AT&T SIM and check if it connects.
    Answered by: Ravi A.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    I read that texting can be difficult cause the autospell is too zealous in the job. I use a lot of text, so I would like to make sure about this: is possible to disconnect the autospell?
    Asked by: Carlos M.
    Yes. Very easy. Just go to setting - keyboard - tap English (United States) - Uncheck Correct misspelled words
    Answered by: Kai L.
    Date published: 2018-08-25
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