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Nokia Lumia 1320 hands-on

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Nokia Lumia 1320 hands-on


Nokia has a knack for covering all the bases and they did so this time in the phablet space with the Lumia 1320. It is a close cousin to the new Lumia 1520 in that it too shares a 6-inch display, but the rest of the components are quite a bit different. The Lumia 1320 will be put on sale in Europe and developing markets in the eastern hemisphere.


Nokia Lumia 1320 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 1320 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 1320 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 1320 hands-on
Nokia Lumia 1320 hands-on
The Lumia 1320 design remains true to Nokia’s form factor overall. That means there is a selection of colors to choose from. In this Lumia’s case, the back-plate is removable, which means you can get other colors to suit your style and switch them anytime you like. The design belies the device’s size in that it is quite comfortable to hold in your hand thanks to nicely rounded edges on all sides.

Everything is where it should be on a Lumia device, the volume rocker, power/lock and camera buttons mark the right edge of the handset. The rest of the set-up is what you would expect on most smartphones, with the micro-USB plug on the bottom and 3.5mm headset jack on top.

The battery is 3,400mAh, just like the Lumia 1520, so the lights should stay on for a good long time. However, wireless charging and NFC is not supported on the Lumia 1320.


The display on the Lumia 1320 does not have the same resolution, still the 1280x720 panel does of fine job of showing off the color and detail to be found in the Windows Phone user experience. The Lumia 1320 also benefits from ultra-bright, super-sensitive touch and ClearBlack features that make Lumias a pleasure to work with.

Processor and Memory

The Lumia 1320 gets by with 8GB of native storage and 1GB of RAM.  While some may be put off by what is now regarded as a small amount of storage, the Lumia 1320 does support microSD card expansion up to 64GB.  Under the hood is a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon singing along at 1.7GHz, more than enough to handle the Windows Phone operating system.


The Windows Phone experience remains intact with the new Lumia phablets. The fact that a third column of Live Tiles is supported does not change much for the user. If anything, it improves it from the standpoint that you can put more of what is important to you on the screen.

Even in these pre-production units on display, Windows Phone performed smoothly with no undue drama.

Price, release date and carrier announcements

Just like the other devices announced today, Nokia did not communicate a formal release date or list any specific carriers that will sell the Lumia 1320. We were only told that the Lumia 1320 will make its debut in early 2014.  With a retail price of $339 however, we are pretty confident that the 1320 will find wide appeal to those that want to have a solid media consumption device, but do not want to pay premium prices. We could see this being an effective competitor to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Mega series.  We will let you know as soon as release dates and participating carriers are announced.

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posted on 22 Oct 2013, 10:11 5

1. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)

I like this design better than the 1520 personally.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 17:14 2

15. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

look at those bright screens. Mazingggggggggggggggggg

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 10:24 1

2. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)

i jst dont understand 1 thing, what is the use of SD 800 or such dual Krait Processors
if the speed of Using interface(opening and closing app) is still same as 920 or 1020
i really dont see any difference in speed between 1020 and 1520

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:12 1

5. robocopvn (Posts: 448; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)

not only Snapdragon 800 but also 2Gb is more than needed for Windows Phone 8 OS. We can relate them to marketing purpose. For sure the 1520 will have the high-end price, along with Z1, Note3, HTC one Max, LG G2, etc.. Except One Max, all the others have Snapdragon 800 and 2Gb of Ram. If you are the customer, you may will pay the same amount of money for the same hardware, just different OS.

That's one of the reason why 920, 925, 928, 1020 with their 720p display, 1 Gb of ram, S4 Plus SOC cannot reach consumer's pocket.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 12:01 1

7. jove39 (Posts: 1979; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Lumia 1320 has S400 and 1GB ram...do you even read before commenting?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 17:14

14. robocopvn (Posts: 448; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)

I answer for the concern of wicpromd about using SD 800 in windows phone OS. don't you see ?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:11

10. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

92x series is less than the price of other competitor. price wasnt responsible for lackluster sales. even thought launchprice was equal, deals and sales happened near instantly. now the 1020 is a different story

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:18

11. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

its not about speed in terms of opening an app. wp8 has a set animation that takes a set time when it comes to opening apps. the speed difference will come in several areas, one such will be the time it takes for an app to move past the splash screen, also how fast the camera activates and takes pictures, how well games run (this is also dependent on the new and improved(to wp8) adreno 330). the added power and ram will make for a noticeably improved experience. but here's the thing, you wont see this on the 1320 because the s800 and 2gb ram is on only on the 1520 and 2520. not the 1320

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 10:25 2

3. richardraji (Posts: 21; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)

lumia rules

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 10:52 1

4. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

this should have been 5 inches. 720p is low for 6 inches

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:14

6. robocopvn (Posts: 448; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)

for some or many like me I dont know, laptop, phones, electronic device with over 240 dpi are enough to make my eyes happy :D. And I have really good eyes :D

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 12:04 2

8. jove39 (Posts: 1979; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

"With a retail price of $339"...what else do you expect?

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 10:26

17. taikucing (unregistered)

720p is low for 6 inches you said?
this $339 phone with HD & 245 ppi IPS display has low ppi you said?
What about the overpriced galaxy mega 6.3 ($400) which has 960x540 pixels and 190 ppi of TFT display?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 12:07

9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4328; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

So the third live tile works with 720p after all, eh?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:35

12. quyenqchau0813 (unregistered)

Ok, does it have U.S. LTE bands? I found the specs on nokia conversation blog and they lists a bunch of bands, totally confused

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 13:40

13. quyenqchau0813 (unregistered)

Answered, the RM-995 version can be used in the U.S. Or at least the specs says so

posted on 23 Oct 2013, 08:10

16. cyberdude (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)

Same design , same hardware, thinner & 5" Display = Lumia 725 i would.

posted on 02 Oct 2014, 01:15

18. nuna12 (Posts: 12; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)

The design belies the device’s size in that it is quite comfortable to hold in your hand thanks to nicely rounded edges on all sides.

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