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Nokia Lumia 1320 Hands-on Review
What is the Nokia Lumia 1320?The 6-inch Nokia Lumia 1320 is the mid-range sibling of the Nokia Lumia 1520, and a rival to the HTC One Max. It forgoes headline-grabbing specs in favour of a more affordable price. The Lumia 1320 will cost less than half its big brother, but has a more moderate dual-core CPU and a 720p display, rather than a 1080p one.
We went hands-on with the device to see if the Nokia Lumia 1320 is more bargain or disappointment. Read on to find out which it is.
Nokia Lumia 1320 DesignThe Nokia Lumia 1320’s design fits in with the phone’s lower price and reduced specs. That’s not to say it looks bad, though. On the contrary, the phone remains pretty streamlined and sleek, with the two piece body available in a range of colours.
At just 9.8mm thick and 220g in weight, the Nokia Lumia 1320 is not hugely chunky or heavy considering its size. The phone’s rounded edges and plastic body sit comfortably in the hand, although the cheaper materials do feel a little less grippy.
However, the Nokia Lumia 1320 design has a distinctly budget air to it. The phone looks like an oversized Nokia Lumia 620, with round corners giving it a softer, more casual appearance than most high-end Lumias. The phone comes in bright orange, yellow, white and black colours.
Nokia Lumia 1320 Screen QualityAlthough missing out on the 1080p Full HD display of its big brother the Lumia 1520, the Nokia Lumia 1320’s screen is still reasonably impressive. Yes, in a phone of this size a Full HD panel is preferable, but the 6-inch 720p HD display is still fairly sharp.
Video looks worse than it does on the Lumia 1520, but when scrolling through the Windows Phone menus, the 1320’s screen appears sharp and detailed enough. With a Gorilla Glass 3 top coating, the screen is tough as well as visually appealing. The relatively low 245 pixels-per-inch image density is noticeable elsewhere, though.
A 1,280 x 720 pixel resolution is nothing to be sniffed at, but it does leave the Lumia 1320 at a major disadvantage when compared with the likes of the similarly-sized HTC One Max or Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Nokia’s ClearBlack display technology has helped enhance the colours of the IPS panel, with bright, vibrant, rich hues sitting alongside deep blacks.
Nokia Lumia 1320 Performance and SoftwareIn a similar vein to the phone’s screen, the Nokia Lumia 1320’s performance is reduced, but not completely diminished by, the move back to a dual-core CPU. The Windows Phone platform has to date managed comfortably without quad-core processors, but the quad-core Lumia 1520 changed that.
The Lumia 1320 has a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB of RAM. As we have come to expect from many Lumia phones, this combination is perfectly satisfying without ever setting the world alight.
Launching and running applications left us with no concerns about power shortage, with the dual-core CPU skipping through all tasks with easy. During our brief time with the phone, though, the Nokia Lumia 1320’s performance was marred by one major glitch that crashed the phone.
However, due to the pre-production nature of the test model we do not want to tar the phone’s reputation just yet - further testing will be required. Our full Nokia Lumia 1320 review will be available soon.
Despite the less power hungry components, the Nokia Lumia 1320’s battery is the same size as the 1520’s. The huge 3400mAh Lithium-Ion brick is said to offer 21 hour talk time, so should more than ample see you through a day or two’s use.
Another area where Nokia has cut corners is the phone’s internal storage. There’s just 8GB on board, but this can be expanded via microSD up to 64GB.
Nokia Lumia 1320 CameraA noticeable step back from the 1520, the Nokia Lumia 1320’s camera is a bit of a disappointment. It’s one of the phone’s main drawbacks. Dropping from a 20-megapixel PureView offering to a standard 5-megapixel snapper, the difference is extremely noticeable.
During our hands-on in both an artificially lit demo room and areas of bright, direct sunlight, the small sensor struggled, often producing slightly grainy, noisy shots. What’s more, the shutter felt a little on the slow side and the integrated LED flash was unremarkable. The front camera has a bargain bin VGA sensor.
Having been offered so much by other Lumia branded phone cameras, the Lumia 1320’s camera now feels restrictive and a bit of a let-down. It takes the otherwise pleasing phone back one very considerable step and could be a major stumbling point for some wannabe owners. But then not everyone cares about a phone’s camera.
Nokia Lumia 1320 First ImpressionsNokia’s double-pronged attack on the 6-inch smartphone market is a bold, and slightly confused move. While the Nokia Lumia 1520 dazzles, the cheaper Lumia 1320 is solid without setting the world alight. The cheaper price point will appease too many, but the lower resolution screen and considerably worse camera will always grate with owners.
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