Nokia has finally taken the cover off their phablets, but there’s not just one phablet. You see, previously we had been led to believe that Nokia would be releasing a phablet, not 2 of them. They are the Nokia Lumia 1320 and 1520. And despite sharing the same screen size, 6 inches, they’re completely different devices inside.
Design and Build
Take a Lumia 920, stretch it to 6 inches and you’ve got the Lumia 1520. Furthermore, take a Lumia 620, stretch it to 6 inches and you’ve got the Lumia 1320. So they look like bigger versions of existing devices, but that isn’t exactly a bad thing. Both the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 have an aesthetic flair that no other commercially available phablet offers. Indeed, such giant slabs of polycarbonate plastic with bold colors are going to be striking things to behold. And we actually like the familiar approach Nokia has taken even with its phablets.
The Lumia 1320 and 1520 both feature large 6 inch displays. That’s 0.3 inches more than the Samsung Note 3 and 0.1 more than the ginormous HTC One Max. But while the Lumia 1520 has a full HD display panel, the Lumia 1320 goes for a budget-oriented 720p display panel. Granted, the 245ppi display of the Lumia 1320 won’t be sharp by modern standards, but because it’s so big, the effect will be minimized to quite an extent. Both the Lumia phablets have IPS LCD panels so it will be interesting to see how the actual image quality compares between the two.
This is where the Lumia 1320 and 1520 start to differ significantly. The Lumia 1520 is the first Windows Phone device to feature a quad-core processor, and not just any quad-core. It has the latest from Qualcomm, a Snapdragon 800 chip clocked at a lofty 2.2GHz. That’s a lot of performance for a Windows Phone.
There’s also 2 gigabytes of RAM to accompany the blazing processor. The Lumia 1320 on the other hand has a much more conventional setup. It’s powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.7GHz accompanied by a gigabyte of RAM. It’s actually the same chip used in the budget Lumia 520, so that should give you a hint of the target audience of this device.
The Lumia 1520 will feature a 20 megapixel camera using Carl Zeiss optics. It’s not quite as impressive as the 41MP PureView sensor in the Lumia 1020, but it should satisfy most people’s photography needs. There’s also a trick new camera feature that allows users to refocus an image after they’ve captured it. The Lumia 1320 gets a rather disappointing 5 megapixel camera.
Pricing and Availability
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is being positioned as a premium device, and as such has a suggested retail of almost $700. That’s a lot, especially considering the ultra-capable Galaxy Note 3 has a very similar price point. The Lumia 1320 has a much more digestible price, with a suggested retail of just $339. That makes it one of the cheapest phablets in the market today, and actually a very attractive one a that. Both devices are scheduled to be released by the end of this year.