Nokia Lumia 1320 – Unboxing and first impressions of the budget friendly phablet

I reviewed the Lumia 1520 and even did a follow up on living with the monster 6-inch Windows Phone. Today, I’m taking a look at the brand new Lumia 1320, a more budget friendly version of the high end Nokia device. Running between $350 and $400 off contract in various markets, including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, the Lumia 1320 looks to be a winner for those wanting something a bit larger.

My Lumia 1320 just showed up, so we figured we would show you folks around the latest Lumia to grace our site. So grab a hot coffee and watch the unboxing video with a quick device tour. We’ll even throw in some high quality photos as well.

Lumia 1320 Specifications

  • 6-inch 1280 x 720 IPS display, Gorilla Glass 3, ClearBlack polarizer, Super Sensitive Touch, Lumia Color Profile and 60 Hz refresh rate
  • Snapdragon S4 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU
  • 8 GB of internal storage; micro SD expansion
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 5 MP f/2.4 rear camera; 640 x 480 pixels f/2.8 front facing camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE, no NFC
  • 3400 mAh battery, micro SIM
  • 164.2 mm x 85.9 mm x 9.8 mm; 220 grams
  • Windows Phone 8 build 10517 (Update 3) with Lumia Black firmware; 3 columns of Live Tiles

All in all, the specifications of the Lumia 1320 are quite solid for a more budget friendly Windows Phone. The processor is not as impressive as the Lumia 1520, which sports a quad-core 800 clocked at 2.2 GHz, but the 1.7 GHz S4 found in the Lumia 1320 is now officially the second fastest of all Windows Phones.

The display is a lower resolution with only a 245 PPI measurement, but with the high quality IPS and ClearBlack technology, we’re not complaining. It looks real good, even on par with the Lumia 920. Seeing as this is a six inch device, you would think Nokia would focus on that aspect and they sure do deliver.

Lumia 1320 camera sample - 5 MP

The 5 MP, non PureView camera is not the greatest for specs, but as you can see for outdoor shots, it’s actually quite good: clear, sharp and decent color balance.

Brothers in design: Lumia 625 (L) versus Lumia 1320 (R)

On paper, the Lumia 1320 is a hair bigger (taller, thicker) than the Lumia 1520 and even heavier (220 grams versus 209), but the truth is that in your hand, they feel identical. The Lumia 1320 does have more rounded corners though and is very reminiscent of the Lumia 625 in terms of design and build quality (though the display is much better on the Lumia 1320). See the image above for a direct comparison.

We’ll be doing a full review of the Lumia 1320 in the coming days, before CES next week, so look for that soon.

For now, if you have questions, ask away in comments or head into our Lumia 1320 forums for discussion!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.