First impressions: Nokia Lumia 1320 feels heavily overpriced

Hot on the heels of the Lumia 1520 and the new Asha series, Nokia launched the Lumia 525 and Lumia 1320. The 525 is a much-needed upgrade to the Lumia 520 whereas the Lumia 1320 is the more affordable version of the big-screened Lumia 1520. We had a chance for a quick hands-on with both the devices today and we start off with the Nokia Lumia 1320.

First impressions: Nokia Lumia 1320 feels heavily overpriced

Available in a variety of interchangeable snap-on covers; the Lumia 1320 instantly reminds you of a bloated version of the Lumia 625. The plastic back feels the same and so is the overall design of the phone. The 6-inch display is the same size as the Lumia 1520 but instead of Full HD, you get 720p. Despite the relatively decent pixel count of 245ppi, one can still spot slight pixilation in icons and the menus. The IPS display redeems itself with the inclusion of Nokia’s ClearBlack technology but is nowhere near as good as their higher-end offerings like the 920, 925 or the 1020. Screen sensitivity is very good and Windows Phone 8 does run smoothly.

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The phone is powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC and there’s 1GB of RAM onboard, making it compatible with all apps in the Windows Phone Store. You also get 8GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card slot. Removing the cover reveals the non-removable battery and the two slots for the SIM and memory card. The rest of the specifications are pretty much identical to the Lumia 625, so there’s LTE support (not India-ready), Gorilla Glass protection, Dolby enhancements, Wi-Fi ‘n’, Bluetooth v4.0, a primary 5MP shooter and VGA front-facing camera. Due to the larger size of the phone, Nokia has managed to cram in a bigger 3400mAh battery, which should offer a longer standby time.

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We managed to get a quick sample shot with the 5MP camera, which manages decent pictures. This was in an indoor setting however, with heavy amber lighting.

Shot from the Lumia 1320

Shot from the Lumia 1320

 

The Nokia Lumia 1320 will be available from 13 January for a retail price of Rs 23,999. Going by Nokia’s best price, the 1320 will compete with smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 and the Lenovo Vibe X. All things considered, the Lumia 1320 feels heavily overpriced since it’s essentially an upgraded Lumia 625. We expected the 1320 to at least retain the polycarbonate feel of its elder (Lumia 1520) sibling and maybe, have Carl Zeiss optics for the camera but in reality, it just feels like a bigger Lumia 625. Seeing how the Lumia 625 costs about Rs 15,000, the ideal launch price should have been under Rs 20,000. However, these are just our first impressions of the phone in the short time we had with it. We'll be sure to bring you an in-depth review of the Lumia 1320 soon, so stay tuned.

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