The Nokia Lumia 1520 and 1320

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How Do They Stack Up?

Nokia has just unveiled their two new phablets, a cross between a smartphone and a tablet, the Lumia 1320 and the more up-market Lumia 1520. So how do they stack up?

Firstly, let’s look at the similarities between them. Both use the latest version of the Windows Phone 8 operating system and both have 6-inch display screens. But that’s just about all they have in common.

Nokia Lumia 1320

Nokia Lumia 1520

The lower end of the range Lumia 1320, although looking similar to its big brother the 1520, is actually heavier (by 11 grams) and thicker (by just over 1 mm). But the difference is hardly noticeable. Both models have Nokia’s ‘Super Sensitive’ touch-screens, so you can control them even while wearing gloves, but while the 1320 has a 1280 x 720 pixel screen, the 1520 has a full 1080 pixel HD screen, featuring sunlight readability, high brightness mode and ClearBack technology.

As far as power goes, the 1320 has a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB RAM, compared to the Snapdragon 2.2 GHz quad-core, the first Windows Phone 8 to run a quad-core processor, and 2 GB RAM fitted to the 1520. Because both models have the same 3400 mAh battery, you can expect the 1520 to need recharging more frequently than the 1320.

Both models can support microSD cards with a capacity limit of 32 GB, so the lower storage capacity of 8 MB for the 1320 isn’t likely to cause too many problems. The 1520, on the other hand, comes with an impressive 32 GB capacity. Camera performance varies considerably between the two devices, as you would expect. The 1520, being the top of the range, has a 20-megapixel PureView camera, including optical image stabilisation (OIS) technology as the main camera, supported by a 2-megapixel front facing camera for video calls.

The 1320 makes do with a 5-megapixel camera at the rear, without OIS technology and a front-facing 0.3-megapixel camera. Not so impressive, but adequate for video calls. One further proof of the 1520’s position aimed at the high end market, as if you needed one, is the addition of near field communication (NFC) technology on the 1520. While both the 1320 and 1520 have WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G connectivity, it’s only the 1520 that can boast NFC.

With both phablets offering a 6-inch display and Windows Phone 8, you’ll need to balance your budget with your desire for performance in order to choose between them. The 1320 is just about half the price of the 1520, but it has around half the specifications. If you’re looking for a middle of the range phablet, the 1320 is a good choice but if you have the money, go for the 1520.

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