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Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Lumia 1320: What’s the difference?
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Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Lumia 1320: What’s the difference?

At Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi, the Finnish smartphone maker announced two mega Lumia devices – Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 both featuring a 6-inch display.

With bigger smartphone the flavor of the market, Nokia pushes the Windows Phone OS into the category of phablets. With two devices to choose from, how to decide on the model? Let’s walk you down the differences between the two phones in case you have your eyes and purse set at one of the mega Lumia phones.

Display: Both are 6-inchers but …

A 6-inch ClearBlack IPS LCD display and Corning Gorilla Glass 2  finds place in both the devices but the resolution differentiates both the devices. The Lumia 1320 has a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution with a 244 ppi, while the 1520 opens the windows to 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution for a windows phone with a neat 367ppi.

Design DNA: Sharp vs Rounded

Lumia 1520 takes its design cue from Lumia 925 with sharp edges and has a more premium feel while the Lumia 1320 comes with rounded edges and looks mellowed down and looks like Lumia 625.

Dimensions: Who is lighter and thinner?

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the smaller of the two, inspite of both making use of a 6-inch display. While the Lumia 1520 measures 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7mm, the Lumia 1320 is slightly beefier at 164.2 x 85.9 x 9.8mm. The Lumia 1520 is also thinner than the 1320.

Even on weight scale, the Lumia 1520 is slightly lighter than the 1320 weighing 209 gms in comparison to 1320’s 220 grams.

The internals: The specs sheet

Beneath the polycarbonate body, there is quiet a notable differences too.  Equipped with a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and 2GB of RAM, the Lumia 1520 is quiet a powerful device to handle any challenges.

The Lumia 1320 sees a stepped down specs with a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset and 1GB of RAM.

Nokia Lumia 1520 scores the brownie points on internal storage too with 32GB while the Lumia 1320 has to content with a 8GB. Though you can slap a microSD card for boosting the storage in both the devices.

Camera specs: Who gets the PureView?

Traditionally Nokia takes the photography seriously and PureView is the toast of the Nokia’s camera advances. The Lumia 1520 gets the PureView tech with a 20-megapixel PureView camera on the rear, equipped with Zeiss optics, offering optical image stabilisation (OIS), a 1/2.5-inch sensor size, along with other bells and whistles apps and features.

The Lumia 1320 though has to settle for a 5-megapixel rear camera, with a 1/4-inch sensor size.

Even the front camera differs in both the Lumias. A 1.2 megapixel camera adorns the front of Lumia 1520 while the Lumia 1320 settles for a VGA camera.

 The Price: The barrier

With differences in specs, it translates to different price points too. With superior specs, Lumia 1520 obviously commands higher price than the Lumia 1320.

The Lumia 1520 is priced at $749 (£464) at launch while the Lumia 1320 is more affordable at $339 (£210). So if you are planning for a 6-inch Windows phone, there are two Nokia Lumia devices to suit your purse.


0 23 October, 2013 Gadgets, Mobiles October 23, 2013

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The man behind GingerChai Networks from Bangalore, India. His unconventional, non-geeky approach to gadgets and technology lead him to start TechRaman. When not dabbling with gadgets, he also reviews books and movies and drowns himself in cups of tea.

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1 comment

  1. Peter Pichet Kullavanijaya

    Excellent review without the usual overwhelming technical information. If the readers are seeking technical reviews, there are an abundant of that type and genre of articles on Smart Phone Comparison. I find those useful to the extend that someone has to translate all that information for me. However, Lakshmi Rajan’s writing style is comforting and provides just the right information especially for me – just like the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”.


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