Nokia's six-inch Lumia 1320 phablet arrives in the UK

Nokia's six-inch Lumia 1320 phablet arrives in the UK

Summary: Nokia's budget phablet arrives, but can it help turn the tide against Android and iOS?

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Nokia's Lumia 1320 phablet
Nokia's Lumia 1320 phablet

Nokia's Lumia 1320 phablet will go on on sale in the UK from 24 February, the company confirmed today.

The phablet runs Windows Phone 8 and features a six-inch HD LCD 1280x720 Gorilla Glass 3 screen. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.7Ghz dual-core processor.

The handset also features 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal user memory and supports micro SD cards up to 64GB, and comes with 7GB of SkyDrive cloud storage.

Nokia said the handset features "many high-end Lumia innovations at a significantly lower price point": the 1320 is effectively the budget version of its flagship phablet, the Lumia 1520. Both of the six-inch phones were launched late last year, with the 1520 packing a faster chip, better screen resolution, a higher-spec camera and other features absent from the 1320.

Nokia said the 1320 will be available in the UK from EE, Virgin Mobile, and Carphone Warehouse as well as online retailers. Carphone Warehouse is currently offering the handset with no upfront cost with a £21 per month 24-month contract.

While Microsoft and Nokia have been pushing Windows Phone for some time now, the OS has failed to make much impact on a smartphone market dominated by Android and iOS-powered handsets. Windows Phone held a mere three percent of the worldwide market in the last quarter of 2013, according to IDC.

Indeed, there are even rumours that Microsoft is rumoured to be considering whether to allow Android apps to run on Windows Phone in a bid to boost the popularity of the mobile phone operating system.

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Topics: Mobility, Microsoft, Nokia

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  • My own testing of WP8

    I tested WP8 on a Nokia 520 AT&T Go phone ($50). This is about as cheap as you can get with regards to a brand new smart phone and the low specs show it. My experience...

    Wow, this is a very nice OS, responsive, fluid, capable. The device, although low in specs, did everything I needed it to do (slow in loading apps like Maps but thats expected, once loaded, they ran quickly). This cheap phone had a replaceable battery and SD Card port.

    So looking at this larger 6" phone, if it runs as well as the 520, I would recommend it if you need a small tablet phone. I did not find any gaps in needed apps, the OS does everything I needed it to do. The OS renders low res very well (can't beat a expensive screen but I did not miss mine using the 520).

    I have recommended WP8 and Nokia now many times to people just getting into smart phones. People already mature users might miss some features or apps missing in WP8.
    Rann Xeroxx
  • cheap phablets

    I'm not sure about the concept of phablets. Most of the people I know owning phablets are using it for work. They want high-end not cheap.
    Jean-Pierre-
  • Where did you get 3% from?

    IDC or not, you got your WP percentage wrong. It is between 8 to10%. It is even second used phone OS in many countries like India, Italy, Poland Russia etc.

    Why ZDnet bloggers like flogging Microsoft products?
    jonnybr
    • re: Why ZDnet bloggers like flogging Microsoft products?

      $. Also, groupthink.
      Sir Name
      • Ewen Spencer vs liar Steve Rager

        If you read Ewan's following article, you may wonder where Steve gets his statistics:

        http://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2013/11/08/slow-and-steady-progress-as-windows-phone-reaches-double-digit-market-share-in-the-uk/

        I think Steve uses on BBC's misleading Click program, which is financed by Tax payers money, yet feeds Brits with useless information about technology.
        Wonder.man
  • Verizon friendly?????

    if so sounds amazing to me!

    slower cpu, storage and res are a nonissue to me, $300 left in the pocket is well worth it over an Icon.

    A cheap microsd and the free 25 GB of skydrive is all the storage I will never use up.
    everss02
  • Windows OS

    LAST YEAR WINDOWS WAS THE FASTEST GROWING OS. It started from a smaller base, but it grew very fast in most of the developing markets. The low cost Lumia's were very successfull.
    hayneiii@...