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

Nokia's budget phablet arrives, but can it help turn the tide against Android and iOS?
Written by Steve Ranger, Global News Director
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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