Berated by so many for being left in the dust in the spec wars by Android giants, Nokia has at long last shaken off its reservations towards phablets, going all-in on size with both the Lumia 1520 and 1320. But could it be too little, too late?
Probably not, at least not for the Lumia 1520, which is by far the most technically impressive handheld in both Nokia and Windows Phone’s history. Running WP8 GDR 3 out the box allows the 6-incher to adopt both a Full HD panel and pack quad-core Snapdragon 800 heat, so it’s official: Android big kahunas have nothing on Nokia in the hardware department anymore.
And don’t get me started on the imaging field, where the 1520 is capable of fending off all its rivals, maybe save for Sony’s Xperia Z1, courtesy of a top-notch 20.7 MP PureView cam with dual LED and optical image stabilization.
Too bad Nokia still isn’t comfortable with settling for low profit margins on the short term in order to boost its reputation and profits on the long haul, as the Lumia 1520 is destined to cost $750 off-contract and presumably $300 with AT&T pacts. Ouch!
Meanwhile, the 1320 will considerably lower the pricing bar (to a legitimately affordable $340 in Asia and Europe), but, of course, you’ll have to settle for far less power than Lumia 1520’s.
Then again, I reckon a dual-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1 GB of RAM, 3,400 mAh battery and 8 GB of on-board storage actually make up a solid hardware configuration all things considered. Besides, you get 4G LTE speeds and the 6-inch display is not quite cringeworthy, sporting 720p resolution.
Granted, the 5 MP camera sounds, let’s not sugarcoat it, downright lame, but overall, the bang for buck factor is strong with this one.