Since it’s targeted mostly at emerging markets (parts of Europe, Asia, South America), Nokia’s Lumia 1320 was never expected stateside in subsidized flavors. And it still isn’t. After all, due to its large footprint and premium looks, it could mess with Lumia 1520’s chances of becoming a blockbuster.
But just because Verizon, AT&T and all the others don’t intend to pick it up, it doesn’t mean it won’t come to the US period. There are alternative ways of scoring a mobile device, you know. Like swing by Amazon right now.
The online retailer has the Lumia 1320 available in unlocked GSM international versions going for $425 and up. A little on the expensive side of things? Sure, but that’s what you get for wanting to join a select club of users early.
Mind you, the mid-end 6-inch Windows Phone is only up for grabs in a handful of Asian countries at the moment, with Europe and Australia following suit next month. So again, boarding the Lumia 1320 bandwagon is a privilege and requires sacrifices.
That also includes giving up 4G LTE connectivity and settling for a mediocre 5 MP camera and claustrophobic 8 GB of on-board storage space. Good thing there’s microSD support to balance things out, a massive 6-inch 720p screen, zippy dual-core 1.7 GHz CPU and 1 GB RAM.
Nothing to bitch about in the design department either, especially as Amazon’s partners sell the white, black and yellow-coated Lumias, the first two of which cost $425 and the third 5 bucks extra. Have fun shopping!