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Nokia officially launches the Lumia 1320 and Lumia 1520

The two new monster handsets are the first Windows Phone phablets

Nokia unveiled six new products at the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. The new gadgets included the long expected Nokia Windows RT tablet (Lumia 2520), three new budget smartphones (Asha 500, 502, and 503), and the Lumia 1320 and 1520 phablets.

The Lumia1320 is the lower end model. It features a 6-inch 1280 x 720 IPS display, a dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a 5 MP back-facing camera, a 0.3 MP front-facing camera, 4G LTE, a microSD slot (up to 64 GB cards), and a huge 3400 mAh battery.

With it's large battery, the 1320 can apparently offer up to 9 hours of video playback or 21 hours of talk time, making this a very interesting option for those looking for a really large handset. This is especially true if price is a concern as this model is relatively cheap by new phone standards and starts at just US$339.

The Lumia 1520 is the premium model. It features a 6-inch Full HD 1080p LCD display, a quad-core 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 20 MP back-facing camera with Zeiss optics and Optical Image Stabilization, a front-facing 1.2 MP wide angle camera, 4G LTE, a microSD slot (up to 64 GB cards), and a 3400 mAh battery which supports wireless charging.

While it is expensive at US$749, you (arguably) get what you pay for. The specs are top of the line, the camera in particular is a stand out for a phablet, and the run times are even better than the 1320's with up to 10.8 hours of video playback and 25.1 hours of talk time.

The 1520 will be available in most countries in Q4 of this year. The 1320 will seemingly only be available in Asia and Europe starting in Q1 2014.

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Craig Munro, 2013-10-23 (Update: 2013-10-23)