Nokia Lumia 1320 Review and Gaming Performance: Thoughts and Impressions

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September 11, 2014 | 0 comments
Nokia Lumia 1320 Review and Gaming Performance: Thoughts and ImpressionsHi guys, welcome back!

Earlier, i just showed you 2 great tablets made by Nokia under the flag Nokia Lumia series, which i thought could be great gaming tablets – given their high-grade hardware specs.

Those tablets were Nokia Lumia 2520 and Nokia Lumia 1520.

Both come with 1080p resolution on their 10.1-inch and 6-inch display respectively, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, sharp quality cameras with Carl Zeiss optics and some other things that today are considered as the best hardware on the market.

However, despite being 2 really powerful and great tablets, there is still something that could hold back these 2 devices from being 2 great gaming tablets.

And that is their app catalog or the app ecosystem of the platform - in this case, Windows RT.

Nokia Lumia 2520 with its Windows RT and Nokia Lumia 1520 with its Windows Phone 8 are still left behind by its 2 rivals – Android and iOS -, especially in terms of markets share and popularity.

So many popular apps on Android and iOS are still not available on these 2 platforms. This is actually the same thing that can be expected on another Nokia’s tablet that i’m about to show today.

Nokia Lumia 1320 benchmarks and gaming performance

After showing you Nokia Lumia 2520 and Nokia Lumia 1520, now i want to keep the momentum going by bringing up one other tablet made by the same company.

This one is Nokia Lumia 1320, which is the mid-end model in this Nokia Lumia tablet series.

And as a mid-end variant of this tablet series, Nokia decides to slash some of the sectors of this tablet – from its display resolution, processor, RAM, GPU, cameras and some other more, although its battery capacity still stays at the same 3400mAh, similar just like the one found inside the Nokia Lumia 1520.

Well, if you’re interested to get to know with this 6-inch tablet, as well as its gaming performance and what games that would work perfectly on this device, then here you go, my personal review of Nokia Lumia 1320.

Introduction

One interesting fact about this 6-inch tablet is, Nokia Lumia 1320 is powered by Snapdragon S4 chipset, coupled with Adreno 305, which is weird because this tablet is a new-released tablet.

So if Nokia wants to position this device as a mid-end variant of its latest tablet portfolio, then this company supposedly go with the either Snapdragon 400, especially given its Adreno 305 that usually comes packed on Snapdragon 400 chipset – which is a quad-core processor.

Qualcomm actually has one other powerful processor that sits slightly below Snapdragon 600, in terms of performance.

And that is Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, which can be found on Google Nexus 7 (2013) along with Adreno 320 GPU.

However, given that Nokia Lumia 1320 only comes with a light-weight Windows Phone 8 OS – which is not as heavy as Android OS -, then it’s not that shocking to see Nokia go with Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor for this device, instead of Snapdragon 400 or Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, especially when knowing that Nokia Lumia 1320 also only uses 720p resolution – which is less power hungry and Snapdragon S4 is more than adequate for this type of display.

Interestingly, despite being the mid-end model, there are still some great things to be liked from this ‘giant phone’, from its 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash but without the Carl Zeiss optics, 3400mAh battery, 4G LTE connectivity, FM radio and a complete set of features.

But the questions remain. With all of these goodies found on this tablet, does Nokia Lumia 1320 have what it takes to be a great gaming tablet?

does this tablet stack up against other 6 to 7-inch rivals on today’s tablet market?

Is it worth it to buy this tablet?

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  • 4G LTE
  • Micro-SIM
  • Released January 2014
  • 220 g (Weight)
  • 6.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • 720 x 1280 pixels (~245 ppi pixel density)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • ClearBlack display
  • Dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Chipset
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Microsoft Windows Phone 8, upgradeable to v8.1
  • microSD memory Card slot for up to 64 GB
  • 8 GB Internal storage
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera, (2592x1944 pixels), autofocus, LED flash, check quality
  • 1080p @30fps Video recording
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth
  • microUSB v2.0
  • GPRS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • No Java
  • FM radio Radio
  • GPS
  • Accelerometer, proximity and compass Sensors
  • Yellow, white, black, red Color options
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery
Despite being the mid-end model in Nokia Lumia tablet series, there are still some great thing to write about on this Nokia Lumia 1320, in terms of specs.

First of all, it’s equipped with Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, coupled with Adreno 305 and 1GB of RAM, ensuring the fast and smooth experience to this tablet. A

nd thanks to the light-weight UI from its Windows Phone 8 OS, not to mention the 720p resolution display – which both are not that power hungry-, then this tablet is more than capable to deliver its best performance without squeezing a lot of juice from its battery, ensuring an all-day-long battery life or even 2 days of moderate use.

This tablet may not be as great as its siblings - Nokia Lumia 2520 and Nokia Lumia 1520 -, but still, this type of hardware is still more than adequate for this mid-end device.

Nokia Lumia 1320 will also be great for many things – like watching HD movies, browsing the web (thanks to its 4G LTE), taking photos (thanks to its great 5MP camera), listening to music, reading contents like books or magazines and even for playing games.

Screen

It’s not so surprising to see that Nokia Lumia 1320 is only sporting the 720p resolution on its 6-inch display.

And that’s mainly because this tablet is only powered by Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, which of course is far less powerful than the Snapdragon 800 inside its siblings, but it’s still more than adequate to accommodate the 720p resolution of this tablet.

So with this type of display, not only is this tablet capable to perform fast and smooth, but it also won’t squeeze a lot of power from its processor, ensuring that its battery life could last all-day-long or even more than 1 day in heavy use.

That’s on paper.

In the real-time results, the 720p resolution on this tablet actually still looks sharp and crisp given that Nokia Lumia 1320 is only packing a 6-inch display, which is smaller than the 720p tablets out there with 7-inch display.

So for doing any basic tasks – like watching HD movies, browsing the web, reading contents, editing documents or even playing games, all of these tasks will look great and satisfyingly sharp for most of its users.

User Interface

Similar just like any Nokia devices with Windows Phone 8 OS, Nokia Lumia 1320 also comes pre-installed with a Live-tile-based UI, which is light-weight and not gonna consume a lot of power from its processor.

There are pro and con if you decide to buy this tablet.

The pro is, given its light-weight simple UI, this tablet is able to perform smoothly with no lag whatsoever, making its battery life last longer.

However, the con is, using this simple Live Tile UI can be quite boring in the long run.

And this could lead user to switch to Android or iOS devices quickly, especially if they’re not really into simple UI like the one found on this device.

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As a 6-inch tablet – or a giant phone, if you would -, Nokia Lumia 1320 can still be considered as a good performing device, especially as a media-consumption or even a gaming tablet.

It’s powered by Qualcomm’s low-end mobile chipset – Snapdragon S4 processor (not Snapdragon 400 though) -, which is a dual-core CPU, coupled with 1GB of RAM and Adreno 305 GPU -, meaning the overall performance of this device will still be satisfyingly smooth, especially given that this tablet is only sporting the 720p display, unlike its older siblings - Nokia Lumia 2520 and Nokia Lumia 1520, which both come with 1080p display.

And not to mention, this Nokia’s phablet only comes pre-installed with Microsoft’s very light-weight Windows Phone 8, which won’t “ask” a lot of power from its processor.

When it comes to overall performance, this tablet actually kind of reminds me with Samsung’s latest GALAXY Tab 4 series – which both 8 and 10-inch models are powered by the same Adreno 305 GPU -.

However, given these Samsung’s slates are using Snapdragon 400 chipset – unlike Nokia Lumia 1320 with its Snapdragon S4 processor -, then it’s really obvious that these 2 Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 tablets will excel on the sector that Nokia Lumia 1320 doesn’t – performance.

The good news is – as i mentioned above -, Nokia Lumia 1320 only comes with a light-weight UI and OS.

So this is probably the reason why Nokia goes with the Snapdragon S4 processor, instead of Snapdragon 400, given that this Windows Phone device doesn’t necessarily need too much power in order to perform perfectly and smoothly.

So basically, with this type of processor, along with the GPU and RAM, Nokia Lumia 1320 can still perform seamlessly with no lag whatsoever especially for doing any basic tasks.

Any stuff that you throw on this device, can still be executed perfectly in buttery smooth performance, which has become the “trademark” for all Windows Phone devices.

On the other hand, in terms of gaming performance, it’s really obvious that this device will not be as great as its 2 siblings - Nokia Lumia 2520 and Nokia Lumia 1520, with their Snapdragon 800 processor -.

I notice that, in some of the video reviews i’ve seen on YouTube, this tablet is not really capable to run the latest and most graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne or GTA San Andreas in full highest graphics with all the visual effects in the gameplay.

But even so, games like Asphalt 8: Airborne can still be played smoothly in medium graphics, as well as GTA San Andreas.

Meanwhile, for the simple games like Minion Rush, Kingdoms and Lords, Rail Rush, Temple Run 2 or heavy-performing games like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 7, NOVA 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, HALO: Spartan Assault, Mass Effect: Infiltrator and many other titles from high-profile developers like Gameloft, EA mobile or Rockstar – this 6-inch tablet has no problem at all in running all of these games smoothly even in full graphics.

As a gaming tablet, i think Nokia Lumia 1320 can still be considered as pretty great (not just good) because it’s already equipped with one of the latest and powerful GPUs on the market to date – Adreno 305 GPU, which proved on many devices could handle the latest and most graphically demanding games perfectly (like Moto G, Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 series, Redmi 1S, etc).

I’m actually quite shocked with the gaming performance of this device because Nokia Lumia 1320 is only packing a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, which is ‘outdated’ and not on par with Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor.

I believe its simple and light-weight UI and OS are the ones “to blame” why Nokia Lumia 1320 is able to perform as good as other Snapdragon 400 devices, in terms of gaming capability.

However, as i’ve already mentioned over and over again in my previous reviews of these Nokia’s tablets, Nokia Lumia 1320 comes with Windows Phone OS – which is not as popular as Android and iOS, in terms of market share and app catalog.

So even if this tablet really excels in gaming performance, it won’t be followed by great gaming ecosystem because there are just many many games and apps that are still not available on this device – along with other Windows Phone and RT devices from Nokia.

I notice that only Gameloft, EA mobile and other high-profile famous developers that have their shares of games on this platform.

And i haven’t seen other great games like Horn, Dead Trigger or ShadowGun available on Windows Phone OS.

This is the main reason why you should really consider twice before deciding to buy this Nokia Lumia 1320.

There are many of your favorite games and apps that just cannot be found on this tablet, thus forcing you to find the alternatives for them, which definitely are not any better than the original ones.

But despite all that, i still think that Nokia Lumia 1320 is a good gaming tablet, if not the best – of course, in terms of performance, not ecosystem and app catalog.

It handles the latest games smoothly and it still has a huge collections of great games from popular developers that you can still enjoy in the long run.

Who knows, in the near future, many of your favorite apps finally arrive on this Windows Phone 8 OS or Windows RT.



Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Nokia Lumia 1320, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Battery Life

Similar just like its sibling - Nokia Lumia 1520 -, this tablet is also packing the same exact 3400mAh power battery inside.

Interestingly though, according to GSMarena, the battery life of Nokia Lumia 1320 is not as powerful as Nokia Lumia 1520, which is weird because this tablet only features a 720p display, as opposed to its sibling that is equipped with 1080p display.

I’m not sure if this information is correct. But even so, i still believe that Nokia Lumia 1320 could deliver an all-day-long of battery life to the users, even in heavy use. However, it will also come down to which type of user are you.

If you are a moderate user and will only use this device in your spare time – when taking a break from your job -, then you can expect to see this device last one solid day, of course on a full charge.

On the other hand, if you are a power user and will mostly use this tablet for doing some heavy intense tasks – like watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, then its battery life will drop drastically to just probably around 6 hours or more.

This is still considered as good for a media-consumption device, but not ground breaking.

It last all day in moderate use and it could still survive in long long hours when used for doing some heavy tasks intensively without resting the screen at all.

My Personal Opinions

Despite not having such a “healthy” app ecosystem, in my final conclusion of this tablet, i think that Nokia Lumia 1320 is still a good choice for a media-consumption or even gaming device.

And that’s mostly thanks to its great set of hardware that ensures the great performance of this tablet.

Even though Nokia Lumia 1320 is only equipped with Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor (not Snapdragon 400 processor, given its Adreno 305 GPU), this tablet is still more than capable to deliver a fast and smooth lag-free experience to the users.

And that’s not such a ground breaking given that Nokia Lumia 1320 only comes with 720p display and a very light-weight Windows Phone 8 UI, which clearly won’t squeeze a lot of juice from its processor.

There is just a lot of things to be liked from this device – despite being the mid-end model in Nokia Lumia tablet series.
  • It has a sharp 720p resolution on a small 6-inch display (making it great for viewing contents and text),
  • it has 5MP rear-facing camera (complete with its LED flash and autofocus, which is able to take decent shots thanks to Nokia’s years of experience on camera department) -,
  • it has an advanced Adreno 305 GPU (enabling this tablet to run many latest and most graphically demanding games smoothly),
  • it has huge 3400mAh battery (ensuring an all-day-long battery life),
  • it has 4G LTE connectivity,
  • it has 1GB of RAM (providing a huge space for multitasking)
  • and pretty much every thing on this tablet is just good in my opinion.
However, there is still one downside that could plague this tablet in the long run. And that is its app catalog and ecosystem.

As you might know already, Windows Phone 8 is still playing catch up with Android and iOS, in terms of market share and app market.

So if you decide to buy this tablet, you must also accept the fact that you’re not gonna find many of your favorite apps on this platform, forcing you to find the alternatives for them.

This can be quite annoying in the long run.

But despite all that, i still believe Nokia Lumia 1320 is a great 6-inch tablet.

It’s great for watching HD movies, browsing the web, listening to music, reading contents, taking photos, editing documents or even playing games.

And that fact that this tablet is also equipped with 4G LTE connectivity and probably along with many cellular features, really makes Nokia Lumia 1320 a great all-around media-consumption device.

Anyway, to end this review, I’ll try to answer some of the questions i’ve already asked above:

Does Nokia Lumia 1320 have what it takes to be a good gaming tablet?

Yes – despite having an outdated dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor (not Snapdragon 400), i still think that Nokia Lumia 1320 is a great gaming device.

And that’s mostly thanks to its Adreno 305 GPU – which is a powerful mobile GPU and usually found on Snapdragon 400 processor.

So with this type of GPU, it’s guaranteed that this tablet will be more than capable to handle many latest and most graphically demanding games on the market to date.

But of course, this will also depend on optimizations from developers to their games.

So don’t be surprised if games like Asphalt 8 will run perfectly in full highest graphics on Android devices, but not on Windows Phone devices like Nokia Lumia 1320 – despite having the same Adreno 305 GPU.

But even so, there’s no doubt that Nokia Lumia 1320 is a good gaming device, if not the best.

Is this tablet still relevant to be positioned alongside other devices on today’s tablet market?

Yes – despite having some mid-grade hardware specs, i still believe that Nokia Lumia 1320 still stacks up against other 6 to 7-inch rivals out there, but of course in mid-end market alongside Samsung GALAXY Tab 4 tablet, HP Slate 7 Plus, etc.

Is it worth it to buy this tablet?

Yes – it’s definitely worth it to buy this tablet.

It has a sharp display, a fast processor, a smooth experience thanks to the light-weight UI, a great rear-facing camera, great battery life, 4G LTE and of course, good gaming performance.

But then again, all of these goodies sadly are still not followed by great app ecosystem and catalog.

So even if this tablet excels on many sectors, its lack of app market could hold back this device from being a perfect media-consumption tablet, especially for gamers.

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