Nokia unveils first tablet and two phablet devices


Lumia 2520, as well as the six-inch Lumia 1520 and 1320 phablets and three Asha handsets, announced this morning at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi 

Nokia has unveiled its first tablet, the Lumia 2520, as well as two phablet devices, the Lumia 1520 and 1320.

The manufacturer made the announcements at its annual Nokia World event, which took place in Abu Dhabi in Dubai this morning.

The Lumia 2520 (pictured below centre), which runs on Windows RT 8.1 and combines 4G and Wi-Fi, has a 10.1-inch HD screen, which Nokia said is designed to provide the best outdoor and indoor readability of any tablet.

It has a 6.7-megapixel rear camera with Zeiss optics featured for the first time on a tablet, as well as a two megapixel front camera. It can provide an 80 per cent battery charge in an hour.

The Lumia 2520 includes Nokia Storyteller, an application developed by the manufacturer to create a collection of pictures and videos as a story on a map, as well as Nokia Video Director, which enables users to edit clips on the device.

The device can also be paired with the Nokia Power Keyboard, which can act as a wraparound cover and includes a keypad with gesture trackpad. It offers up to five extra hours of battery life and two built-in USB ports.

The Lumia 2520 will come in black, white, cyan and red, costing $499. It will begin shipping later this quarter in the UK, US and Finland, with additional countries to follow. The Nokia Power Keyboard will cost $149.

Nokia’s two new phablets, its first ever releases of this kind, are the 1520 and 1320, with both coming with six inch touchscreens.

The Lumia 1520 (pictured top left), which has a 1080p HD display, has a 20 megapixel PureView camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) to sharpen images in the dark as well as oversampling and zooming technology similar to that of the Lumia 1020.

It will be available in black, white, red and yellow, costing $749. It will start shipping this quarter in the US, France, Germany, Finland, China, US, Hong Kong and Singapore, with other markets to follow.

The second of these phablets, the Lumia 1320 (pictured bottom right), is powered by a dual-core processor and comes with a 720p display, five megapixel camera and Nokia Music for free streaming of ad-free music and HERE Maps and location services.

It will be available in black, white, orange and yellow and will cost $339. It will ship in Q1 2014 in China and Vietnam, followed by other Asian markets, India and Europe.

Nokia also added to its feature phone range by unveiling the Asha 500, 502 and 503, joining the recent Asha 501.

The Asha 500 features a 2.8-inch screen and two megapixel camera.It will be available in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East for $69.

The Asha 502 has a three-inch screen and five megapixel camera with LED flash. The will be available in the same markets, except for Latin America, and cost $89.

The Asha 503 includes 3.5G connectivity and has a three inch screen made from toughened glass, as well as five megapixel camera. It will be available in the same markets as the Ahsa 500, costing $99.

All three Asha handsets will start shipping this quarter and come in black, white, red, green, yellow and cyan.

Nokia executive vice president of devices and services Stephen Elop said: “Today we’re inviting people around the world to switch to Nokia. With our latest range of Lumia and Asha products, we’re delivering industry leading design and imaging innovation to bigger devices at more accessible prices.

“The quality and value that Nokia products deliver continues to grow as we partner with developers to introduce app experiences that are unique to Lumia and Windows Phone. And clearly, with Lumia and Asha smartphones enjoying quarter-on-quarter volume growth in Q3 2013, that quality and value is resonating with consumers around the world.”