At a launch event in Abu Dhabi this morning, Nokia officially unveiled the 6in Lumia 1520 phablet, the more affordable Lumia 1320, and a new Windows 8.1 RT tablet, the Lumia 2520.
In a year that has seen a barrage of Lumia launches, the Lumia 2520 (see video above) is the line’s first tablet and is charged with kick-starting the struggling Windows RT operating system. Seeking USPs in a saturated market, Nokia calls the Lumia 2520 the “world’s brightest tablet”.
Though it may be the device’s 4G LTE connectivity that proves a bigger draw for UK consumers as high speed data spectrums continue to proliferate across the country. This is just one feature of a well-specced tablet, which sports a 10.1in Full HD display, Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 11 hours of battery life, and the all-new Windows 8.1 RT OS. Nokia will be hoping its new parent company Microsoft is quick to iron out early glitches in the software’s rollout.
Joining the 2520 at a busy launch event in the Middle East was the Lumia 1520 (see video below); another first for Nokia’s as it’s only oversize smartphone, or phablet, to date.
Squaring up to the segment-leading Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the recently unveiled HTC One max, the Lumia 1520 looks a worthy contender, adorned with a Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, also powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and boasting 2GB RAM, a 20-megapixel PureView camera, 4G connectivity, a 3400mAh batrtery, and 32GB storage with a MicroSD card slot enabling expansion.
The Lumia 1520 is 8.7mm thick and weighs 208g, while its Windows Phone 8 software supports a host of features and apps, including the Microsoft Office productivity favourites.
That wasn’t all. Supplementing the arrival of these high-end devices was the more affordable Nokia Lumia 1320, also featuring a large 6in display and 4G connectivity. Elsewhere we have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor in the engine room, clocked at 1.7 GHz, a 5-megapixel camera, 1GB RAM and 8GB on-board memory with slots for expansion.
All three of the unveiled devices are expected to launch in the fourth quarter. Nokia says the Lumia 2520 tablet will cost $499, so expect something around the £399 mark in the UK.
The Lumia 1520 has been given a $749 (around £465) price tag, while the Lumia 1320 comes in at $339; around £210.
The triple launch is likely to be Nokias last as a standalone division before Microsoft swallows up its mobile business.