Nokia has revealed its first tablet and two new phablet devices as part of new suite of Asha handsets.
The manufacturer held an event in Abu-Dhabi today (22 October) revealing the devices. The high-end Lumia 1520, which was first revealed by Mobile in April, has a six inch screen featuring a full 1080p HD display and 20MP PureView camera. The device is estimated to cost $749 (£464.44) before taxes or subsidies when it goes on sale during the fourth quarter of this year. The handset will be available in yellow, white, black and red.
The Lumia 1320 is a mid-tier handset with a 720p six inch display. It will cost $339 (£210) before taxes or subsidies when it goes on sale during the first quarter of 2014. The handset will be launched first in China and Vietnam, before hitting other Asian markets, India and Europe.
The launch event is Nokia's first since Microsoft signed a deal to take over its handset business for €5.4bn. The manufacturer also announced its first tablet, the Lumia 2520, which will go on sale before the end of the year priced $499 before taxes or subsidies (£278) in red and white, as well as cyan and black. The 10.1 inch tablet is 4G enabled, features a 6.7MP camera with Zeiss optics. It runs on the Windows RT 8.1 operating system and Nokia said among the features is an 80% battery charge within an hour. The United States, a market which Nokia has found difficult to break into with its Lumia devices, will be targeted with the tablet first, as well as the UK and Finland.
Stephen Elop, executive vice-president for devices and services at Nokia, said: 'Now more than ever, mobile devices are at the center of consumers' lives as they look to capture, curate and share experiences on the go. 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.'
Nokia also unveiled a range of new software for its Lumia devices, including a long-awaited Windows version of the Instagram app, as well Twitter's Vine app. Video director can allow consumers to edit, create and share videos from the Lumia 2520 tablet. Nokia Beamer can project a consumer's phone screen to any HTML5 enabled screen. Nokia Storyteller can integrate photos with Nokia's HERE mapping software allowing users to chart their picures in the order they were taken.
Elsewhere, the phone manufacturer revealed three new devices for its entry level Asha range. All will ship during the fourth quarter, with the Asha 500 featuring a 2.8 inch screen, a 2MP camera and comes in single and dual-SIM formats, costing $69 before taxes or subsidies (£43). The Asha 502 had a three inch screen, 5MP camera and dual-SIM, costing $89 before taxes or subsidies (£55.19). The Asha 503 has 3.5G connectivity, a three inch screen, 5MP camera, Corning Gorilla Glass 2 with single and dual-SIM models available. It will cost $99 before taxes or subsidies (£61).
Author: Graeme Neill