The Lumia 2520 tablet, along with its Lumia 1520 and 1320 phablets, are among the last products the Finnish company developed to compete with Apple and Samsung before deciding to sell its handset business to Microsoft.
The new Lumias, unveiled at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi today, will face tough competition from large-screen smartphones from Samsung andÂ Apple, which is also expected to unveil slimmer, faster iPads on Tuesday.
The struggling cellphone maker has seen its cellphone business unravel since Apple revolutionized the way people use handsets with the 2007 introduction of the iPhone. Microsoft, meanwhile, is struggling amid declines in sales of traditional personal computers in favor of smartphones and tablets.
Nokia’s first Windows tablet, the Lumia 2520, is a high-end device with a 10.1-inch screen and five-point multitouch. Nokia touts it is as being designed â€śto provide the best outdoor and indoor readability of any tablet.â€ť
The case is made from a single piece of plastic which tapers thinner towards the edges and will come in a range of bright colors. Gorilla Glass 2 has been used on the screen for robustness, and LTE connectivity makes it usable even when away from a Wi-Fi connection. The latest Windows RT 8.1 OS will also ship with the device.
On the back, thereâ€™s a high quality 6.7-megapixel camera with ZEISS optics and an f1.9 aperture that delivers great low light performance. This is supported by two new apps from Nokia â€“ Storyteller and Video Director, which will help to make the most of the media. On the front, a secondary 2-megapixel camera allows for crystal clear video calls.
The Lumia 2520 also pairs with a $150 Nokia Power Keyboard, a wraparound cover that includes a fully functional keypad. The attachment features a gesture trackpad and also provides five hours of extra battery life and two built-in USB ports. Nokia claims its tablet provides fast-charging capability: up to an 80 percent charge in one hour, says TheNextWeb.
The Windows RT 8.1 device will ship this fall for $499; initial roll out will be in the US, the UK, and Finland, with additional countries to follow â€śshortly afterâ€ť.
Also announced was the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 – the company’s first foray into the phablet market which has been such a success for manufacturers like Samsung. Both the devices run on Microsoft Windows Phone 8 operating system. Lumia 1520 is priced at $749, while Lumia 1320 will cost $339.
The high-end Lumia 1520 features a 20MP PureView camera with optical image stabilization and a 1080p full HD display. It runs on the same Snapdragon 800 processor as the 2520 tablet, and boasts of the same storage and RAM.
The 1520 will also come with new apps designed to organize photos based on where you take the shots and to give you more flexibility in determining â€”after the factâ€” where the image should be focused.
It is expected to start shipping in Q4 2013 across the US, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, France, Germany, Finland, and other European markets, with other markets to follow.
The Lumia 1320 is an affordable mid-range phablet, which features a 720p display screen and runs on 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor along with 1GB RAM. The phone has internal storage of 8GB and supports microSD cards of up to 64GB. The phablet has a 5MP rear camera and a 0.3MP secondary front camera.
The Lumia 1520 is available in yellow, white, black and red, while Lumia 1320 will be available in orange, yellow, white, and black.