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Nokia Outs Windows Tablet, 6-Inch Phones, New Low-Cost Devices

Tue, 10/22/2013 - 10:21am
Ben Munson

Nokia used its Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi today to pull back the curtains on six new devices. The Finnish handset maker, now owned by Microsoft, launched the Lumia 2520 tablet, the Lumia 1320 and 1520 smartphones, and the Asha 500, 502 and 503 feature phones.

The 2520 is Nokia’s first Windows tablet, sporting a 1080p 10.1-inch display, a Snapdragon 800 processor, GSM/CDMA/LTE/Wi-Fi support, a 6.7 MP rear-mounted camera (and a 2 MP sensor in the front), a healthy 8000 mAh battery, and front-facing speakers.

The 2520 is shipping in the fourth quarter with an initial price tag of $499.

In the spirit of going big, Nokia also rolled out the 1320 and 1520, a pair of six-inch Windows Phone slabs. The fancier 1520 rocks the 20 MP Pureview and a 1080p display while the 1320 comes with a 720 display. Both of the big displays though mean an extra column of tiles on the homepage.

The 1520 will hit the U.S. in the fourth quarter priced at $749 while the 1320 is destined for Asian and European markets beginning in the first quarter of next year with $339 price tag.

The lower-cost devices keep coming in the form of three new Asha devices; the 500, 502 and 503. The colorful phones all feature a clear outer shell and new one-touch and swipe capabilities for social network sharing. All three of the dual-SIM phones will ship in the fourth quarter for emerging markets with the 500 at $69, 502 at $89 and the 503 at $99.

Nokia also announced the DC-50 wireless charging plate, compatible with the 1520, 1020, 925 and 920 and selling for about $100.

The major new product rollout marks the first since Microsoft last month acquired Nokia’s devices and services business for $7.2 billion. The sale, paired with Nokia’s new devices, could help halt Nokia’s global handset market share slide. As IDC pointed out, Nokia is still number two in the world with 15.8 percent of the worldwide handset shipments in the second quarter of this year, but that number is down from 22.5 percent during the same quarter in 2012.

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