By Alexandra Burlacu | Oct 22, 2013 12:24 PM EDT
Nokia unveiled six new devices at its Oct. 22 event, including the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 phablets and Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet.
The Lumia 1520 and Lumia 2520 have leaked extensively in the weeks leading up to the big event, so the official unveiling was not much of a surprise. The new additions to the Lumia family mark a great step forward nonetheless. Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (GDR3) finally enabled the use of large touchscreens with full HD 1080p resolution and quad-core processors such as the Snapdragon 800, and Nokia delivered.
"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," Nokia EVP of Devices and Services Stephen Elop said in the press release. "Today we're inviting people around the word 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 Lumia 1520
The much-rumored Lumia 1520 sports a 6-inch full HD (1080p) display as expected, complete with high brightness, sunlight legibility, super-sensitive touch and Gorilla Glass 2 protection. The phablet's 20-megapixel rear camera boasts Carl Zeiss optics, Nokia's PureView technology, optical image stabilization (OIS), oversampling technology, dual LED flash and 1080p video recording. The handset also has a 1.2-megapixel front-facing shooter.
Under the hood, the Nokia Lumia 1520 packs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for additional memory. In terms of connectivity, the super-sized smartphone supports LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, NFC, GPS, and Bluetooth 4.0. The Lumia 1520 also packs a large 3,400 mAh removable battery with built-in wireless charging support.
The new Nokia Lumia 1520 will become commercially available by the end of the year, launching in Hong Kong, Singapore, the U.S., China, France, Germany, and the UK. The device will launch as an AT&T exclusive in the U.S. The phablet will cost $749 before taxes and subsidies and will be available in white, black, red, and yellow color options.
Nokia Lumia 1320
The Lumia 1320 has not leaked as extensively as the Lumia 1520 or the Lumia 2520, but it is impressive nonetheless. It sports the same 6-inch screen size as the Lumia 1520, but is designed for more budget-conscious consumers. Consequently, this phablet is cheaper and with lower specs compared to the Lumia 1520.
The new Nokia Lumia 1320 has a 6-inch super-sensitive touchscreen with 720p resolution and Gorilla Glass protection, it sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing shooter, and packs a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM. The handset also features 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for additional memory, LTE, HSPA, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 3,400 mAh battery.
The Lumia 1320 will cost $339 before taxes and subsidies and will be available in orange, black, white, and yellow color options. The handset will launch in China and Vietnam early next year, with other markets in Asia and Europe to follow after that. The U.S. will likely not get to see this model.
Nokia Lumia 2520
Lastly, the Nokia Lumia 2520 comes as the company's first-ever tablet. The slate runs Windows 8.1 RT and comes with a 10.1-inch 1080p display with Gorilla Glass 2 protection. Under the hood, the tablet packs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz and paired with 2GB of RAM. Other specs include 32GB of internal storage capacity, a micro SD card slot for additional memory, a 6.7-megapixel rear camera with Zeiss optics and a 2-megapixel front camera. Connectivity options include LTE, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0.
The tablet will come in cyan, red, white, and black color options. The initial launch will include the U.S., the UK and Finland, but Nokia has not offered a specific release date. The Nokia Lumia 2520 will cost $499 before taxes and subsidies.
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