Nokia announces Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 6-inch phablets, Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet
Nokia has held its highly anticipated event in Abu Dhabi earlier today, and on the Lumia side three new devices have been unveiled. They are two phablets (the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320) and one tablet (the Lumia 2520). All of these have been leaked and rumored recently (some more than others, though), so their introduction isn’t really a surprise.
Still, this counts as a big day for the Windows Phone ecosystem, since Microsoft’s new mobile operating system is powering its first ever phablets. This is enabled by the GDR3 update to Windows Phone 8, which allows for the use of big touchscreens with Full HD 1080p resolution and quad-core processors such as the Snapdragon 800 that’s currently the king of the Android world.
So let’s take them one by one. The Lumia 1520 is Nokia’s new flagship offering. It comes with a 6-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen with high brightness, sunlight legibility, super sensitive touch, and Gorilla Glass 2, a 20 MP Zeiss PureView rear camera with optical image stabilization, oversampling tech, dual LED flash, and 1080p Full HD video recording, a 1.2 MP front camera, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, LTE, HSPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 3,400 mAh non-removable battery with wireless charging support built-in. Its dimensions are 162.8×85.4×8.7 mm, and it weighs 209 grams.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 will go on sale before the end of this year in Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States, China, Finland, France, Germany, and the UK. It’s going to be priced at $749 before taxes and subsidies. As usual with Nokia’s Lumia lineup, this will be one colorful smartphone, offered in white, black, red, and yellow. In the US, it will be exclusive to AT&T.
The Lumia 1320 keeps the 6-inch screen and thus the phablet categorization, but is aimed at more price-conscious buyers. As such, it’s both cheap and underpowered compared to the 1520, but that’s to be expected. This will be Nokia’s next big push into the ‘emerging markets’, undoubtedly.
It has a 6-inch 720p super sensitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 3, a 5 MP camera with LED flash, a VGA front camera, a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, LTE, HSPA, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11n, and a 3,400 mAh battery. Its dimensions are 164.25×85.9×9.79 mm, and it weighs 220 grams.
The Nokia Lumia 1320 is priced at $339 before taxes and subsidies. It will be available in orange, black, white, and yellow first in China and Vietnam in early 2014, followed by other markets in Asia and Europe. It looks like it won’t make it to the US.
This will clearly be one of Nokia’s best sellers next year, since it has decent specs for a good price – and the phablet market keeps on growing and growing, especially in Asia. It’s too bad that we have to wait until 2014 to see it in stores (once again Nokia announces things way before availability, unfortunately).
Finally we have the Lumia 2520, Nokia’s first ever tablet. It runs Windows 8.1 RT, and whether it will help this version of Microsoft’s OS gain some traction is very much up for debate. But, it finally happened – we now have a Nokia tablet.
It looks as good as the company’s recent smartphones, and it comes with a 10.1-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 2, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support, LTE, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, a 6.7 MP Zeiss rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, and an 8,000 mAh battery. Its dimensions are 267x168x8.9 mm, and it weighs 615 grams.
The tablet is going to be out in cyan, red, white, and black first in the US, UK, and Finland (though an exact time frame isn’t mentioned). It will cost $499 before taxes and subsidies. It will obviously be spreading to other markets at some point.