Nokia Launches Lumia 2520 Tablet and Lumia 1520, 1320, and Asha Smartphones

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That rumored Nokia tablet is now a Real Thing, as the company announced its Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet along with a slew of other products, including two new Lumia phones and three Asha handsets.

The Lumia 2520 tablet looks quite a bit like Microsoft’s Surface tablets, right down to the kickstand and Type-style keyboard. (It’s almost as if the two companies are in cahoots.) The 10.1-inch device features a 1080p HD display with Gorilla Glass 2 and a less reflective finish than some other tablets, and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (2.2GHz) chip is under the hood.

Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT 8.1 tablet
Nokia Lumia 2520

There’s also 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, a microSD slot, connectivity to SkyDrive, 6.7MP autofocus rear camera with Zeiss optics and a 2MP HD front camera, and front-facing stereo speakers. For connectivity, the Lumia 2520 offers 4G LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, microUSB 3.0, NFC, and A-GPS+GLONASS.

The Nokia Power Keyboard, as it’s going to be called, wraps around the tablet to provide extra protection and features a touchpad and chiclet-style keys as well as an extra battery and two USB ports.

One tidbit that may not excite the masses, which you may have surmised from the processor inside: It runs Windows RT 8.1. It will also cost $499 when it launches in the U.S., UK, and Finland.

Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet
Nokia Lumia 1520

After numerous rumors and leaks surrounding a purported Nokia phablet nicknamed “Bandit”, which was later determined to be the Lumia 1520, the device is now official. The Lumia 1520 features that same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor found in the 2520 tablet, and it also sports 2GB of RAM, 32Gb of internal memory, a microSD slot, and SkyDrive storage.

The 6-inch display is a full HD LCD made from Gorilla Glass 2, and it will recognize touch input even through gloves and from fingernails. The rear camera is a 20MP PureView with autofocus, Zeiss optics, image stabilization, 2x lossless zoom, and dual LED flash, and it shoots in 1080p HD at 30 FPS. The front camera is a 1.2MP HD affair. On the audio front, the 1520n offers recording with four microphones with noise reduction.

It offers 4G LTE, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), NFC, Bluetooth, A-GPS+GLONASS, and more for connectivity, and it supports wireless charging, as well. At $749, you’ll pay a pretty penny for the 1520, but the device sounds like it will be an impressive handset.

Nokia Lumia 1320 phablet
Nokia Lumia 1320

For a lot less money--$339--you could also opt for the Lumia 1320, which is also a 6-inch phablet but has some scaled-down features. The display is just 720p HD, and the processor is a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (1.7GHz). It offers 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, microSD support, and SkyDrive storage. The cameras are 5MP with autofocus and flash in the rear and 0.3MP in the front, and it offers 4G LTE, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, microUSB 2.0, and Bluetooth.

Nokia Asha 500, 502, and 503
Nokia Asha 500, 502, and 503

Nokia also added substantially to its Asha lineup of more affordable phones with the Asha 500, Asha 502, and Asha 503. The somewhat chunky-looking handsets run on the Asha platform instead of Windows Phone 8, and they range from 2.8-inch to 3-inch displays. The Asha 500 and 502 offer 2G capabilities while the 503 can handle 3.5G. The 500 has a 2MP camera while the others have a 5MP camera with LED flash, and all three have 64MB of RAM and support up to 32GB of microSD support as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, and microUSB.

The Asha 500 ($69), 502 ($89), and 503 ($99) will initially launch in the Asia-Pacific region and will provide some competition with lower-priced Android phones.
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ajm531 replied on Tue, Oct 22 2013 1:40 PM

I'm an android guy my self but man I love the camera optics from Nokia. I'm betting their tablet will be the first tablet ever that takes good pictures. At the same time that concerns me since that lead to a generation of tablet photo takers. That's the stuff of nightmares right there. I mean tons of people will buy the windows RT tablet... Right?... Just like the last one?..

I also like Nokias design but windows 8 for mobile is a deal breaker personally.

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ajm531 replied on Tue, Oct 22 2013 1:41 PM

Also please don't use the word phablet. That word needs to die.

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scolaner replied on Tue, Oct 22 2013 3:04 PM

I couldn't agree more, but what can you do...

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HanyangXu replied on Tue, Oct 22 2013 3:04 PM

These devices all look rather sexy (with some delicious specs to boot) but Windows RT and Phone pretty much ruin whatever chance they have.

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sevags replied on Tue, Oct 22 2013 7:32 PM

How is Nokia adding .11ac wireless to the phablet but not the actual tablet! You are more likely to have and use ac wifi at home then finding it for your phone while you are on the move. Very silly decision. As someone who has ac wifi at home I will never buy a wireless device of any kind unless it has at least .ac (one of the main reasons why I went with a 2013 macbook air rather than a surface 2 pro).

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sevags replied on Tue, Oct 22 2013 7:38 PM

ajm, I agree with you on nokia optics being great right now however at a measly 6.7mp, no 2x lossless zoom, no pureview branding, and no image stabilization (just based on the specs provided in the article), I wouldn't expect the camera to be anything special or beat out the iPad/Tab tablets out there. It looks like if you want the camera you are looking for it is found on the phablet :)

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scolaner replied on Tue, Oct 22 2013 9:55 PM

For that matter, I think the 1520 is the device you want here...the tablet seems solid, and the 1320 appears to be a nice, affordable phone with decent options, but the 1520...man, that thing has some cool features.

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ajm531 replied on Wed, Oct 23 2013 12:33 AM

yeah pretty much if for some reason i decided to go with a windows phone it would be 1020 or probably the 1520. Not for the specs but the camera definitely. if its one thing ill give windows their budget devices work way smoother than a good portion of android devices but i digest...err i mean i digress

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digitaldd replied on Thu, Oct 24 2013 2:36 PM

ajm531:

I'm an android guy my self but man I love the camera optics from Nokia. I'm betting their tablet will be the first tablet ever that takes good pictures. At the same time that concerns me since that lead to a generation of tablet photo takers. That's the stuff of nightmares right there. I mean tons of people will buy the windows RT tablet... Right?... Just like the last one?..

I also like Nokias design but windows 8 for mobile is a deal breaker personally.

Nokia tablet might take nice pictures but you would still look like a moron using a tablet to take pictures.

 

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