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Nokia announces its first phablets and tablet

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Nokia's Lumia 1520 has a 6-inch screen and 20-megapixel PureView camera with optical image stabilization.

Nokia has added two phablets and a tablet to its Lumia line up. Nokia's latest announcement happened at its Nokia World conference in Abu Dhabi this morning. As expected, the Lumia 1520 measures at 6 inches and comes with a 20-megapixel PureView camera with optical image stabilization. 

The Lumia 1520 will have to compete against phablets from every major manufacturer of Android smartphones — Samsung's 5.7-inch, 13MP Galaxy Note 3, Sony's 6.4-inch, 8MP Xperia Z Ultra and HTC's just-announced 5.9-inch, 4MP One Max.

With its extra large 1080p full HD screen, the Lumia 1520 will come with some new photography apps standard. Nokia Camera is a combination of Nokia's manual photography app Pro Camera and its feature-packed Smart Camera app. Nokia Storyteller is a new photo management tool on the Lumia 1520 that sorts and presents photos either by time captured or location.

Another new tool on the Lumia 1520 is Refocus. This lens mimics the effect of a light field camera in that it allows the user to choose a focal point post-capture. Not to be confused with the old app of the same name and function, Nokia's Refocus Lens is accessible in the native camera app and lets user pick new focal points after the photo is taken or set everything in focus. Refocus is more like like iOS's Focus Twist than a Lytro camera in that it uses software instead of hardware to achieve post-capture focusing. Check out some examples of Refocus here.

If Nokia's Pro Camera release is any indication, we should be seeing Nokia Camera, Nokia Storyteller and Refocus released to non-Lumia 1520 devices shortly after the new phablet's launch.

See the new apps in action on the Lumia 1520:

The Lumia 2520 is Nokia's first tablet. With a 6.7MP camera, the tablet is also the first to feature Zeiss optics and Nokia promises that it takes great pictures even in low light.

Like Microsoft's Surface devices, Nokia's Lumia 2520 will exclusively run Windows Phone 8. The screen is designed for maximum readability in both outdoor and indoor lighting situations and its Power Keyboard accessory offers an easy way to charge your tablet while providing the full functionality of a desktop keyboard. 

As reviewers continue to criticize Microsoft's latest tablets, Nokia's Lumia 2520 has a chance to emerge as a viable alternative to the Surface. We can only speculate how Microsoft's impending acquisition of Nokia's mobile division will affect the future of Lumia tablets, but as they currently appear to be competing products, we can't help but wonder if this will be Nokia's only tablet as well as its first.

An affordable answer to the new Lumia 1520, the Lumia 1320 has a 6-inch, 720p display. With a 5-megapixel camera, it is definitely not as powerful of an imaging device as the Lumia 1520, but Nokia hopes the Lumia 1320 will satisfy the need for a large screen smartphone in emerging markets.

The Lumia 1520 will be available first in US, UK, European and Chinese markets, and the Lumia 2520 will launch in the UK, U.S. and Finland. Meanwhile, the Lumia 1320 will initially be for sale only in China and Vietnam. Before taxes and subsidies, the Lumia 1520 will cost $749, with the Lumia 1320 coming it at a much lower $339. Nokia's tablet will run you $499 — $50 more than Microsoft's Surface 2.

For more news from today's Nokia event, check out its press release here.

Lumia 1520 Key Specifications

  • 20MP PureView camera
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 2x "lossless zoom"
  • dual LED flash 
  • f/2.4 aperture
  • Front-facing, 1.2MP "wide angle" camera
  • 6-inch, 1080p screen (367ppi)
  • Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory
  • 3,400 mAh battery
  • Up to 64GB microSD support
  • built-in wireless charging

Lumia 2520 Key Specifications

  • 6.7MP Zeiss camera
  • f/1.9 aperture
  • Front-facing, 2MP HD "wide angle" camera 
  • 10.1-inch, 1080p display
  • 2.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory
  • Up to 32GB micro SD support
  • 8000 mAh battery

Lumia 1320 Key Specifications

  • 5MP camera
  • front-facing 0.3MP VGA camera
  • 6-inch, 720p display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory
  • Up to 64GB micro SD support
  • 3400 mAh battery

Comments

Total comments: 12
fuego6
By fuego6 (9 months ago)

Oh Nokia.. windows 8 was truly the killer for ya.. if only Android.. you would be #1 phone!

1 upvote
BrunoH
By BrunoH (9 months ago)

Not so...

The overdue trusting in that people would prefere Symbian phones over iOS was the killer for Nokia. The ship was already sinking when they choose to switch to Windows Phone.

If Nokia would have gone Android... They would have been as dead in the waters as Ericsson was. Remember them? Big Swedish quality phone maker who also hang on to Symbian for to long! Now Sony have bought them!

1 upvote
Petrogel
By Petrogel (9 months ago)

Exactly what microsoft is planning to do with Nokia, in couple of years the Nokia logo will be gone (keep that in mind) , just like Sony Ericsson …… eh sorry Sony.
Microsoft was searching for a hardware store and found it in Nokia, St Elop did what he had to do, now it's water under the bridge.

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3DSimmon
By 3DSimmon (9 months ago)

1520 looks like an interesting phone, nice hardware and camera apps, I just wonder if I could ever adjust to the size.

0 upvotes
CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (9 months ago)

Yeah...the size...it's still too small! 8" would be nice!

1 upvote
MikeInNJ
By MikeInNJ (9 months ago)

Might want to fix up this statement:

"Like Microsoft's Surface devices, Nokia's Lumia 2520 will exclusively run Windows Phone 8."

Actually the 2520 will run on Windows RT 8 which is different from Windows Phone 8. Though the common interface is an advantage for those with multiple devices.

I hope both formats are maintained for a while to see which is more interesting to the market.

Comment edited 9 minutes after posting
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BurningPlatform
By BurningPlatform (9 months ago)

When comparing prices of tablets, you should take into account that the 2520 always has 3G/4G connectivity, whereas the "starting from" versions of iPads and Surfaces do not.

4 upvotes
joe6pack
By joe6pack (9 months ago)

"lossless zoom" is anything but.

0 upvotes
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (9 months ago)

Have you tested it?

3 upvotes
CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (9 months ago)

For video it really is!

1 upvote
Photato
By Photato (9 months ago)

Sensor size?

0 upvotes
Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (9 months ago)

1/2.5 it seems, for the 20MP camera

2 upvotes
Total comments: 12
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