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October 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM
Nokia enters phablet market; announces first Lumia tablet
At the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi earlier today, Nokia announced its first Lumia tablet — the Lumia 2520 — and two 6-inch Windows Phone phablets — the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320.
My Seattle Times story on that announcement is here.
And here’s a quick rundown of the new devices:
The Lumia 2520 is a 10.1-inch tablet with a 1080p HD display, 6.7 megapixel camera, and connectivity via Wi-Fi and 4G LTE. It runs on a 2.2 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, has 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, micro SD card support and comes with SkyDrive cloud storage.
It will be available in a glossy red or white finish, or a matte cyan or black finish. It is expected to start shipping sometime in the fourth quarter, and will retail for an estimated $499 before taxes or subsidies.
AT&T and Verizon will be carrying the 2520.
Nokia is also offering a Power Keyboard for $149 that wraps around the 2520 and offers up to five extra hours of battery life and two USB ports.
The Lumia 1520 boasts a 1080p HD display, 20 megapixel camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2 GHz quad core processor, 2 GB RAM with 32 GB internal user memory (and additional 7 GB SkyDrive personal cloud storage and micro SD card support), and built-in wireless charging.
It will come in yellow, white, black and glossy red and sell for an estimated $749 before taxes and subsidies. (Carriers typically offer subsidies to reduce the initial price of the phone when buyers agree to a two-year service contract.)
AT&T has a U.S. exclusive on the 1520.
The lower-priced and less powerfully featured Lumia 1320 — which has a 720p display — won’t be available in the U.S. in the fourth quarter. Rather, it is expected to start shipping in the first quarter of 2014 to China, Vietnam, India, other Asian markets and Europe. It will come in orange, yellow, white and black and sell for about $339 before taxes and subsidies.
Read more about what Nokia announced here.