Wednesday, 23 October 2013 06:38

Me too! Nokia announces first tablet, new phones Featured

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The timing was unfortunate – or maybe deliberate. Apple is getting most of the publicity, but Nokia has announced its first tablet, the Windows RT based Lumia 2520, and a range of new mobile phones.

It will be the Finnish company’s last tablet and phone product release before Microsoft takes control of the range. The announcements were made at Nokia World Abu Dhabi.

The company also launched two new Lumia smartphones: the Lumia 1520 and 1320 and three new low end Asha models, including the first 3G Asha.

"Now more than ever, mobile devices are at the centre of consumers' lives as they look to capture, curate and share experiences on the go," said Stephen Elop, Executive Vice President, Devices and Services at Nokia (that will be his Microsoft title – he was formerly called Nokia’s CEO).

The Lumia 2520 tablet has a 10.1-inch HD display that is “designed to provide the best outdoor and indoor readability of any tablet.” It has 4G and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 6.7MP camera, and for “the first time ever on a tablet,” Zeiss optics,

The Lumia 2520 runs Windows RT 8.1 and has “a number of unique software experiences that are exclusive to the Lumia family, including Nokia Storyteller, a Nokia developed application “that introduces a new way to curate and relive images and videos as a story on a map,” as well as Nokia Video Director, which “offers the ability to edit and get even more creative with videos shot on the Lumia 2520 - as well as content from Lumia smartphones.”

Also available as an accessory is the Nokia Power Keyboard, which doubles as an extra battery. Microsoft Office and Outlook are preinstalled. The device comes in red and white in a glossy finish as well as cyan and black in a matte finish. Initial pricing is US$499. The Power Keyboard is US$149.

The announcement was widely anticipated – and widely ridiculed because of Nokia’s choice of Windows RT as an operating system. It is likely to be shortlived, as Windows Phone and RT are likely to merge in the near future. Wait for Nokia’s – or is it Microsoft’s – next Surface – or is it Lumia – Pro.

More details on the phones in our earlier story.

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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire. He is one of Australia’s longest serving and most experienced IT journalists. He is author of the only definitive history of the Australian IT industry, ‘A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing.’

He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time weekly IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.

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