Nokia joins tablet race with 10.1in Lumia 2520 and Lumia 1520 phablet
Nokia goes big-screen – but are these tablet triumphs or a bitter pill?
Nokia has scaled up its ambitions, launching a 6in phablet and a 10.1in Windows 8.1 RT tablet.
The Lumia 1520 phablet and Lumia 2520 tablet mark Nokia’s first stab at the big-screen market – so let’s see how they measure up in terms of specs.
Nokia’s certainly thinking big: the Nokia Lumia 1520 packs a whopping 6in 1080p AMOLED screen that’s even bigger than the HTC One Max‘s 5.9in and Samsung Galaxy Note 3‘s 5.7in efforts, though it’s still not as big as the 6.4in Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
Inside it packs a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB RAM, along with 32GB of internal memory. Nokia’s cameras are its stand-out feature, and the Lumia 1520 doesn’t disappoint here – its 20MP OIS snapper may not match the Lumia 1020’s 41MP effort, but in terms of megapixel count at least, it’s far ahead of its phablet rivals. Naturally it’ll shoot 1080p video at 30fps, while audio recording comes courtesy of Nokia’s “Rich Recording” system, which makes use of four microphones.
The Lumia 1520 also comes with a substantial 3200mAh battery, plus built-in Qi wireless charging to ensure you don’t run out of juice.
It’ll be out this some time in the next few months with a US$750 price tag.
Nokia also announced the Lumia 1320, a more affordable 6in handset with a 720p display, 1GB of RAM and a dual-core Snapdragon processor along with a 5MP camera. It will hit shelves in Asian markets in early 2014 for US$350.
Nokia’s first tablet
The Nokia Lumia 2520 is the first, and possibly last Nokia-made tablet before the Finnish mobile giant is swallowed up by Microsoft.
The 2520 reminds us of a super-sized Lumia smartphone, and promises to offer the same sturdy build quality in all of its four coloured cases.
Its 10.1in 1080p Gorilla Glass 2 display is the brightest on the market to date and Nokia promises it’ll cut down pesky reflections too.
Windows RT 8.1 will be powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, along with 32GB of expandable memory, thanks to a microSD card slot.
The Lumia 2520 also packs in an 8,000mAh battery which promises 10 hours of video playback and a quick charge up to 80 per cent in just one hour.
On the imaging front, the Lumia 2520 features a 6.7MP Zeiss optics camera along with a 2MP front-facing camera for video calls.
The Nokia Power keyboard accessory offers a keyboard and touchpad, both of which are built into a case which protects the tablet when closed.
The Lumia 2520 will also be out some time in the next few months and will set you back US$500. Stay tuned fore more specific UK release date and pricing information.