Nokia World is happening today and it's confirmed that the leaks prior to the event were right about Nokia's new phone, the Lumia 1520.
They pulled a stunner though with the introduction of the "Batman" Lumia 1320 , a mid-ranged version of the Lumia 1520. Both devices are in line with Nokia's strategy of catering to both the high-end and mid-range segments.
Rumours have swirled for ages about Nokia joining the phablet crowd and this announcement shows that it's going large for both form factor and camera megapixels.
6 inches of fun
Besides the 6-inch full HD 1080p screen and 20-megapixel PureView camera, the Lumia 1520 will also be running on the latest Windows Phone 8.1, powered by a Qualcomm quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of internal memory and a massive 3,400 mAh battery. It will also come with 32GB of internal storage and support wireless charging with the Qi standard.
Budding movie makers will be happy to know that the Lumia 1520 comes with four built-in mics to support its new Nokia Rich Recording capability. This allows the phone to have directional stereo output for video recording.
Though there's no mention of availability in Malaysia, Singapore is one of the first countries to receive the Lumia 1520 this quarter. The other six countries listed for the initial roll-out are the UK, US, France, Germany, China, and Hong Kong.
And if you're wondering how much this phablet is going to bust your wallet, it's retailing at US$749 (S$929).
The Lumia 1320 on the other hand is almost everything the 1520 is with a bunch of nerfed specs. It has a much smaller camera sensor - just 5 megapixels without PureView technology. The display resolution is also pushed down to 720p, shy of the 1080p full HD prowess of the 1520. Don't expect any quad-core goodness either as the 1320 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core 1.7GHz processor.
The phone will not be available in the US and is targeted at more budget-conscious countries in Asia such as China and Vietnam. The two countries will get the 1320 first, followed by other Asian countries, Europe and India. The 1320 will retail at US$339 (S$421) before tax.
Getting all 'appy
Nokia also had some other goodies in the form of apps. For those who just have to document everything in their life, Nokia Storyteller is going to be their favourite app. The app lets users chronicle their lives by integrating their videos and snaps into the Nokia HERE map data and "tell" it, so to speak, in chronological order. Now you've got the perfect medium to bore, we mean, entertain people with your last holiday trip.
Not interested in Nokia's own apps? How about this next bit of news? Windows Phone is finally getting Instagram and Vine as well. Let the oversharing commence.