Nokia has announced its first Windows tablet device alongside new smartphones and ‘phablets’.
The Finnish manufacturer announced the new Lumia 2520 tablet at the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. The device offers 4G LTE and Wi-Fi support and runs on Windows RT 8.1. Most tablet manufacturers have turned away from Windows RT, leaving Microsoft’s own Surface RT as the only major product to use the system until now.
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The 10.1in tablet has an HD display with a 6.7-megapixel (MP) camera, which is significantly less than the 20MP of the new Lumia 1520 announced at the same time. Nokia has aimed for ease-of use with the new tablet, including features such as Lumia-exclusive software and fast-charge capabilities.
The product announcements come shortly before the finalisation of plans for Microsoft to acquire Nokia’s mobile phone business for $7.2bn. Analysts say the venture will be used by Microsoft to drive forward the development of Windows Phone using Nokia’s patents.
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As well as the Lumia 2520 tablet, Nokia announced several other products including two 6in phablets – phones with larger screens that bridge the gap to tablets - and three new phones in the low-end Asha range.
The Lumia 1520 and 1320 phablets have 6in screens, allowing an extra column of tiles to appear on the home screen. While the 1520 has a 1080p full HD screen, the 1320 has a 720p display. The difference is reflected in the projected prices, with the 1520 priced at an estimated $749, while the 1320 is estimated at $339.
The 1520 has also been announced as the first Nokia smartphone to use Apical Assertive Display Technology, which adapts to the surrounding of the user to give a clearer display.
A new range of applications has also been introduced, including Nokia Beamer, which allows you to project your phone screen on to an HTML 5-enabled screen, and Nokia Video Director, which allows the user to create and edit customisable videos.
Thomas Husson, an analyst for Forrester, said Microsoft will need to do a lot more before Windows becomes a dominant operating system for mobile.
"These new devices will help Microsoft get traction in new Windows acquisitions, but we're still far removed from a significant installed base of consumers that will naturally attract mainstream marketers and third parties," he said.