Phablets, Windows RT tablet and three low-end smartphones unveiled during Nokia World keynote in Abu Dhabi.
Stephen Elop took to the stage in Abu Dhabi for the first time as Nokia CEO to unveil his company’s latest offerings of smartphones as well as its first tablet.
The Lumia 1520 and 1320 both feature a 6-inch screen, but have different specs and are designed for different markets. The 1520 has a 1080p display and comes with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 2.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 and a PureView 20-megapixel auto focus camera. Nokia says the 1520 will retail for $749 and will go on sale this quarter in Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States, Europe and China.
The 1520’s lesser powered sibling, the Lumia 1320, is intended for developing markets. It will ship with a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400, a 5MP camera, a 1280×720 display and 1GB of RAM with 8GB of user storage. It will retail for $339, and be available in China and Vietnam first then in the rest of Asia, India and Europe after.
Nokia also launched its first tablet, the Windows-RT powered Lumia 2520. It has a 10.1-inch screen that outputs 1080p at 218 ppi, a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of storage, a 6.7-megapixel primary camera and 2-megapixel front-facing shooter, and a 8,000mAh that should last up to 10 hours. It will also offer LTE on carriers that support it.
Nokia says Lumia 2520 will retail for $499 and will come with an attachable keyboard like the Microsoft Surface.
Finally, Nokia unveiled a series of budget phones called Asha. Aimed at the developing world, the Asha 500, 502, and 503 will cost $69, $89, and $99, respectively.
The first of the series, the Asha 500, supports 2G and comes with a 2.8-inch screen, a 2 megapixel camera, 64MB of RAM, support for up to 32GB of storage via SD (no internal storage offered), and has a standby life of 35 days. It runs a proprietary OS and comes with a microbrowser for browsing the mobile web. The Asha 502 and 503 have similar specs, though the Asha 502 offers a 3-inch screen made from curved Gorilla Glass while the Asha 503 has a 5-inch screen and 3.5 G connectivity.
While Nokia is offering a large selection of devices to take it into 2014, it’s tough to say whether they will be enough to give the company and significant gain in market share.