BY PAUL MICHAEL CAMANIA JARAMILLO
Nokia, whose handset division is to be acquired by Microsoft, has unveiled its first tablet and large-screen smartphones.
The Windows 10-inch screen tablet, Lumia 2520, was one of six devices unveiled, including two so-called "phablets" -- large screen smartphones.
The Lumia 2520, which comes in glossy red and white as well as matt cyan and black versions, is expected to start shipping in the fourth quarter for about $499.
The Lumia 2520 tablet combines both 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 6.7MP camera with ZEISS optics, letting people take beautiful pictures even in low light. The Lumia 2520 runs on Windows RT 8.1 with multiple color choices and fast-charging capability - providing up to an 80% charge in one hour.
The tablet comes with a power keyboard which will cost $149.
The phablets, Lumia 1520 and a less-expensive Lumia 1320, have a six-inch screen.
The Lumia 1520 is heavily focused on photography and productivity and mates a full HD (1020p) display with incredible imaging performance thanks to a 20MP PureView camera.
The Lumia 1320 has a 5 megapixel camera and is engineered with a dual-core processor. It has a 720p display.
The six inch smartphones Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 will be available for $749 before taxes and subsidies and $339 respectively.
Watch first hands-on videos here:
Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia Lumia 2520
Three new low-cost smartphones -- Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 -- are mainly targeted at developing markets in Asia and Africa.
The Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 will be available for $69, $89 and $99 respectively, in bright red, bright green, yellow, cyan, white and black, and are planned to start shipping in the fourth quarter.
Nokia pioneered the mobile phone and dominated the market for 14 years, until it was overtaken by South Korea's Samsung in 2012 as the top-selling brand.
Microsoft and Nokia have been partnered since 2011, co-creating Nokia's Lumia line of smartphones using Microsoft's Windows Phone software.