First Look: Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet, 1520, 1320 and Asha Smartphones

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-10-23

Nokia, which is in the process of selling its devices business to software partner Microsoft, hosted Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi Oct. 22 and introduced a new flagship Lumia smartphone, new low-cost Asha smartphones for emerging markets and its first-ever Windows-running tablet. The Lumia 2520 has a 10.1-inch display that, as of its introduction, offered the best indoor and outdoor readability of any tablet; is as colorful as anything in the Lumia family; is thin and light (thinner than the fourth-generation iPad, though bested hours later by Apple's introduction of the iPad Air); and can be paired with a keyboard that doubles as an attractive case for the tablet. And proving that Samsung is not the only vendor unafraid to go long, Nokia gave its new Lumia 1520 and 1320 smartphones 6-inch displays. Gartner Research Vice President Carolina Milanesi said Nokia is showing that it "gets design," while J. Gold Associates Principal Analyst Jack Gold called the new devices evidence that Nokia is upping its game. The major questions now are how the Lumia 2520, which runs the not-so-loved Windows RT OS, will fare and how it will be positioned alongside Microsoft's Surface 2—which became available the day before Nokia's announcement and Apple's introduction of the iPad Air.


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