Nokia World 2013 has now kicked off in Abu Dhabi and the company set the ball rolling with the announcement of a trio of Nokia firsts, two 6-inch Windows Phone 8 phablets – the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 – and a full-size tablet, the Lumia 2520.
The hotly anticipated Lumia 1520 pretty well matches up with the rumoured spec sheet for the device: a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 6-inch full HD 1080p display, 20-megapixel PureView camera (with optical stabilisation), 32GB of onboard storage and microSD card support.
Going into greater detail on the display, it’s an IPS LCD and uses Nokia’s ClearBlack technology for better contrast while the pixel density clocks in at 368 pixels-per-inch (ppi). Nokia says it’s paid special attention to getting good usability in outdoor use with bright sunlight.
Nokia’s re-used the same premium design we’ve seen on more-or-less every flagship model from the Lumia 800 up to the recent Lumia 1020, so it’s very angular with sharp corners and a sort of layered appearance with the screen sitting on top of the polycarbonate unibody. Unlike the Lumia 1020, however, it doesn’t have a massive camera port on the rear panel and is only 8.7mm thin, but does weight in at a hefty 209g.
That’s probably because of the battery, which keeps pace with the kind of enlarged cells we’ve seen in rival phablets at 3,400mAh. That should ensure you get a few days out of the Lumia 1520. Connectivity options include your usual set of 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth.
The 20-megapixel PureView camera uses Nokia’s signature Carl Zeiss optics, a ½.5” back-illuminated sensor, optical image stabilisation (OIS) and Nokia’s oversampling technique seen on the 41-megapixel PureView Lumia 1020, which allows for lossless zoom and some decent noise reduction. Video is recorded at 1080p and the flash is a dual LED and, as with Nokia’s earlier models, it includes the full suite of camera apps – Nokia Smart Camera, Nokia Pro Camera and Cinemagraph.
Nokia is releasing the Lumia 1520 at an unspecified date during the Autumn in yellow, red, white and black at $749 before tax SIM-free (£464).
The Lumia 1320 is the Lumia 1520’s mid-range counterpart, again the display is 6-inches of IPS LCD tech with ClearBlack but at a lower 720p resolution. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core chip clocked at 1.7GHz with 1GB of RAM, while the camera on the back is rated at 5-megapixels with a single LED flash.
You get full 4G and 3G connectivity, 8GB of storage plus microSD capability and the same 3,400mAh battery as its premium cousin.
The Lumia 1320 isn’t coming out until the early in 2014, when it will be available in orange, yellow, black and white for around $399 (£247).
Lastly, the Lumia 2520 is Nokia’ s first play in the tablet space. It’s a 10.1-inch Windows RT device with a 1920×1080 pixel resolution display and styled after Nokia’s Lumia phones with an angular and colourful polycarbonate shell that’s 8/9mm thick.
Like the Microsoft Surface, it has a keyboard dock, this one’s dubbed a Power Keyboard and features a trackpad and an internal battery boost pack, along with two full-size USB ports.
Processing power comes from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip clocked at 2.2GHz with 2GB of RAM, while the display is an AH-IPS LCD pushing out a seriously bright 650 nits and good sunlight performance.
Onboard storage is 32GB and the device features an 8,000mAh battery, microSD card support, 4G/3G capability, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC.
Camera tech is interesting as slates go, with a 6.7-megapixel primary camera on the back using a Carl Zeiss lens and f/1.9 aperture (this is the same camera as the Lumia 720, and very good it is too), while a front-facing webcam is rated at 2-megapixels.
Nokia is gearing up to launch the Lumia 2520 in November priced at around $500 (£310) in red, cyan, gloss white or matte black, and since there’s 4G connectivity you can expect networks to offer it on pay monthly tariffs too.