A few months ago, Microsoft announced that they are acquiring all of Nokia’s devices, patents, services and businesses. The deal will close in the first quarter of 2014. Today when Nokia hosted their event at Abu Dhabi, it was most likely their last tech event as a smartphone manufacturer. And they did it with a bang! The event unfolded as many as 6 new mobiles, phablets and a tablet. The event though wasn’t all about devices, as Nokia proudly also announced some very popular apps and services that will be arriving to Windows platform in ‘coming months’.
Here is everything you need to know about today’s event and released devices and service announcements.
Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 – Those 6-inch screen phones!
Nokia started the event announcing two new 6-inch phones in its Lumia series. The Lumia 1320, and its high-end counterpart Lumia 1520.
Starting with the premium device, Lumia 1520 is the first Windows Phone to run on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor, and sport a 1080p screen. The device is massive, if not colossal, and the display of the phone has never been this good before. The phone comes with a 20-megapixel camera, which assorts a new PureView sensor technology and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). It is well protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and has ClearBlack display. It is powered by a Quad-core Krait 400 CPU clocked at 2.2 GHz and has a 2 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 64 GB via miscroSD.
Battery has never been a big issue for Windows Phone, but this big device sure can use the non-removable 3400 mAh battery it comes with, in addition, the device also has built-in wireless charging and supports LTE networks. The expected price of Lumia 1520 is $749.
Lumia 1320 is the low-end counterpart of Lumia 1520, with each aspect downsized a bit, except the screen size, of course. Lumia 1320 has 720p support, and ClearBlack display well protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Although it too is running on the latest version of Windows Phone, the device is powered by Dual-core CPU clocked at 1.7 Ghz and Qualcomm Snapdragon S4.
The device has a standard 5 MP camera at the back and a VGA camera on the front end. The rare camera can capture videos at 30fps. The device comes with 8 GB internal storage, which too can be expanded upto 64 GB and 1 gig of RAM. Lumia 1320 too comes with a non-removable 3400 mAh Li-Ion battery.Lumia 1320 is expected to cost around $400 less than Lumia 1520.
Nokia Lumia 2520 – Finally, a Nokia tablet!
Nokia has ruled the smartphone industry for years. There was a time, before Apple was not in the picture, Nokia had an unprecedented lead in the mobile industry. One thing which surprisingly they never put their hands on was a tablet, until today, when Abu Dhabi officially witnessed the first Nokia tablet.
Consider a recently released Lumia phone, stretch it out, that’s more or less how the Nokia Lumia 2520 looks. It has a 10.1-inch screen, with support for 1080p display, and a pixel density of 218 ppi. The screen is protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and has a 3.5 mm jack for your audio output. The device is laced with 2 cameras – a 6.7-megapixel camera at the rear, and a 2-megapixel camera on the front. Lumia 2520 comes with 32 GB internal storage which can be expanded to another 32 GB via microSD card, and 2 GB of RAM and 2 USB ports. It is powered by Quad-core 2.2 Ghz Krait 400 CPU, and Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 processor, and runs on Microsoft Windows RT. The device has support for 3G as well as LTE. Lumia 2520 is powered by an enormous 8000 mAh battery, which could last upto 15 hours of battery life with ease!
The irony is, Nokia Lumia 2520 is the biggest, and what seems a better alternative of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. The device is expected to be priced at $499.
New Asha devices
If you think the party is over, here are three more smartphones. The entry level smartphone or high end cellphone, depending on how you consider it is all priced under $100, and come in bright red, cyan, bright green, yellow, white color, and black. All the devices come with Fastlane screen that lets you keep a check on your Twitter and Facebook updates.They also come with WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Foursquare and many other apps preinstalled on it.
Nokia Asha 500
The cheapest among all, Asha 500 is priced at $69. It’s a 3-inch, entry level smartphone with 2-megapixel camera at the back. The device has 2G connectivity for data access, and comes in both, single and dual-sim variants. The device, or all the three devices for that matter comes with a crystal-clear shell with bold colored inner shell.
Nokia Asha 502
Priced at $89, Asha 502 is an extremely good device for that price point. It has a 3-inch screen, with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash at the back. It comes in one variant, and haseasy swappable dual-sim support. The phone comes with many cool apps like LINE, Danger Dash, and many other sports related apps.
Nokia Asha 503
Priced roughly at $100, Asha 503 has a 3-inch screen, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Like its sibling Asha 502, it too has a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. It beats Asha 502 from the connectivity standpoint as it supports 3.5G.
For those who have always wanted an Instagram app on their Windows devices, your wait is now over. The app is very soon coming to the Windows Store. Not just Instagram, but many more apps made their way to Windows today. The most popular ones being, InNote, phriz.be, PicFeed, Plex, Vine, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Fifa 14, Flipboard, My talking Tom, Rail Rush, Temple Run 2, Danger Dash and Rayman Fiesta Run. Some new apps which have been added to the store include Xbox Video, Nokia Beamer, Nokia Camera, Nokia Storyteller, and Nokia Director.