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Nokia’s Farewell: Six new devices launched including phablet and tablet devices, Instagram coming to WP

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Nokia today launched what is more than likely going to be the last ever Nokia branded products at Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi. The Finnish phone maker launched their new Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 smart feature phones in addition to their 6-inch entry level Lumia 1320 phablet, their high end Lumia 1520 phablet as well as their colourful new Lumia 2520 tablet.

The new Nokia Lumia 2520 is the company’s first real tablet offering, and despite running on the ill-fated Windows RT platform, it seems to be three years too late for Nokia to make any impact, especially no that their hardware division will be going to Microsoft. The Lumia 2520 does however pack quite a punch. It comes with 10.1-inch 1080p touch display, a 8.9mm thick polycarbonate chassis, running on a 2.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 6.7MP rear camera with great lowlight performance, a 8,000mAh battery with super fast charging (from 0-80% in an hour) as well as a microUSB 3.0 port, LTE, Microsoft Office and Outlook as well as the Nokia HERE offline mapping system. The Lumia 2520 will be available in white, black, red and cyan for just $499!

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is basically a smaller Lumia 2520 running on Windows Phone 8. The Lumia 1520 features a 6-inch 1080p ClearBlack touch display, a 2.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, 7GB of cloud storage, a 20MP rear camera with OIS, LTE, a 3,400mAh battery, embedded wireless charging and a hefty $749 price tag. It will be available in yellow, white, red and a black model that will be made out of recycled materials. Good guy Nokia!


Then we have the new Nokia Lumia 1320, which is basically what happens when the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 520 hook up and have a kiddo. The Lumia 1320 is aimed directly at the likely of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Huawei Ascend Mate, bringing the phablet experience to a lower price point. The Lumia 1320 comes with a 6-inch 720p display, a 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, a 5MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, LTE and high speed HSPA+, a 3,400mAh battery and the same four colours as the Lumia 1520. The Lumia 1320 will launch in Asian markets early next year, starting at a might competitive $339.

Of course a Nokia launch isn’t a Nokia launch without some Asha fun, so Nokia went ahead and launched three new Asha devices in the form of the Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503. The Asha 500 comes with a 2.8-inch QVGA touch display, a 2MP camera, single- and dual SIM options, 35 days of standby time, upto 32GB of expanded storage and a $69 price tag. The Asha 502 comes with a 3-inch QVGA touch display, 5MP camera with LED flash, dual SIM support and a $89 price tag. The Asha 503 comes with a $99 price tag, both 3G and WiFi, a 5MP rear camera with LED flash, upto 32GB of expanded storage and 35 days of standby time as well a Gorilla Glass protection.

It has been quite the few decades that Nokia had a run in the mobile market, innovating year after year and launching some groundbreaking device. We will always remember you, even if your logo is removed from the devices, scraping off your phones’ souls. We love you Nokia, farewell…

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Written by Dion Guillaume

October 22nd, 2013 at 8:53 am