Nokia unveils Lumia 2520 to join tablet push
ABU DHABI: Nokia has unveiled its first tablet and large-screen smartphones, which will form part of Microsoft's global push to become a leading player in consumer devices when it takes over the Finnish company's handset business.
The Lumia 2520 tablet, along with the Lumia 1320 and 1520 phones, are among the last products Nokia developed before deciding to sell the devices unit to Microsoft in a deal that is due to close in the first quarter of next year.
Nokia, once the global leader in mobile phones, arrived late to the smartphone race and has struggled to catch up with Apple and Samsung, who dominate the increasingly crowded market for large-screen smartphones, known as phablets.
The Lumia tablet, which has a 10-inch screen, will also face tough competition from the likes of Apple, which was expected to unveil slimmer, faster iPads yesterday.
The phablets, which both have 6-inch screens, will take on a multitude of similar devices from Samsung.
Analysts said the new products, which will retain the Nokia brand after the Microsoft handover, are priced low enough to attract interest.
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 US$499 (RM1,580).
Forrester analyst Thomas Husson said the Lumia 2520's position for Microsoft is unclear, particularly after the software giant launched its own tablets.
At midnight on Monday, Microsoft started selling its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. Reuters