Abu Dhabi: Finnish mobile devices maker Nokia on Tuesday announced five new smartphones and its entry in the tablet segment with launch of 4G enabled Nokia Lumia 2520, widening its portfolio to better compete with larger rivals Samsung and Apple.
Priced at USD 499 (about Rs 31,000) before taxes, Nokia will start shipping Lumia 2520 to US, UK and Finland this quarter. It would be shipped to additional markets in the first quarter of 2014.
"Lumia 2520 is Nokia's first tablet and a natural extension to Lumia family," Nokia's Executive Vice President Devices & Services Stephen Elop said here.
The company did not disclose the time for launching the 10.1 inch screen size Lumia tablet in India but an Indian channel partner of Nokia said that he expects the product to be launched in first quarter of 2014.
The full suite of the tablet, which includes a key board, is likely to cost customers around Rs 40,000 before taxes. Nokia will provide keyboard at additional cost of USD 149 (about Rs 9,000) before taxes.
Built on Windows RT 8.1 operating system the tablet will have Microsoft Office Applications like MS Word, Excel etc pre-installed on it.
The Nokia tablet shares many commonalities with Microsoft's Surface tablet in terms of price, design and features.
Nokia also unveiled its first smartphones with 6 inch screen size, Nokia Lumia 1320 and 1520, priced at USD 339 (about Rs 21, 000) and USD 749 (about Rs 46,000) before taxes. While Elop announced that Nokia Lumia 1320, which has 5 MP rear camera will be available in India in first quarter of 2014, the Lumia 1520 which has 20 megapixel camera will start selling in leading countries from this quarter namely Hong Kong, Singapore, China, UK, France and other European market.
No timeline for launch of Nokia Lumia 1520 in India was shared by the company.
Nokia's competitor Samsung is already selling smartphones with up to 6.3 inch screen size in India for about Rs 31,000.
The company also unveiled its three economy segment smartphones in Asha series ? Nokia Asha 500, 502 and first 3G phone in Asha series, 503 for USD 69, USD 89 and USD 99 before taxes. Nokia will start selling these three products in Asian markets from this quarter.
Elop announced that instant messaging application WhatsApp will be available on new Nokia Asha phones. This app was not available in previous models.
Nokia has incorporated 5 megapixel camera in Asha 503 which makes it an option for smartphone buyers looking at a new phone priced below Nokia Lumia 520.
The low end phone windows phone from Nokia, Lumia 520, has 5 megapixel rear camera and is available in India from about Rs 9,000.
"Nokia Asha users can too view office documents on their phone. There are application available in the online store which enables them to do so. The difference between Lumia phones and Asha phones will be in terms of experience. Lumia phones have larger display than Asha phones," Nokia Executive Vice President Timo Toikannen said.
Nokia 500 has 2.8 inch screen size and rest of the two Asha phones have 3-inch display. While Nokia 500 and Nokia 503 will come in dual SIM option, Nokia 502 will have only single SIM option.
Samsung's tablet offering Galaxy Tab and Apple's iPad fall in the premium category of these devices based on a touchscreen display, typically multitouch, that facilitate content entry via an on-screen keyboard. Global research firm Gartner expects about half of first time computer purchases to comprise of tablets by 2017.
First Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 18:07