Nokia's Lumia tablets join the battle for Christmas cash
Finnish electronics firm announces three new devices including a high-spec and a budget model
Nokia has unveiled its first tablet, the Lumia 2520, which will go head to head with high-end Samsung and Apple tablets in the run-up to Christmas.
At the Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi, the company also took the plunge into the "phablet" market - the name given to phone-tablet hybrids. Two new devices, the budget Lumia 1320 and the higher-spec Lumia 1520, will join the battle of the small screens.
Nokia Lumia 2520: Nokia's first tablet
The 10.1-inch Lumia 2520 will cost $499 (about £310) when it launches in the US and UK and looks set to challenge Samsung and Apple in the run-up to Christmas.
"It's fast, fluid and flicks along happily under the finger," says TechRadar.
The tablet boasts a curved-edge design, runs Windows 8.1 RT and is available in glossy red and white, and a matte finish in black and cyan.
CNET predicts big things for this new tablet. "Nokia is well-known for design and that shows in the Lumia 2520," the website says. "It's everything you'd expect a Lumia tablet to be: thin, solid, and stylish."
Nokia Lumia 1520: first foray into "phablet" territory
The six-inch, 1080p high-definition Lumia 1520 is Nokia's attempt to compete in the small-screened phone-tablet hybrid market, currently dominated by Samsung and HTC.
The Lumia 1520 sports a 20-megapixel camera, four microphones positioned around the screen to add a type of surround sound to videos and is "a lot lighter, slimmer, and sexier than many a phablet," according to CNET.
It also supports Qi wireless charging, whereby the handset's battery will recharge when the device is laid on a special mat.
Pocket Lint describes the phone as impressive, but notes that the size may be offputting to "skinny jeans-wearing folk".
The Lumia 1520 will cost $749 (£465) when it is released later this year.
Nokia Lumia 1320: the budget-friendly phablet
The Lumia 1320 is the financialy "agreeable" but more than "capable" alternative to the higher-spec 1520 and it will cost $339 (£210).
Like the 1520 it has a 6-inch screen, but other features are scaled back. The camera is only five megapixels, the screen resolution just 720p HD and the processor is less powerful.
But don't let that put you off, says CNET: "if all you want is the productivity power of Windows Phone 8 splayed across a gigantic display, the Lumia 1320's rock-bottom price looks like a sweetheart of a deal". ·