Nokia is introducing its first tablet computer and ‘phablet’ devices at their press event on Tuesday. Stephen Elop, who until last month was Nokia’s chief executive and now runs Microsoft’s devices business, will introduce six new products on Tuesday, reports the WS Journal.
Nokia’s first Windows tablet, the Lumia 2520, offers both LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity with a 10.1”, bright, Full HD display. It’s powered by the Windows RT 8.1, and has a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. It also features a 6.7MP rear camera with Zeiss optics and a 2MP front facing camera. With LTE included, the Lumia 2520′s unsubsidized price is $499
The Lumia phablet designs have a 6-inch screens with a 1080p HD display, a 20-megapixel camera, and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The larger format of the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 offer a new column of live tiles. The 1520 uses Carl Zeiss Optics and the PureView technology with optical image stabilization, and a dual-LED flash. It has a microSD card to expand the 32GB internal storage. The Lumia 1520 will cost US$750 unsubsidized, identical in price to the unsubsidized 32GB iPhone 5S. The Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 introduce a new design, smarter camera and a faster and more intuitive user interface.
Microsoft acquired Nokia’s handset division for $7 billion a month ago. Nokia has sold at least 8 million Lumia Windows Phone smartphones in the third quarter, up from 7.4 million in the second quarter and far more than the 2.9 million it sold in the year-ago period, according to a Wall Street Journal. But that’s still a drop in the bucket to Apple, which can sell that many in a weekend.
According to The Verge, the Lumia 1520 is expected to be one of the first Windows Phone devices with a 1080p display and features a 6-inch display, 2GB of RAM, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 32GB of storage, and a 20-megapixel camera. While it doesn’t have the 41-megapixel camera found on the Lumia 1020, the Lumia 1520 is expected to have many of its features.
The Nokia event is scheduled on the same day as Apple’s big show.
Apple will hold a media event this Tuesday, October 22 where it is expected to announce a number of hardware and software products, including the fifth-generation iPad and the second-generation iPad mini, as well as Haswell MacBook Pros, Mavericks, revamped versions of iLife and iWork for both Mac and iOS, the redesigned Mac Pro, and possibly a new display to go with it. A minor update to the Apple TV may also be included, with an update to the Mac mini also possible.
According to IDC, Apple shipped 19.5 million iPads during the first quarter of 2013, topping the 11.8 million tablets shipped during the same period in 2012, and beating the research firm’s own estimate of 18.7 million devices.
Gartner expects 184 million tablets will be sold in 2013 and 263 million next year. Mobile phone shipments are projected to grow 3.7 percent, to more than 1.8 billion units. Small tablet vendors registered the highest growth in Q2, 2013. ASUS shipped 2 million tablets in Q2, 2013, up by 120%.
Samsung still has the majority of Android tablet share with Galaxy tablets representing 55 percent. Lilliputing profiles 5 Tablets that changed the Android landscape.
Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%, according to Pew Research.
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Gartner expects 184 million tablets will be sold in 2013 and 263 million next year. Mobile phone shipments are projected to grow 3.7 percent, to more than 1.8 billion units. Gartner says tablet sales have grown by an estimated 53.4 percent this year, while the desktop category declined 8.4 percent to 303 million units from 341 million for last year.
In 2013, worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to surpass 1 billion for the first time, according to the IDC’s Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.
Smartphones are expected to be 55% of total mobile phone shipments this year and by 2017, smartphones will account for 78 percent of a total of 2.19 billion mobile phones sold worldwide.
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