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Nokia Takes On Note 3 + Launches New Tablet

By David Richards | Wednesday | 23/10/2013

Nokia who will shortly be owned by Microsoft, has jumped into the tablet market they have also launched a competitor to the Samsung Note 3 along three handsets that are priced under $100.

Last month, Microsoft announced it will pay about $7 billion for the once -dominant Nokia handset business. The unit has gradually lost market share to Apple, Samsung and a number of Chinese consumer-electronics companies.

The big difference this time round for Nokia is that they have jumped into the large screen smartphone market and the tablet market their two supersize smartphones come with six-inch screens that will compete in the lucrative "phablet" market currently dominated by Samsung who recently launched a stunning new Note 3 that has a lot of software improvements under the bonnet.

The new large screen Lumia's run Windows 8 mobile OS.

Nokia's tablet, dubbed Lumia 2520, is equipped with a 10-inch screen and will run Windows RT, a special version of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system that only works on devices with processors designed by ARM Holdings. 

The 10 inch Lumia has RRP of US$499 (for another $149 you can get a keyboard, longer life battery). There's is no local pricing or availability details for Australia yet, a Nokia spokesperson told CN. 

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It has features that the Surface doesn't have, including LTE technology that makes Internet accessibility and data connectivity far easier and faster. The Lumia 2520 also comes in multiple colors and has a keyboard accessory that adds up to five hours of extra battery life.

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.

The Lumia tablet, which has a 10-inch screen, will also face tough competition from the likes of Apple who earlier today launched the iPad Air.

The Nokia Phablets, which both have 6-inch screens, will take on a multitude of similar devices from Samsung.

Nokia's Lumia 1520 'phablet' costs $US740, while the is far cheaper at $US339 

Analysts said the new products, which will retain the Nokia brand after the Microsoft handover, are priced low enough to attract interest.

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