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Finnish manufacturer Nokia today entered two new segments, unveiling its first tablet and phablets. The new products, showcased at an event in Abu Dhabi, will help the company make its presence felt in the two booming markets.

Nokia Lumia 2520 is a Windows RT-based tablet with a 10-inch 1080p HD display with Gorilla Glass 2 protection. It has a 6.7MP rear camera with Zeiss lens and 2MP front unit. It runs on the 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and has 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage; it also supports microSD cards up to 32GB.

Other key features of the device include 4G LTE connectivity, 8,000mAh battery and free SkyDrive storage. It comes preloaded with free appsNokia’s Storyteller and Video Director as well Microsoft Office. The tablet will come in red, white, cyan and black colours. Similar to Microsoft Surface, Lumia 2520 pairs with a Nokia Power Keyboard. The keyboard with a touchpad also contains an extra battery for up to five hours extra use, plus two USB ports.

The Windows RT 8.1 device priced at $499 will ship later this year. The tablet will first launch in the US, UK, and Finland, followed by other countries shortly after.

Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 are its first phablets, with screens measuring 6-inch. Both devices run on Microsoft Windows Phone 8 operating system with the recently unveiled GDR3 update. Lumia 1520 has been priced at $749, while Lumia 1320 will cost $339, excluding taxes.

The new Lumia 1520 has a Full HD (1920x1080p resolution) display and is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset. It sports a 20MP PureView camera with OIS and has 2GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage, 3,400mAh battery and NFC. It will compete against the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC One Max and Sony Xperia Z Ultra. Apple is also said to be testing a handset with 6- inch display.

Lumia 1320, on the other hand, is an affordable phablet with a 720p display. It runs on a dual-core Krait processor unlike Lumia 1520’s quad-core chip and has 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and supports microSD cards up to 64GB. The 4G LTE-enabled phablet has a 5MP rear camera and a VGA front-facing unit.

Powered by a 3,400mAh battery, this device will be available in orange, yellow, black and white colours. Nokia Lumia 1320 will launch early next year in China and Vietnam, followed by more Asian and European countries. It will take on rival productsSamsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Huawei Ascend Mate.

Nokia also announced that popular imaging app Instagram is coming to Windows Phone platform in coming weeks.

The event also saw the new range of Asha smart feature phones being introduced, namely Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503.

Nokia Asha 500 comes both in single and dual-sim variants and sports a 2.8-inch screen. It has a 2MP rear camera and is powered by a 1,200mAh battery. The phone will ship for $69 in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Middle East.

Nokia Asha 502 is a dual-sim handset with a 3-inch screen and 5MP rear camera with LED flash. Powered by a 1,010mAh battery, this device will ship for $89 in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Middle East.

Both these Asha phones have Wi-Fi and 2G connectivity and can support up to 32GB microSD card.

The third entrant to the range Asha 503 has both single and dual-sim variants. It sports a 3-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and a 5MP camera with LED flash. It is the only Asha handset to have 3G connectivity, along with 2G and Wi-Fi. Other features include support for microSD cards up to 32GB and 1,200mAh battery. The phone will ship for $99 in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

All three devices will come in bright red, bright green, yellow, cyan, white and black colours. The company also announced that Asha 500, 501, 505 and 520 will get the popular messaging platform WhatsApp.After the Microsoft deal, which is due to close in the first quarter of next year, the new products will still carry the Nokia brand but become part of Microsoft’s drive to become a major player in global consumer devices.

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LG launched its G2 smartphone in India today, bringing yet another powerful handset to the already burgeoning Indian smartphone market. This device is a powerful competitor to the Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z1, HTC One and Nokia Lumia 925.

It has all the makings of a champion, from a powerful chipset, gorgeous screen, unique software, and a great camera. No doubt, LG G2 has us intrigued, especially when it comes to design. The company has done away with hardware keys altogether, placing the power and volume keys at the back instead of left or right side as it happens in conventional design.

We were not sure if this new positioning for the keys will make smartphone usage easier, or if it will make it much too difficult to hold the phone, let alone operate it with one hand. We played with the device for some time at the launch event to see what the LG G2 is all about. Here is what we experienced ..

LG G2 looks much too similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4 despite a minor difference between screen size (5.2-inch for G2 vs 5-inch for S4). However, a closer look reveals that the new LG phone bears some differences compared to the now six-months-old S4, such as on-screen keys, no hardware buttons on the sides and overall a bigger device.

The screen of LG G2 is as good as it gets, with beautiful and vibrant colours and crisp text and videos. Around the screen are very thin bezels, helping the phone keep dimensions to a minimum.

Coming to the buttons on the back. Below the camera you will find here keys – Volume Up, Power/Lock and Volume Down, in that order. After using the phone for about 15 minutes straight, it stopped feeling outlandish as we could get a hang of the keys and using them to do common tasks. More on what these keys do below.

Overall, we like the design and look of the G2. The only grouse? Plastic does not feel fantastic, especially after having used the glass-bodied Optimus G earlier.

While you can press the power key on the back to turn on the phone, another option is to tap on the touchscreen twice quickly. This is same as the functionality we have seen in some of the newer Nokia and Samsung phones.

Inside, the software is similar to the Optimus UI we have seen in previous LG phones. However, this time it looks a little less childish, which is the only issue we had with the Android skin.

The phone seems extremely fast, a result of the combination of the light Optimus UI and powerful Snapdragon 800 chipset. All tasks we performed in quick succession went off without a hitch, showing exactly how powerful the chipset is.

We checked out some of the software features of LG G2. Many we had seen in previous phones (placing phone next to the ear to answer calls without pressing any keys in Samsung Galaxy S3 and supersensitive touchscreen in Nokia Lumia 920).

One feature that caught our eye was Slide Aside, where you can use a three-finger swipe from right to left to push a running app to the sidelines. This feature allows users to move or retrieve a maximum of three running apps from the sides. Though not as good as Samsung’s multi app view, it is still worth checking out.

Using G2 for a little more time gave us an idea of how to use its rear-positioned keys for doing more. While the volume and power/lock functions were quite expected, we also used it to access QuickMemo app and turn on the camera when the phone’s screen was turned off. However, you cannot take screenshots with the handset without using both your hands, something we can easily do with a single hand in other Android phones. During our short time with the G2, we found it to be a very capable smartphone that can stand neck-and-neck with any top-end smartphone in the market. Its unconventional design is quite good and does not hinder functionality, even though it does not add much value to the usage.