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Nokia unveils first ever tablet

Thursday October 24th 2013

Technology giant Nokia is aiming to make up lost ground in the mobile technology stakes, and hailed the raft of new products it is about to release as a "generation of innovation".

The new range, unveiled at a news conference in Abu Dhabi, includes the company's first Windows tablet device and two new large-screen smartphones, or "phablets".

With 6in (15cm) screens, the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 offer easier access to apps and other new features. Nokia also announced three new upgrades to its existing Asha smartphones, the Asha 500, the Asha 502 and the Asha 503. These offer a new design, smarter camera and other features.

Offering a tablet device is a major landmark for Nokia, and former chief executive Stephen Elop said the tablet was a "natural extension to the Lumia family". Mr Elop added: "At Nokia we have found that tablet usage peaks between six and eight in the morning and between six and nine in the evening. During the rest of the day tablet usage drops quite dramatically, we are looking to shift this trend - your tablet should be as mobile and as connected as you are."

Nokia has made this launch before its handset business is taken over by Microsoft, and also comes at the same time as Apple is expected to release some much-anticipated new devices.

Copyright Press Association 2013