Nokia unveil new phones, a tablet, Instagram, and more!

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Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has been speaking in Abu Dhabi this morning at the Nokia World conference – and has announced a whole raft of new products. Read on to find out more.

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The Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet will – like all of their products – run Windows 8 and apparently has a special screen, which they claim will enable greater visibility in the sun compared to the other tablets on the market. They’ve also thrown in a 6.7MP rear facing camera with Carl Zeiss lens (and 2MP front-facing camera).

The screen is 10.1″ (same as the Samsung Galaxy Tab), and like the Microsoft Surface, comes with a keyboard that can boost battery life and provide USB ports for the pseudo-laptop experience.

This should be pretty good for running some of the new apps that are launching on the Windows 8 platform – including photo filter app Instagram, video app Vine and feed reader Flipboard. Nokia have also unveiled Nokia Video Director alongside an app called Storyteller, which combines photos, video and maps to, well, tell a story.

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Nokia Lumia 1520 – This looks set to be the company’s new flagship phone. Packing a 6″ screen that can play full 1080p video, it seem as though like the iPhone 5 before it, Nokias are going taller – allowing more on the screen than ever before.

Similarly the Nokia Lumia 1320 is a slightly more lower-end phone. Whilst the screen is still 6″ big, it can only do 720p.

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What makes the 1520 particularly interesting is that it comes with a 20 megapixel camera – complete with Zeiss lens. Combine this with the also announced brand new Nokia Camera app, then given the company’s historically excellent track record with cameras, this is definitely something to get excited about.

In amongst all of this one announcement that has almost got lost is that of Nokia Beamer – which can apparently “project” your phone display to any HTML5-enabled device – displaying everything from web pages to the phone’s camera. This could be game-changing as HTML5 browsers are commonplace now – so why would we need, say, an Apple TV to airplay our iPads if the competitor can do it with just a HTML5 browser? It’ll be interesting to see this one in action.

Perhaps most excitingly for existing Nokia users is that like with iOS upgrades, much of this new functionality will also be pushed out to older Nokia Lumia phones – so no need to cry if you’ve just sunk a few hundred quid on a Nokia 1020, you’ll still get the new Nokia Camera app too!

Phew! That’s a lot – we’ll hopefully have some reviews of some of the new kit when it’s released.

James O’Malley