Nokia World 2013 Round Up – Complete Recap

Today is a rather eventful day in the tech world. Both Nokia and Apple have major events, with some pretty anticipated announcements expected. Beginning and ending earlier, Nokia World 2013 was known to be the debut stage of the oft leaked Nokia Lumia 1520 and Nokia Lumia 2520, but there were a lot of surprises as well. The event was literally chock full of announcements and releases, and will definitely please any Windows Phone user. In fact, there’s a good chance that a lot of people who were skeptical about the platform will make the switch! Here’s a round up of everything that happened during the Nokia World 2013 event!

Nokia World 2013 Complete Recap – Everything You Need to Know

New Devices

No event like this is complete without device launches, and boy were there launches! This year’s event marked the entry of a new Windows Phone 8 flagship, a large screened budget device and the first Nokia Windows RT tablet. The other 3 devices were from the budget Asha range, and thus expanded Nokia’s portfolio at almost all points of the market. The six devices launched are:

Nokia Lumia 1520

Nokia World 2013 Round Up - Lumia 1520

Remember when Windows Phone 8 flagships were always behind on raw specs? Well not anymore! With the GDR3 update, Microsoft has enabled support for quad core processors, 1080P screens, the works. The first device boasting of all these specs is the Nokia Lumia 1520. A “phablet”, going against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC One Max and Sony Xperia Z Ultra, the Lumia 1520 replaces the Lumia 1020 as Nokia’s flagship smartphone. So what does the asking price of $750 get you? The latest and most powerful mobile chipset, a fantastic PureView camera and a gorgeous screen. Nokia has always focused on the user experience, so while the hardware is important, it’s how they use it that’s more important. So even though the Lumia 1520 is a great device, a lot of the features are by way of software, detailed below. Here’s the full specsheet:

  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • CPU: 2.2 GHz quad core Krait 400
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 32 GB, expandable via MicroSD to 64 GB
  • Screen: 6 inch LCD IPS screen with ClearBlack technology, 1920 x 1080 px (367 ppi)
  • Camera: 20 MP rear facing PureView camera (1080P video recording) with dual LED flash, 1.2 MP front facing camera (1080P video recording)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth v4.0, NFC, Wi-fi, MicroUSB 2.0 slot, 3G4G LTE
  • Battery: 3400 mAh

For the first time, Nokia has included a MicroSD slot for expandable storage on a flagship device, which is undoubtedly one of the most sought after features. The speedy new SoC should silence naysayers who quoted specs, and the PureView camera, although not of the Lumia 1020 caliber, can certainly beat out most smartphones on the market. Plus, there’s Qi Wireless Charging support and a huge battery. What’s not to like? It weighs 209 gm, and is 8.6 mm thick.

Nokia Lumia 1320

Nokia World 2013 Round Up - Lumia 1320

Flagships may be the most publicized devices, but it’s the mid range/budget devices that really make money for a manufacturer. Recognizing the need for large screened budget devices, Nokia has announced the Lumia 1320, codename “Batman”. Caped Crusader references aside, the Lumia 1320 is a solid device that would appeal to many because of its low cost and large 6 inch screen. For a very reasonable price of $339, the Nokia Lumia 1320 packs in the following specs:

  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • CPU: 1.7 GHz dual core Krait 300
  • GPU: Adreno 305
  • RAM: 1 GB RAM
  • Storage: 8 GB, expandable via MicroSD to 64 GB
  • Screen: 6 inch LCD IPS screen with ClearBlack technology, 1280 x 720 px (245 ppi)
  • Camera: 5 MP rear facing camera (1080P video recording), 0.3 MP front facing camera (480P video recording)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth v4.0, NFC, Wi-fi, MicroUSB 2.0 slot, 3G4G LTE
  • Battery: 3400 mAh

The Lumia 1320 is clearly a budget device and although it has the same screen size as its big brother, the Lumia 1520, it’s only 720P HD resolution. The 5 MP camera and 8 GB internal storage might not impress many, but the huge screen, battery and expandable storage definitely makes up for it. Then again, for $339, there’s not many other phones which can boast of the number of software features Nokia has packed in.

Nokia Lumia 2520

Nokia World 2013 Round Up - Lumia 2520

There were rumors about the first Nokia Windows RT tablet almost a year ago, and everything started getting clearer only in the past month or two. Pretty much everything that was anticipated is there. There’s the trademark Lumia design, so you really can’t mistake it for anything else, and now that Windows 8.1 is out, it runs on Windows 8.1 RT. It’s pretty well known that Windows 8.1 RT is a stripped down version of Windows 8.1, and it can only run apps from the Windows Store. The dearth of apps is pretty much the principal grudge being held against it, so lets just get that out of the way for a moment, and you’ll read more about why below. It’s a solidly built tablet with a great screen, powerful specs and will launch for $499, an entirely reasonable price, here’s what you get for that dough:

  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • CPU: 2.2 GHz quad core Krait 400
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 32 GB, expandable via MicroSD to 64 GB
  • Screen: 10.1 inch LCD IPS screen with ClearBlack technology, 1920 x 1080 px (218 ppi)
  • Camera: 6.7 MP rear facing PureView camera (1080P video recording), 2 MP front facing camera (1080P video recording)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth v4.0, NFC, Wi-fi, MicroUSB 3.0 slot, 3G4G LTE
  • Battery: 8000 mAh

Nokia’s first attempt at a Windows RT tablet isn’t shabby at all, and has the specs to go toe to toe with pretty much all its competitors. There’s also a power keyboard accessory that extends battery life, adds a complete keyboard with stand and full sized USB 2.0 ports to boot.

Nokia Asha 500/502/503

Nokia World 2013 Round Up - Asha 500, 502, 503

Nokia’s budget phone range straddles the boundary between featurephone and smartphone so it can’t really be classifies as either, but it definitely can be classified as pocket friendly. The small and colorful 500 series of phones gets a refresh this year, and the 3 new devices are quite similar to each other, save for a few extra features and capabilities. Cheapest is the Nokia Asha 500, starting at $69 and coming with EDGE support, a 2.8 inch touchscreen and a 2 MP camera. Then there’s the Nokia Asha 502, which is a step up at $89, but still only supports EDGE networks. Changes include a 3 inch capacitive touchscreen and 5 MP camera with LED flash. Finally, there’s the Nokia Asha 502, a 3G capable phone coming at $99, with pretty much the same specs as the Asha 502 plus a Gorilla Glass covered screen. Considering that the older Asha 501 provided only EDGE connectivity for the same $99 price, it’s a pretty good deal.

Design wise, all three devices are quite similar to the Asha 501, except that they now have a unique transparent polycarbonate layer over the body to prevent damage and discoloration to the inner body. Since these phones are aimed at the budget market, the extra bit of protection is a nice touch. All 3 phones are as colorful and nice to use as the Asha 501, so Nokia has stuck to the principle of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

Lumia Black Update

Originally called Bittersweet Shimmer, the upcoming firmware update from Nokia will ship officially with the Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update, and will add new features of its own. New apps like Nokia Camera, Nokia Storyteller, updated Glance screen and more features are said to come with it. The successor to the Lumia Amber update will also add Glance backgrounds and the quirky new ability to measure your steps and display them on the screen. Expect it to be available sometime by the end of 2013, coupled with the long awaited Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update (which you can get right now, by the way).

New Nokia Apps

One of the best things about Nokia is their continued support for released devices. Pretty much every new app and feature is also brought to older devices if they’re capable, and new apps are guaranteed almost every event. This time it’s no different, with Nokia announcing Nokia Camera, Nokia Refocus, Nokia Storyteller and Nokia Beamer, 4 innovative new apps that keep even older devices fresh.

Nokia Camera

Nokia Camera is a new app that combines functions of the Nokia Pro Camera and Nokia Smart Cam and integrates the photography experience for all PureView devices. Designed to take advantage of the powerful snappers on the Lumia 1520, 1020, 925, 928 and 920, Nokia Camera is available now for PureView devices and will be available for all other devices after the Lumia Black update.

Nokia Refocus

Nokia World 2013 Round Up - Nokia Refocus

Remember Nokia’s support of plenoptic lenses? It’s finally bearing some fruit. Nokia’s amazing new Refocus Lens Camera app will bring the almost Lytro camera-like ability to PureView devices of depth of field control, after taking the picture. That means you can choose where you want to focus, after the photo has been taken!

Nokia Storyteller

Nokia’s all about photography, so it’s no surprise that it has announced something like Storyteller, an app that arranged and tags your photos based on locations, times and people in it. The app will also arrange your photos in an attractive order and highlight the best photos, and not the blurry ones. In tandem with HERE Maps, it will also save where it has been taken on a map.

Nokia Beamer

Finally, there’s Nokia Beamer, a surprising new app that lets you share your Lumia’s screen with another user, just by connecting via a QR code. You can literally have your phone’s screen mirrored on any other HTML5 enabled screen.  It can be shared via social networks or email too!

New Apps

Right, so remember when we mentioned that naysayers will have less to complain about now? That’s because not one, not 2, but upwards of 20 apps have been announced for Windows Phone 8. This includes the long awaited Instagram, Vine, Xbox Video and Flipboard. Not only that, there’s also games like Temple Run 2, FIFA 14 and Asphalt 8: Airborne to be launched in the coming weeks! Here’s the full list of apps and you can get, or download soon:

  • Instagram
  • Vine
  • Flipboard
  • Xbox Video
  • ESPN F1
  • InNote
  • Papyrus
  • CamScanner
  • Plex
  • Vyclone Pro
  • SophieLens HD
  • PicFeed
  • Asphalt 8: Airborne
  • FIFA 14
  • Rail Rush
  • Rabbids Big Bang
  • Rayman Fiesta Run
  • Temple Run 2
  • My Talking Tom
  • Danger Dash

Pretty much all the big apps are now on Windows Phone, and anything else remaining is sure to make the jump as well soon. Good days are ahead!

So that was our Nokia World 2013 Round Up, with all the details about everything that happened at the event that was nothing short of a whirlwind of announcements. Windows Phone indeed seems to be gaining traction and Nokia is at the forefront of this push. What did you think of the event and our feature? Do drop us a line and let us know!

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  1. Siddharth Sharma October 23, 2013

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