Nokia has unveiled its first Windows-powered tablet

Nokia's first tablet unveiled

Nokia has introduced its first Windows tablet device and two new large-screen smartphones, in the last event before Microsoft will take over the company’s handset division.

Unveiled at a news conference at Abu Dhabi, the new Lumia 2520 tablet is designed to "work anywhere" and give users greater mobility.

Two new 6in (15cm) screen smartphones, or phablets, were unveiled - the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 - offering easier access to apps and other new features.

Three new upgrades to the Asha smartphone were also annnounced - the Asha 500, the Asha 502 and the Asha 503 - offering a new design, smarter camera and other features.

Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop, speaking at the launch in Abu Dhabi, said the new tablet device was a "natural extension of the Lumia family".

"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," he said.

"We are looking to shift this trend - your tablet should be as mobile and as connected as you are."

Later today, Apple is expected to unveil the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 devices with experts saying they expect the iPad Mini 2 will contain a better camera and a retina display.

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