The world of tablets and phablets is about to get a lot more colorful.
Nokia, whose Lumia line of vibrantly colored Windows Phones have stood out among the largely black-and-white world of smartphones, announced Tuesday that it is coming out with its first Lumia tablet — the 2520 — and two 6-inch Windows Phone devices, the Lumia 1520 and 1320.
The new tablet is notable because it’s one of the few devices (along with the Microsoft Surface 2, which launches Tuesday) running Windows RT 8.1, the Windows version designed to run on devices using battery-saving ARM processors. Windows RT tablets — including Surface RT, the predecessor to Surface 2 — have not sold well.
The new smartphones mark Nokia’s entry into the “phablet” market — so called because the devices’ screens, generally 5 to 7 inches on the diameter, fall between those of smartphones and tablets. Samsung’s Galaxy Note is credited with popularizing phablets, and earlier this month, Microsoft released a Windows Phone 8 update geared toward optimizing its smartphone operating system for phablet screen sizes. Microsoft and Nokia are counting on the new devices to boost their share in the worldwide smartphone and tablet markets. The two companies entered into a smartphone partnership in February 2011, and Microsoft in September announced plans to acquire Nokia’s phone business.