Nokia unveils Lumia 2520 tablet, takes aim at Microsoft Surface 2

Nokia unveils Lumia 2520 tablet, takes aim at Microsoft Surface 2Nokia finally joined the rest of the mobile world at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi by announcing its first tablet, the Windows RT 8.l-fuelled Lumia 2520.

The 10.1in tablet boasts a full HD display, quad-core processor and LTE support, and Nokia says it'll be available in the UK before the end of the year.

In the light of Microsoft's buyout of Nokia there's been a lot of talk in the build-up to Nokia World about how the Lumia 2520 would effectively just be a Microsoft Surface 2 with a Nokia badge, with each cannibalising sales of the other.

There's certainly a lot of common ground: they have a similar overall size and weight, share the same Windows RT 8.1 operating system, they both come with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and the 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor is on a similar level to the Surface 2's Tegra 4.

They also both offer a keyboard add-on: Microsoft's Touch and Type Covers, meet the Nokia Power Keyboard, a keyboard stand which doubles as a wrap-around cover and comes with an extra battery and a pair of USB ports.

Nokia's take on the tablet is the more expensive of the two, at $499 versus $449 for the Surface 2, and that's before factoring in local taxes and subsidies.

But you could argue there's enough there to justify the higher price. For starters, unlike the Surface 2 the Lumia 2520 is LTE-capable, and while we can't say for sure without comparing them directly, Nokia's certainly sounds the better display with its high-brightness, low-reflection finish.

Both those points tie into a philosophy of pitching the Lumia 2520 as a tablet designed to be used on the go. Stephen Elop claimed statistics show tablets are overwhelmingly used first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening, and said the Lumia 2520 was designed to counter that trend.

That also explains the high-spec camera, which boasts a 6.7MP resolution, Zeiss optics and a f/1.9 aperture for low-light photography. On the software front there's Nokia's Camera, Storyteller and Video Director apps, plus the likes of Office, Outlook and Here Maps.

The battery is an 8000mAh unit, which Nokia says can handle 10 hours of full HD video playback, and which can be charged to 80% in one hour.

True to its Lumia heritage, Nokia's debut tablet comes dressed in a polycarbonate unibody in a choice of black, white, red or cyan.

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Stelph  Oct. 22, 2013 at 11:09

"Stephen Elop claimed statistics show tablets are overwhelmingly used first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening, and said the Lumia 2520 was designed to counter that trend."

Brave, since almost every attempt to move away from this model of using a tablet for sofa browsing (for example windows 8 tablets or the note 8.0 - 10.1 range) historically hasnt done very well.

Its an interesting tablet, however the price point is smack bang in the same range as the full windows 8 (non-RT) tablets that can do everything that the Surface/Lumina 2520 can do and considerably more since it is full windows, look at the Asus transformer T100 for example which is starting at 349 dollars

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 22, 2013 at 11:42

Yes, I'm not sure the, um, Carl-Zeiss camera will be enough to make people part with their money. A) Nokia have dozens of phones with "Carl-Zeiss" lenses, most of which suck. Fact.
It's a logo that has outlived its credibility. Not to mention B) It's a 10-in slab. No matter how impressively sleek. It's huge. When Nokia say "more and more consumer take photos with their tablets" - yes, of receipts and faxes etc... they are sales reps and office drones. Maybe a plate of tacos to post to instagram. The quality of the camera on a big tab is not the big decision-maker. Or am I way off?
Anyhoo... When Nokia was still top dog they launched a gorgeous clever little netbook. NOBODY bought it. Why? One thing: price! Dito Blackberry's Q10, 9900 etc etc...

B1zarr0Prim3  Oct. 22, 2013 at 11:53

It looks nice but way too expensive.
If it was £250 to £300 then I'd be interested.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 22, 2013 at 12:04

It looks nice but way too expensive.
If it was £250 to £300 then I'd be interested.


The screen is a killer from what I have seen. I admit: I'm a total sucker for Nokia's Clear Black Display Technology. I could look at the Glance screen of the Lumia 925 for hours :D Frightening.

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