As expected, Nokia has stuck to its guns by making the Lumia 2520 a Windows RT tablet despite a number of manufacturers abandoning the platform in the face of Microsoft’s $900 million Surface RT debacle.
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Of course, Microsoft has announced its intentions to acquire Nokia’s Devices and Services business, so it means the Redmond-based giant will have two Windows RT tablets on the go (the other being the Surface 2). But will it mean twice is nice or double the danger?
What is it? Nokia’s first Windows tablet that runs Windows 8.1 RT and sports a quad-core processor and a full HD display.
When is it out? Before the end of the year
What will it cost? $499 before tax (around £310, AU$520)
Nokia Lumia 1520 release date
The Nokia Lumia 2520 was announced at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi on October 22, where it was confirmed that the tablet would be released into the wild at the back end of the year in the US, UK and Finland.
You’ll be able to pick up the Nokia Lumia 2520 before the end of the year in the US, UK and Finland, with pricing set at $499 before tax (that’s around £310 or AU$520).
Nokia Lumia 2520 design and display
Coming from Nokia’s Lumia end of the park, it’s unsurprising that the Nokia Lumia 2520 is a colourful customer, featuring curved edges with a black bezel around the screen.
On the display front, Nokia is pitching the Lumia 2520 as a device that you could carry around and use outdoors in strong sunlight due to a Gorilla Glass screen with what it’s pitching as "superior brightness" to other tablets.
The tablet, which you’ll be able to grab in black, white, cyan and red, sports a 10.1-inch IPS Full-HD display with a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution that’s on par with Microsoft’s Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 devices.
Nokia Lumia 2520 operating system
Nokia’s Lumia 2520 runs Windows RT 8.1 – the next version of Windows RT – that brings a slew of new features but got off to a shaky start shortly after its release.
As with previous Windows RT tablets, it means that you’ll be restricted to apps from Microsoft’s Windows Store with Nokia’s Lumia 2520 – no installing legacy desktop apps here.
To provide a productivity boost, Nokia is bundling the tablet with Microsoft Office 2013 RT and Outlook RT preinstalled. The Lumia 2520 is also the first tablet outed with Nokia’s HERE maps app that lets you plot routes offline.
Nokia Lumia 2520 specs and camera
The tablet is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU clocked at 2.2GHz. It gets 2GB RAM and up to 32GB internal memory, micro SD card support and SkyDrive cloud storage.
On the battery life front, Nokia claims that the tablet will provide around 11 hours of real-world use from its 8,000mAh battery that can go from depleted to 80% in an hour.
Connectivity wise, Nokia’s Lumia 2520 has squeezed in both 4G LTE and Wi-Fi. Other inclusions of note are microUSB 3.0, NFC and a 3.5mm audio connector.
Nokia is looking to uphold its reputation for packing super capable snappers into its devices by including a 6.7MP camera – a first on a tablet, according to the company. That camera uses Zeiss optics to get on board with the "growing trend of people taking photos with their tablets".
Nokia Lumia 2520 accessories
Nokia’s Lumia 2520 is heading our way with a number of accessories in tow. They include the Nokia Power Keyboard that adds five hours of extra battery juice and offers two USB built-in ports for charging other devices.
The keyboard will also wrap around the device to give it protection and offers full-size keys with a trackpad for using gestures on Windows 8.1. It’ll set you back $149 when it launches (around £95 or AU$155).