Nokia has released its first Windows tablet. Nokia’s Lumia 2520 is the Finnish smartphone maker’s take on a Lumia-style tablet. It looks like a much bigger version of a Lumia Windows Phone. Microsoft may be buying Nokia’s device business, but for the next few months they are going to be battling for a Windows-based tablet market share.
At Nokia World in Abu Dhabi there was the opportunity to compare Nokia’s Lumia 2520 directly with Microsoft’s Surface 2 tablet and find out whether a Nokia-built tablet can take on Apple’s iPad range.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 has a 10.1-inch display and the body is styled just like a Lumia Windows Phone. It is going to be available in red, white, cyan, and black. The device has a 1920 x 1080 sharp display. Colour reproduction is incredibly accurate. It looks as though Nokia has set its sights high with the display on its first tablet.
While Microsoft’s initial attempt with Surface RT was plagued with app performance issues, the Surface 2 improved somewhat and Nokia’s tablet is said to be equally as powerful as the Surface 2. Inside there’s a 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and Windows RT 8.1. The device is apparently quite responsive and multitasking with apps appears as good as the Surface 2. As this is a Windows RT device you can access the desktop Office apps and that’s where Nokia’s keyboard is comes into play. While the Surface 2 has its own Touch and Type Covers, Nokia has opted for a Power Keyboard. It adds a Surface like keyboard and track pad and has two USB ports. The keyboard gives a boost of five hours to the battery life of the device. Nokia says the Lumia 2520 should get 11 hours of life from a charge, so it’s possible this device could reach 16 hours of battery life in total with the cover attached. Now that’s impressive!