Nokia was always at the forefront of the mobile industry. It has proved it can produce a decent smartphone based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system but what about plans to move into the tablet market? Here’s what we know.

It has emerged that Nokia’s first tablet will be part of the Lumia brand and will carry the product code 2520, hence the name the Lumia 2520.

Nokia Tablet Lumia 2520

Thanks to a few leaks we have a good idea of what the tablet will look like. Images show that it will have a bright red, plastic back, which is in-keeping with the current Lumia design. Earlier this month leaks from @evleaks show the device to have a 16:9 ratio screen that is designed to be used in a horizontal orientation. From the images it looks like the volume rocker is on the top right hand side of the frame.

The tablet also has a wide bezel, in which sits a front facing webcam but there are no clue as to the specs.

Tablet Specs And Operating System

Any information on specs for the Nokia tablet are pure speculation at the moment but rumours suggest that the device will have a 1080p, 10.1-inch display, a 6.7 megapixel rear-facing camera and ten hours of battery life. It is also rumoured to have LTE support, 32GB of storage, a microHDMI connector and a micro USB port. Whether these rumours are true, we’ll have to wait and see.

What nobody seems to know is what operating system Nokia’s first tablet will run on. It’s possible that it will run on Windows RT but it would make more sense for it to be powered by Windows Phone 8, especially seeing as Microsoft is working on an update that will allow Windows Phone 8 to run on tablet-sized devices. As with the specs, we’ll have to wait and see for that one.

Release Date

There is no confirmed release date for the Lumia 2520 yet but Nokia will be showing off the new tablet for the first time on October 22nd.

That’s the same day that Apple will be showcasing its next generation of iPads. Apple’s unveiling date was supposed to be the 15th but it was moved to the following week.

Hopefully for Nokia, the time difference in Abu Dhabi will allow the device to be unveiled first.

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