Finnish phone maker Nokia is getting into the tablet space with a 10 inch slate called the Nokia Lumia 2520. It has a full HD display, a speedy quad-core processor, support for 4G LTE wireless networks, and Microsoft’s Windows RT operating system.
Nokia will offer an optional power keyboard, which adds extra battery life and makes typing easier.
All told, the Nokia Lumia 2520 looks like Nokia’s answer to the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet, and it’s not a bad looking answer… which is kind of odd, considering Microsoft is in the process of acquiring Nokia.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 features a 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel, 665-nit display for outdoor visibility, a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage. There’s also a microSD card slot for additional storage space.
There’s a 6.7MP camera on the pack with ZEISS optics, and a 2MP front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens. The Lumia 2520 has stereo front-facing speakers and two USB ports.
The tablet supports 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, A-GPS and GLONASS, and GSM, WCDMA, and LTE networks. It has an 8000mAh battery which the company says is good for up to 10 hours of video playback time. Use the power keyboard and you should get another 5 hours.
Nokia says the tablet supports fast charging, letting you go from zero to 80 percent charged in about 60 minutes.
With the Lumia 2520, Nokia is only the second company to introduce a tablet running Windows RT 8.1. The other is Microsoft. But Nokia’s tablet comes in more color options (red, blue, black, or white), and features built-in cellular connectivity. Yet it sells for the same price as the Microsoft Surface 2. It’s expected to go on sale soon for about $499.
Both of those tablets will have to compete with low-cost tablets featuring Intel Bay Trail processors and the full Windows 8.1 operating system though. Asus, Dell, HP, and others have introduced tablets that sell for about the same price as a Windows RT model, but which feature the ability to run full desktop-style applications, not just “Modern” apps downloaded from the Windows Store.