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.

Nokia Lumia 2520

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.

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12 replies on “Nokia Lumia 2520 is the company’s first tablet, and it runs Windows RT”

  1. The 1st Nokia tablets date from 2005-2007 : Nokia N770, Nokia N800 and Nokia N810.

  2. An overpriced Windows RT turd for the short bus crowd.
    Who is running poor Nokia now?

  3. Hardware priced out of sync in left field somewhere with an operating system nobody wants.

    I would love to know the thought processes behind these decisions.

  4. “Yet it sells for the same price as the Microsoft Surface Pro”. Where does the Microsoft Surface Pro sell for $499.00?

  5. Nokia makes good hardware but the price is too high (take a look at the competition) and everyone (including developers) is bailing on WindowsRT. Most tablets sold in the US do not have cellular service either. Most customers only use wifi as they do not want to pay for another data plan. Dump RT and the cell radio, add Android and a better price and see Nokia become a player in the tablet market.

    1. The real problem here is the operating system.

      Windows RT is dead. Nobody writes software for it unless Microsoft pays them to do it. Unsustainable.

      And normal Windows software won’t run.

      But Microsoft won’t call it RT anymore, in hopes inexperienced people will inadvertently buy it without realizing they just screwed themselves.

      1. Sorry but let’s not spread any misinformation, while RT is definitely in decline it’s not dead and will continue for at least the next two years even if MS is the only one coming out with new models.

        MS has little choice because they need an ARM solution to hedge their bets on where the mobile market will go.

        Intel will likely succeed in entering the mobile market but there’s still no guarantee they will get market dominance or that large of a market share. While, regardless, market momentum won’t change overnight and that means ARM will still be a dominant factor for a number of years to come and MS has no choice but to deal with that reality in the meantime!

        Besides, so long as Metro apps continue to be developed for Windows 8, and they definitely are because only Metro apps will really work well on tablets, etc. it means by extension that RT will still be supported by developers too!

        And despite everything there are still those who actually like RT… They may only be a small niche market but as long as they don’t go crazy and make millions of units that won’t sell then it could actually be a viable market for awhile.

        Really, if there’s a market for devices like Chromebooks then there can be a market for RT devices too… It doesn’t have to be huge to work out!

    2. Keep in mind that Nokia was still planning to be in the phone market when they designed this product and pricing for devices that will be sold through carriers are typically higher priced than you would fine in other markets.

      Just adding a cellular modem adds a $50 to $100 premium to most devices…

      While premium build tablets also still carry a premium cost… Take the Asus Transformer TF701T with Tegra 4… The 32GB model starts at $369 but offers no cellular modem but that easily shows how adding both the cellular modem and a Windows License can bring about a much higher pricing.

      The performance is also top notch for a mobile device with Snapdragon 800, which easily competes with Bay Trail and even offers a bit better graphical performance… and note that Nokia was also putting many of their own apps and services into this product… making it essentially a gateway product between WP8 and full W8 devices… being able to share files from a WP8 phone, etc.

      Meanwhile, premium Smart Phones easily sell for over $600 without contract…

      While budget products like the Asus Transformer Book T100 may be cheaper at $349 but it’s a lower build quality, lower resolution screen, no rear camera, no cellular modem, etc.

      So, let’s not say the pricing is way off for what it offers when it’s actually pretty good for the target market it’s intended for… It just may not necessarily find a market but that’s a separate issue from whether the pricing is appropriate…

      Really, you’ll pay more for a 32GB iPad and still get less than what this offers!

  6. $499 for an RT tablet? No thanks.
    I just bought an ASUS T100 for much less, with a keyboard and full Windows 8.
    Listen…there’s my doorbell now. That must be UPS with my T100.
    Shove it Nokia…

  7. How do they expect us to buy these things for $500? It has a good look but otherwise why on earth wouldn’t I buy an Asus T100 or Dell Venue pro for $150-$200 cheaper

    1. That’s like asking why do people buy luxury cars when they can just get budget cars?

      Amenities add to the cost and this tablet does offer more than a budget model like the Asus T100 offers… Snapdragon 800 easily provides competitive performance, the GPS capabilities of this tablet are top notch with multiple services and Nokia maps is one of the best GPS services available, it’s fully 4G/LTE ready, etc.

      While the T100 doesn’t offer a rear camera, may lack GPS if Brad is correct, definitely has no cellular modem, only a 720P IPS screen instead of 1080P like this Nokia tablet, and generally lower build quality with a plastic casing…

      Besides, devices like this are usually sold through carriers and those usually ask for premium pricing unless you get something like a contract discount.

      High end Smart Phones easily go over $600 and they have much smaller screens and lower BOM than this tablet.

      It’s target market is just mainly people who already own Nokia WP8 devices and want something that will work with their phone and not need the full Windows desktop experience on the go.

      Though, it’ll be a tougher sell now that Nokia has pretty much sold their phone business to MS and this is likely the first and last tablet they’ll make… but even their niche 3G netbook had a niche market… So it doesn’t rule out this one finding a temporary niche as well…

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