Nokia debuts its first Windows tablet, the Lumia 2520

22 Oct 2013

Nokia Lumia 2520

The Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi revealed six new devices from the Finnish tech company, including its first-ever Windows tablet.

The Nokia Lumia 2520 is a 10.1-inch tablet running Windows RT 8.1, the new Microsoft operating system introduced on the Surface 2. This updated OS brings a new apps list view, a more customisable start screen, multi-tasking with resizeable panes and the added benefit of built-in Microsoft essentials such as the Office suite of apps.

In terms of design, it very much bears the Lumia family resemblance with a slim and colourful polycarbonate body weighing 615g.

Nokia was pleased to announce the addition of Flipboard to the Windows app repertoire today, as magazine-style apps like this are ideal for tablet-sized devices. The full-HD AHIPS display on the 2520 features a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, capacitive multi-touchscreen and Gorilla Glass 2 for durability. Nokia also claims the widescreen display is as bright as any competitor with less glare for usability in direct sunlight.


Powerful hardware

In terms of connectivity, the Lumia 2520 is ready with in-built Bluetooth and Wi-fi, and a micro-SIM slot for 4G/LTE connectivity. For accessories, you have micro-HDMI and USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, plus a connector at the bottom to attach the Nokia Power Keyboard.

Nokia Lumia 2520 with Power Keyboard

Nokia Lumia 2520 specifications

  • 10.1-inch full-HD AHIPS display (1,920 x 1,080)
  • 267mm x 168mm x 8.9mm, 615g
  • Capacitive multi-touchscreen
  • Gorilla Glass 2
  • Windows RT 8.1
  • 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB storage (micro-SD up to 32GB)
  • 6.7MP f1.9 auto-focus rear camera with Zeiss optics
  • 2MP wide-angle front-facing camera
  • NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE/4G
  • 8,000mAh battery

This chiclet keyboard comes complete with a touchpad, an additional two USB ports and a five-hour battery booster. The cover also wraps tight around the tablet for added protection.

This complements the 8,000mAh battery already built in to the device, which can handle video playback for up to 10 hours non-stop on a single charge. Charging is also made easier with this battery going from flat to 80pc refuelled in just one hour. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor housed inside also helps to limit unecessary power consumption.

Lumia 2520 users will have 2GB RAM and 32GB storage at their disposal, plus a micro-SD slot supporting up to 32GB expansion.

Multimedia apps

Nokia apps preloaded on the Lumia 2520 include Nokia Storyteller, introduced today on the 1520, and Video Director for manipulating video clips, images and audio into home-made movies.

The Nokia Camera app makes use of the device’s 6.7MP camera with manual controls, while a new version of Here Maps brings the offline maps experience to this device.

The Lumia 2520 will be available in red, cyan, white and black in the US, UK and Finland first, spreading to other markets later, at an estimated retail price of US$499.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.