Earlier this week, reporters got their first look and hands-on experience with the long rumored, but previously unconfirmed Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet, a device that will compete head-to-head with the Surface 2 and iPad Air this year. This tablet is Nokia’s first foray into the tablet market and it looks to be a direct competitor to the Microsoft Surface 2 and iPad Air.
Nokia is entering an already crowded tablet market with a device that would seem, at first glance, to be very similar to competing devices and are hoping that some key differentiators will help them stand out. The Lumia 2520 comes loaded with Windows 8.1 RT, a 10.1 inch full HD display and a 2.2GHz snapdragon processor. In addition, they are planning on releasing the tablet with wireless LTE connectivity standard, an unconventional move that they are hoping will help them stand out from the crowd.
One of Nokia’s strengths with devices has always been their design. Similar to the current Lumia line of Windows phones, the device has a hard plastic back and comes in a variety of colors and sports a unibody design. This unique design makes the tablet more eye catching initially, but upon using it, the full HD display is the real star of this device. The display operates at 1920 by 1080 with great colors, viewing angles and brightness. The tablet is also thinner and noticeably lighter than the recently announced Surface 2.
Nokia is also hoping to lure people to their tablet with a variety of announced keyboard covers and accessories that are unique to the Nokia Lumia 2520 and that compete with the Surface 2 and iPad Air. The most prominently featured is a keyboard cover that attaches to the tablet that stands it to a laptop-like viewing angle. This feature also includes a battery that extends the standard 11 hour battery life by an additional five hours. This keyboard cover also includes a trackpad and two usb ports to connect accessories, and folds around the tablet to protect it while travelling with the device. This cover will be sold separately for $149.00.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 is also one of a few tablets running Windows 8.1 RT, a version of Windows that looks like the standard version but with some very serious differences. Windows RT retains the Microsoft Office productivity suite and standard apps, but is not compatible with applications that are designed to run in the classic Windows desktop mode, such as Photoshop or any standard pc games. Games and apps are available from the included Windows store, but selection is still more limited than competitors’ offerings. RT is custom made for tablets which can lead to confusion among consumers making a choice in an already crowded field of devices.
Rounding out the tablet’s specs are 2 cameras, a forward facing 2MP camera and a rear facing 6.7MP camera. Tablets have not typically focused on cameras, but this device will include Nokia’s custom camera software that Windows Phone users are accustomed to using at this point. The Nokia Lumia 2520 is slated to be released by the end of the year with AT&T committing to shipping a version that will work on their network and pricing has been announced to start at $500. With Nokia’s announcement of the Lumia 2520 the company is finally attempting to show they are ready to compete with the Surface 2 and the iPad Air.
Written by: Vanessa Blanchard