Nokia has finally jumped into the tablet bandwagon with their first ever Windows RT tablet, the Nokia Lumia 2520. At a time when most OEMs are ditching the Windows RT platform for highly optimized Haswell based Windows 8 Pro, Nokia has thronged to save the sinking platform by adding a dash of colors and utilizing the Lumia brand name.
Codenamed Sirius, Nokia Lumia 2520 was leaked heavily before it was made official at the Nokia World in Abu Dhabi on 22nd of this month, and hence didn’t surprise most of us. When we actually got our hands on the device after the event, we tried to judge it by what it has to offer, rather than what the other OEMs think of the Windows RT as a tablet platform. Looking that way, the tablet has lot of things going right.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 comes with Windows RT 8.1 out of the box. The 10.1-inch Full HD (1080p) display is gorgeous from the outset. It has a bright 650 nit screen made out of Gorilla Glass 2, and is designed to offer good outdoor and indoor readability. That’s nearly neck-n-neck when compared to Microsoft’s own Surface 2 tablet. But what’s different is the design and build of Lumia 2520. One look and anyone can identify it’s a Nokia product. The typical polycarbonate shell on the back is what we have come to expect on a Lumia device. It comes in red, white (glossy), Cyan, Black (matte) colors, all of which look pretty beautiful.
As for as the performance is concerned, we found the Lumia 2520 tablet to be zippy and fast in most places. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor from Qualcomm clocked at 2.2GHz along with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory – that’s pretty much same as what we saw on the Nokia Lumia 1520 earlier. What’s really impressive is the beefy 8000mAh battery which comes integrated with the tablet, which means it will have a standby of up to 25 days over WiFi and 11 hours of video playback. If you opt to buy a power keyboard accessory (for $149), you’ll get additional 4 hours of battery life. The Power keyboard fits in well and also doubles up as a folio cover for the tablet.
At $499, Nokia is playing safe with the pricing of Lumia 2520. It competes head-on with Surface 2 and the iPad Air, with the design and looks as the main selling point. We expect Nokia to add their software magic in coming months, just like what they’ve done with the Windows Phone 8, but for that to happen, Nokia has to persist with their tablet game for a couple of iterations at least.
Nokia Lumia 2520 Photo Gallery
Deepak Dhingra contributed to this post.