The Nokia Lumia 2520 is the firm’s first tablet, and it will be running the Windows 8.1 RT platform. The tablet will instantly strike as a familiar face to those who’ve used Nokia’s Lumia phones in the past. Indeed, it is a large slab of that lovable polycarbonate available in the usual vibrant color schemes that the Lumia range has become so famous for. It looks great and feels solid, but has Nokia limited the appeal by ‘blessing’ it with Windows 8.1 RT?
The Nokia Lumia 2520 sports a conventional 10.1 inch form factor, and comes with its own ClearBlack display technology. The display panel has a full HD resolution, and we have to say this has to be one of the nicest tablet displays out there. Nokia’s also saying something about the display being only 5 percent reflective, that is, it will be perfectly viewable both indoors and outdoors. We would’ve liked something completely bonkers here, as the new Google Nexus 7 offers a full HD panel at a drastically lower price point.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 comes with a blazing Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz. The processor is complemented by 2 gigabytes of RAM and we have no doubt that this thing will make Windows 8.1 RT fly. The only way they could’ve made it faster was by putting in an Intel Core processor, so the 2520 has the hardware covered very nicely.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 comes with a micro-SIM card slot, so you’ll be able to place calls, send texts and enjoy mobile data on it. There’s also a 6.7 megapixel camera at the rear, indeed it’s the same module featured in the Lumia 720. The important bit about this tablet is of course Windows 8.1 RT, which we think is a huge gamble on Nokia’s part.
The OS was universally panned by critics for not having proper app support and for cutting too much corners from the regular version of Windows. So it will definitely be interesting to see if the 8.1 update has solved those issues. If not, the 2520, at $499, is up against the likes of the newly announced iPad Air, a thoroughly formidable opponent.