Lumia 2520: Nokia’s First Tablet
For the first time ever, Nokia finally joined the tablet market with their latest player on the market – the Lumia 2520. Unlike the wide array of tablet devices running Android, the latest gadget runs with a full-fledge version of Windows 8.1 RT, Microsoft’s solution for entry-level computing. Under the hood, it packs some innovative features and unprecedented specs, like a high-definition rear camera, the latest mobile processor, and a robust battery life. Plus, it’s also equipped with a full phone functionality.
Before proceeding with the specifications, it is interesting to know that the gadget offers a full phone functionality via GSM networks. Its Micro-SIM card slot will work with global network bands around the world. Moreover, it packs a 4G LTE chip, an innovative feature that will let you enjoy an ultra-fast mobile internet connectivity. It will support over 100Mbps of download bandwidth or up to five times faster than 3G, as reported by O2 news.
Colorful And Sleek Design
Just like the other Lumia handsets, the 2520 features a colorful and glossy polycarbonate material for its real shell. It is available in black, white, red, and cyan. For its front plate, the gadget features a minimalist design with only one physical button – the Windows start screen launcher.
If you want a direct comparison with Nokia’s flagship handset, just imagine a rounded Lumia 1020 and then increase it in size to 10.51-inch. The tablet also gives you a comfortable grip for it features an ultra slim profile of only 8.9-mm. It’s only a millimeter thicker than the standard size of a pencil. Using the device is a joy, for it offers an experience similar to a notebook computer.
Great news for multi-media users, Nokia has opted for a 10.1-inch display with an IPS LCD technology. It comes with 1080 x 1920 pixels of resolution or 218 ppi density. It isn’t 1080p high-definition panel, but this configuration won’t give you any visible pixilation. Plus, Nokia’s ClearBack display is also integrated with its touch screen so you’ll be able to get a more accurate color vibrancy and deep blacks. The viewing panel is also sturdy, since it’s protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology.
The gadget runs the latest mobile chipset from Qualcomm – the Snapdragon 800 processing unit. It’s a quad-core configuration, clocked at a speed of 2.2 GHz. This processor is the same as the ones powering the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2. The CPU is backed by 2 GB of on-board RAM as well. For the internal storage, it has a spacious 32 GB of hard disk space, which is expandable for another 32 GB via a microSD card slot.
Apart from the robust hardware, its defining feature is actually the battery life. It packs a robust 8000 mAh non-removable juice, which delivers 11 hours of continuous usage and 600 hours of standby time.
Windows 8.1 RT
Just like the newly released Microsoft Surface RT 2, the 2520 runs the RT version of Windows 8.1. It’s not the pro version of the flagship PC operating system, so it won’t allow the installation of x86 or 32-bit computer programs. You can only use the applications that were specifically designed for the system, available from the Windows Store. But, despite this limitation, the gadget comes pre-installed with the full version of Microsoft Office 2013 suite and a built-in SkyDrive and Skype services. You can also enjoy customizing your start screen with a bunch of interchangeable Live Tiles.
The Finnish company is also bold enough to include a powerful mobile camera for a tablet device. It may not have their best-selling PureView imaging solution, but it comes with a 6.7-megapixel snapper with Carl Zeiss Optics and Optical Image Stabilization. It also shoots 1080p HD movie clips. For the front-facing web camera, you’ll get a 2-megapixel HD camera which also shoots 720p HD video.
While the Surface tablet has its propriety Touch and Type Covers, Nokia designed a Power Keyboard for the Lumia device. This peripheral includes a full qwerty keyboard with F1-12 controls, a trackpad with left and right click functions, and 2 USB ports for mouse and flash drives. And the best part is, it gives the tablet five hours of battery boost.
The gadget is definitely promising. It features an impressive specification sheet and built-in functionalities such as 4G LTE, HD camera, and robust juice. However, if there’s one thing we’re critical about the Lumia 2520, it’s the inclusion of the RT version and not the Pro edition of Windows 8. With a price tag of $499, do you think it’s a worthy alternative to the iPad?
About the author – Nadia Hyeong is an online correspondent for Techiedoodlers.com. She is often found writing about smartphones, apps, gigs and games. Her other passions include traveling and she also maintains a passion for alternative music. Follow her on Twitter (@NadiaHyeong) and Google+(google.com/+NadiaHyeong).