Today’s Nokia event has revealed to us a grand total of 6 products. Firstly, we have Nokia’s first Windows RT tablet, the Lumia 2520. Then there are two huge 6 inch phones running WP, the Lumia 1520, and its lesser brother, the Lumia 1320. There are also updates to the Asha lineup, namely the Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503.
In this post, we will be covering the Nokia Lumia 2520.
The Lumia 2520 runs on Windows 8.1 RT out of the box, so for those of you who don’t want an RT device, this is not for you. It has a 1080p Full HD 10.1 inch Gorilla Glass 2 display, with reportedly good colours and viewing angles, and also sporting Nokia’s ClearBlack Display filter, which promises to cut down on glare when you’re outside. Unlike the Surface RT or Surface 2 (or any of the other Surfaces for that matter), the Lumia 2520 also supports LTE connectivity, cementing its position as a device you can take anywhere.
An interesting thing to note, is that the Lumia 2520 is the only one of two devices shipping with Windows 8.1 RT, the other being the Surface 2. And with Microsoft soon to be purchasing Nokia’s devices devision, this would make for an interesting battle, since the 2520, as you will see, is a direct Surface 2 competitor in more ways than one.
It comes in four colours, two glossy and two matte. There is glossy white, glossy red, and matte black and matte cyan. My personal opinion, (and I haven’t seen it physically yet, so my opinion matters little) is that the glossy colours would cause a lot of fingerprint smudges and whatnot, and would look too shiny and possibly even cheap (the iPhone 5c doesn’t look cheap though, so this may be a moot point), whereas the matte colours look classier. If I were to get one I would likely choose the matte cyan.
There’s a 6.7-megapixel main camera and 2-megapixel HD front-facing camera for Skype calls, which is rather decent, but not mindblowing.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 has a Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.2GHz, and 2GB of RAM, which is more than enough for videos and occasional games, work, and web browsing. In fact, the Nexus 5 is rumoured to have a Snapdragon 800 processor, and the Sony Xperia Z1 has the exact same processor too, and both models are highly powerful (at least, the Xperia Z1 is, and the Nexus 5 should be).
The Nokia Lumia 2520 has an 8000mAh battery, which Nokia claims is able to power the device for up to 11 hours, which is quite a good number should it be true, and with the addition of the power cover (which doubles as a keyboard), can have a total of 16 hours battery life.
Instead of Micro-USB, it uses a proprietary charger which will quickly power up your battery if you’re in a rush. With it, you can get a 50 percent charge in 30 minutes, and up to 80 percent in an hour. That’s pretty impressive, considering that within an hour of charging, you can get at least 8 hours of use out of the tablet, and within just 30 minutes, you get 5.5 hours. If you ever wake up one day and realize your tablet is out of battery, in the time it takes for you to get ready for work, you can get 5.5 hours of battery life, which has been quite a good laptop standard for many years. Add in the 5 hours of battery life promised by the power cover, and you can last for almost a day.
It also has a HDMI and a micro-USB 3.0 port (you need a converter for this), and the power cover can also add 2 more full-sized USB 3.0 ports.
Now on to the keyboard cover. The keyboard cover has a full touch pad and stand for USD$150. It looks a little bit like Microsoft’s Type Cover for the Surfaces, but the keyboard seems to be bigger and more full-sized, and it’s definitely more clunky as can be seen in the picture. These are proper keys unlike the Touch cover, and the cover even boosts your battery by 5 hours, and gives you 2 USB 3.0 ports, which is quite necessary considering that Nokia had only one micro-USB 3.0 port on the actual device itself.
There we have it, Nokia’s first (and probably last) tablet. Do you guys like it? I think it’s pretty good, and at least pushes Microsoft to create better tablets. It’s a good first attempt at creating a tablet, and you gotta hand it to Nokia, it’s done a pretty fine job. What do you think?
If you would like to read about the Nokia Lumia 1320 and 1520, you can do so here.