Nokia Tries Its Hand at Tablets Again, With the Lumia 2520 (Updated With Hands-On)

By Kat Hannaford on at

One of the first advantages Nokia launched into when talking about the 2520 tablet is the "ultra-readability" of the 10.1-inch display when in direct sunlight. With Gorilla Glass 2, it should hopefully prove just as durable, too. Running Windows RT 8.1, it also comes with 4G LTE-connectivity as standard.

Capable of charging 50 per cent of its 8,000mAh battery in just 40 minutes (full battery life is listed at 11 hours), the battery life can be bumped up by five hours with a powered keyboard cover, which will retail for $149 (plus taxes) in the US -- probably just over £100 in the UK. Doubling up as a protective cover with kickstand, with two built-in USB ports. Oh yes.

Camera-wise it has a 6.7MP camera with Zeiss lens (err, remember that you shouldn't be taking photos on a tablet unless you're absolutely desperate) and 2MP forward-facing camera. It also comes with the new Nokia Storyteller app which is a location-tracking photo and video gallery, plus Nokia Video Director which kind of does what it says on the tin. Not to mention integrated HERE Maps, for offline mapping. Meanwhile, the music side hasn't been overlooked, with a new version of Nokia Music and Mix Radio pre-installed. Microsoft Office is also pre-installed.

Running on a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, there's 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, but that can be pushed by another 32GB thanks to the microSD card support (and 7GB extra cloud storage with SkyDrive).

Available in black, white, cyan and red for $499 plus taxes (converts to £310 but obviously expect this to be more), later this quarter in both the US and UK. All in all, a lot more impressive than their 770 tablet of 2005, eh? And Microsoft's Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, which were met with rather dismal reviews from us yesterday (no way helped by their large price tags).

Updated: Weighing in at 615g, it's lighter than the latest iPad, and much lighter than the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, and given the matt finish of the polycarbonate body, it's really nice to hold, too. I'm told the 10.1-inch device is 267 x 168 x 8.9mm, with that thinness being the most noticeable -- I mean, it's no Sony Tablet Z at 6.9mm, but maybe I'm just more accustomed to the heavier-and-slightly-thicker iPad, which has a 9.4mm waist.

While the room was too noisy to test the sound capabilities, there are stereo front-facing speakers, which should be a great match for the crystal clear and bright screen. During the 2520's announcement Nokia showed off some comparison video of the 2520 against the iPad, a Samsung Galaxy tablet and few other rivals, and it was clear which tablet performed the best. Though obviously you need to take these sorts of marketing videos with a dumper truck of salt.

I'm really sold on Nokia's Lumia design, which has remained consistent since the introduction of the first Lumias, the 710 and 800, at the tail-end of 2011. With the Lumia 2520, that design hasn't been compromised.

Nokia Lumia 2520 specs:

Operating System: Windows RT 8.1
Networks: GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz; WCDMA: 850, 900, 1800, 1900, 2100MHz; LTE: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13, 17, 20
Speed: LTE: 150 Mbps DL / 50 Mbps UL
Memory: 2GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, micro SD card support up to 32GB, SkyDrive
cloud storage
Display: 10.1” 1080p full HD (1920×1080) AHIPS Capacitive Multi-Touch Display, Gorilla Glass 2
Processor: 2.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Primary camera: 6.7MP Auto Focus ZEISS optics with f1.9 aperture; FFC: 2MP HD wide-angle
Size & weight: 267 x 168 x 8.9* mm (*volumetric); 615g
Connectivity: NFC, A-GPS+GLONASS, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n, microUSB 3.0, BT 4.0 LE, 3.5mm audio connector
Battery: 8000 mAh
Audio: Stereo front facing speakers