When Microsoft announced in September 2013 that they were buying Nokia's smartphone division I knew that we could end up seeing some unusual devices, but nothing prepared me for Nokia's latest Lumia "smartphone".
Nokia is getting back into tablets with the launch of the Lumia 2520. This 10" tablet runs Windows RT 8.1 on a Qualcomm SnapDragon 800 processor and is expected to sell for $499.
The Lumia 2520 has a 10.1" IPS display with a capacitive touchscreen and a resolution of 1920×1080. The quad-core SnapDragon 800 processor clocks in at 2.2GHz, and this tablet ships with 2GB RAM, a 32GB SSD, a front-facing 2MP camera, and a rear-facing 6.7MP camera.
In terms of connectivity this tablet has Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC. It's also going to have LTE as an option. Or at least I am assuming LTE is optional; it would make little sense to include expensive chips when you could instead offer a cheaper model.
Nokia is boasting that battery life on the Lumia 2520 is long enough that you can play 10 hours of video. This tablet weighs 615 grams and has an 8Ah battery, so that claim could well be true. And even if you do run the battery down, Engadget is reporting that this tablet has quick charging capabilities that will let its battery go from drained to 50 percent charge in just 40 minutes.
The Lumia 2520 is going to ship with a suite of apps including Flipboard, h Nokia's new Storyteller app, as well as the updated camera app. The Nokia Lumia 2520 will initially be available for sale in the US, UK and Finland with a retail of $499. Based on the product page it looks like both Verizon and AT&T will carry the tablet.
There's going to be a variety of cases and accessories, including the Nokia Power Keyboard case/cover shown above. That is going to cost $149, and if early reports are true it will have a couple USB ports as well asits own battery which will add an extra five hours of battery life.