Nokia’s Nokia World event has come and gone, bringing with it several product announcements for the Asha lineup of products, two new 6-inch Lumia handsets in the form of the 1520 and 1320 and then the big one: Nokia’s first 10.1-inch tablet – the Lumia 2520. Most of the announcements were not completely unexpected but we’ve been afforded a closer look at Nokia’s first tablet at last.
The Lumia 2520 features a 10.1-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 display seated inside a shell that looks like a Windows Phone handset writ large and dropped on its side. At its core is a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor running Windows RT 8.1. Basically Nokia’s Lumia tablet is a relative of the Surface 2 tablet from Microsoft.
Carrying on the Surface comparison is the announcement of a Nokia Power Keyboard which which the company says will add an extra five hours of battery life in addition to two extra USB ports to the Lumia 2520. Shades of Microsoft’s Power Cover there.
There are a couple of other additions, including LTE and WiFi connectivity. Nokia is touting the 6.7 megapixel camera set into the device as well, calling the Zeiss Optics camera a first for tablets. There is a range of software set to be preinstalled, including Microsoft Office and Outlook, as well as a few new features from Nokia like Nokia Storyteller – an app for displaying photographs as a story on a map, apparently.
The US pricing has been made available for the moment, the Lumia 2520 is expected to ship before the end of the year and will cost $499 before tax (R4,950). The Power Cover will cost $149 (R1,470). Local pricing and availability will be revealed later, according to Nokia’s local representatives.