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Nokia pits Lumia 2520 tablet up against the Surface 2; throws in a couple of new phablets too

by Doug Drinkwater

October 22 2013

Nokia's outgoing CEO Stephen Elop unveils the new Lumia 2520 tablet
Nokia's outgoing CEO Stephen Elop unveils the new Lumia 2520 tablet

Nokia unveiled its first ever tablet today, and it looks like it could end up competing with Microsoft's latest Surface tablets.

The company’s outgoing CEO Stephen Elop announced the tablet at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi, where he also took the wraps off the new Lumia 1520 and 1320 phablets and latest Asha feature phones.

Lumia 2520 packs great specs and keyboard cover

On the subject of tablets, Elop bristled with confidence.

“We can go even larger…and we are,” said Elop. “The innovations we’ve made with smartphones we are bringing to the tablet market. I’d like to introduce the Lumia 2520.”

As rumored prior to the announcement, the Windows RT 8.1 tablet looks like a direct competitor for Microsoft’s new Surface 2 tablet. It offers a sharp 10.1-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display (which has low reflectance, making it good for outdoor reading), the 2.2 Qualcomm 800 CPU, 32GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM and LTE connectivity. It also has a 6.7MP camera on the rear, and a 2MP snapper on the front.

The tablet – which was announced on the same day as Microsoft released the Surface 2 tablets -- is thinner at the edges to make it easier hold, while the display is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 2. As a further boon to prospective enterprise buyers, the tablet can come with an optional ‘Power Keyboard’ which folds over the tablet to give five hours of extra battery life.

Elop – who has been criticized by Finnish media for selling the company's phone business to Microsoft – was especially bold on the future of the Lumia 2520 and believes that the Windows RT device could change how people use tablets.

“If you look at people use tablets, it’s all about games, consuming content and reading the internet. Tablet usage peaks in the morning and from 6-9 in the evening, but we want to change that. [The Lumia 2520] is also designed to get out of the house and operators respond really well – 80% of tablets are WiFi only”.

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New Windows Phone phablets & important app news too

The tablet wasn’t the only big news at the Nokia launch event with the Finnish firm also unveiling two new phablets, new Asha feature phones and announcing some important app news for Windows Phone and Windows 8.

The firm’s two new phablets go by the name of the Lumia 1320 and 1520, both of which run Windows Phone. The latter is slightly more powerful, offering a quad-core processor, 1080p screen and 20MP PureView camera. It is also made of polycarbonate.

Both come with some notable new apps; Storyful is a slick application for arranging and viewing photos and videos, Video Maker is for editing videos, Beamer is geared up for sharing screenshots and Nokia Camera has an array of photo settings and editing options.

But they weren’t the only significant apps on show here; Nokia also announced that Vine and Instagram are finally coming to Windows Phone and confirmed earlier reports that Flipboard will arrive on Windows 8.

In terms of availability, the Lumia 1320 will be heading to emerging markets for $339 and will be available in yellow, orange, black and white, while the more powerful Lumia 1520 – in colors of Red, yellow, white and black – is to debut at $749 in the U.S later this year. As expected, the Lumia 2520 tablet will ship in Q4 for $499. The Power Keyboard will cost an additional $149.

(Worth reading: Why Microsoft and Nokia are walking the plank with Windows RT tablets)

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Doug Drinkwater is the International Editor of TabTimes and is based in London, England.
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