This has been a year full of believers and non-believers in a Nokia that would ever build a tablet. The world has been full of rumors, but it took the company so long to actually make those rumors true, that even some of the believers began losing faith, and specially when the words “Windows RT” were included in the mix. Still, the product is now a reality, and we can’t wait to give it a try.
As expected, the Lumia 2520 looks like a bloated Lumia smartphone, though it packs a 10-inch 1080p display that boasts brightness at an impressive 650 nits under Gorilla Glass 2. It’s packing LTE connectivity, a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, a 6.7 megapixel rear camera with Zeiss optics along with a 2 megapixel front-facing camera as well. It has an 8,000 mAh battery , a mini USB 3.0 connector for fast data transfers, and it does include Qualcomm’s QuickCharge technology, though you’ll need a proprietary plug for that.
Now even more interesting is the price tag, since with LTE included, this tablet will retail for $499 unsubsidized, which is already dramatically better than competing 10-inch tablets, though AT&T has also confirmed that it will be carrying a subsidized model. You can get it in a glossy red and white option, or stir for the more conventional matte paintjob of the cyan and black models, which I’m sure most will prefer.
Other interesting things are a Nokia Power Keyboard accessory which will retail for $149, and which promises an extra 5 hours of battery along with two extra USB ports. In the software front, yes we have Windows RT, but there are custom Nokia apps and even Flipboard included.
Stay tuned for more coverage, and our full review soon.