Microsoft might have its Surface 2
tablet to show for Windows RT, but Nokia seems to have just one-upped it with its first contemporary tablet effort, the Lumia 2520
. The slate offers plenty of boutique features, like running Win RT, for example.
We kid, as Nokia really has put a good effort into the slate, tailoring the design to the way people usually hold and use tablets, and giving it something no other slate can boast - the highest tablet screen brightness of 650 nits, coupled with the record sub-6% light reflectance, making it the best slab to use outdoors, even under direct sunlight.
That doesn't exhaust the list of notable feature coming with the $499 Nokia Lumia 2520 on AT&T and Verizon, so check them out in our slideshow below.
Nokia Lumia 2520 - new features roundup
Nokia Lumia 2520 - new features roundup
1. Brightest tablet screen
The Lumia 2520 boasts a 650 nits display with sub-6% light reflectivity. Considering that the brightest tablets and convertibles now barely budge 450 nits, this bodes very well for Nokia's tablet outdoor visibility, even in direct sunlight, which should point much less mirror reflections to your eyes now.
2. LTE connectivity
Microsoft's Surface isn't getting LTE modem until early 2014, but Nokia swoops in to fill that void. The Lumia 2520 allows for up to 150Mbps LTE and 42 Mbps HSPA+ download speeds, if your carrier can supply those, but we also have the boatload of radios - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and even NFC thrown in, so compatibility with Nokia's Near Field communication accessories is guaranteed.
3. 10 hour battery life and fast charging
The tablet is equipped with a huge 8000 mAh battery good for up to 10 hours of video playback, for instance, which was a real advantage of ARM-based slates before Intel's Haswell architecture. Not only does the Lumis 2520 can last you all day long, but it also features fast charging option, letting you juice it up from dead to 80% capacity in just an hour.
4. Thin polycarbonate unibody
The design is typical Nokia Lumia line, with thin polycarbonate housing that will be available in red, cyan, glossy white and mate black colors, and the housing is very compact at 267 x 168 x 8.9 mm with just 615g of weight. Nokia paid special attention at how you hold and the way you typically use tablets, so nothing gets in the way of the user experience.
5. Stereo speakers
The tablet flaunts two stereo speakers, which we have to hear to gauge their quality, but if Nokia's flagship handsets are any indication, they should provide for some rich sound, as far as it is possible on a thin tablet.
6. 6.7 MP Camera with Zeiss lens
On the back, there’s the 6.7 MP camera with ZEISS optics and an f1.9 aperture we know from the Lumia 720, supported by two new apps from Nokia – Storyteller and Video Director, which will help you make the most of the media you capture and create. On the front, a secondary wide-view 2 MP camera allows for video calls.
7. Powerful quad-core Snapdragon 800
A 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 is one of the fastest current mobile chipsets, but Nokia's product manager Paul Bischof adds that "the components, including the punchy Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor were selected for flawless performance from the touch-screen OS, without soaking up the battery. The system is designed to selectively cut down power consumption when it’s not needed”.
8. Tailored apps
Micrsoft throws in Office and Outlook for free with its Windows RT tablets, but Nokia is chipping in, too. The Storyteller pics and video journal app is mashed with the HERE maps suite for the ultimate travel journal, while the Video Director application cuts and sews footage on the convenient Full HD display.
9. Power Keyboard
Nokia has developed an ingenious keyboard cover accessory to the 2520 with two full-size USB ports, too, called Power Keyboard - "a unique wraparound cover that includes a fully functional keypad and gesture trackpad, which also provides five hours of extra battery life".