Display Mate rates the screen on the Nokia Lumia 2520 above the display on the Microsoft Surface 2

Display Mate rates the screen on the Nokia Lumia 2520 above the display on the Microsoft Surface 2
Display Mate recently ran a head-to-head comparison of the screens on the Nokia Lumia 2520 and the Microsoft Surface 2. The latter tablet has moved up to an FHD display of 1920 x 1080 from the OG version's resolution of 1366 x 768. That matches the resolution on the Nokia Lumia 2520, although it should be noted that the screen on Nokia's model is 10.1 inches vs. the 10.6 inch panel on the Microsoft slate.

Display Mate was impressed with the brightness of the screen on the Nokia Lumia 2520. The slate produced the highest number of nits that Display Mate ever found on a mobile device at 684 nits. That reading was 74% higher than the 394 nits scored by the Surface 2. The color gamut, which measures the range of colors available on the tablets, was again in favor of the Lumia 2520. While the Nokia slab finished with a score of 75%, 20% above the Microsoft tablet, it is below the 100% scored by many of today's top tablets. While both tablets have good viewing angles, the Microsoft Surface 2 had poor color accuracy according to the testing.

The final grade given to the display on the Microsoft Surface 2 was a "B". The comments cited the small color gamut on the screen, but still called it a "good display". The Nokia Lumia 2520 display was graded "A-" and was praised for being very bright with high ambient brightness, although it too was flagged for having a low color gamut. Overall, Display Mate calls it a "Very good display."

Soon, Microsoft will close on its purchase of Nokia's Devices and Services, and perhaps the gang in Redmond will leave the screen design for the Surface 3 to the newcomers from Finland.

source: DisplayMate via BGR

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Lumia 2520
  • Display 10.1 inches
    1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 6.7 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 8000 mAh
  • OS Windows RT 8.1
Surface 2
  • Display 10.6 inches
    1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    3.5 MP front
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra 4, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • OS Windows RT 8.1



13. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

folks it looks like Nokia did to the Windows RT tablets what it did for Windows smart phones when it introduced the Nokia Lumia 920. Nokia made a product that made the Public look at Windows smart phones as a smart phone worth buying and people went and bought them and love what they purchased. I hope Microsoft big wigs are smart and keepit in production and get the Apps makers to make GOOD QUALITY App for it. now if the MS surface 2 gets the Nokia Screen tech and uses it wow the Surface 2 will get better too. Folks Microsoft's Smartphones and tablets can be made to use all the high tech components that are out there today but what Microsoft needs now is more software features for it smartphones and Tablets. the coming Windows phone 8 upgrade to Windows phone 8.1 will bring some sft ware improvements and new features.

12. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Where's the outdoor visibility testing?

9. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Anyone who pick another tablet over the 2520 is crazy and I only say that cause I tried all.....2520 is smooth and fast and looks beautiful I go days without charging they were not lying about Th great battery life and fast charging

11. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

yes it is!!!!! i got mine last week monday and it was about 4 days before I had to charge it. cant wait for my free keyboard im drooling already

7. blkjack

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

Did anyone catch the Verizon Christmas commercial for the Nokia 2520 during Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? They definitely made a point to talk about how great the screen is.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Hmm. I'm starting to question the advantage of S2 over the 2520 now.

2. LordCaedus

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

I am liking this tablet more and more. Now, if only they would release it in Cyan I would go out and buy one.

10. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I think, if im not mistaken white and cyan are exclusive to some store in europe. I remember seeing a few ads with red, black, white, and cyan and found something saying white and cyan are exclusive

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Nokia Lumia 2520 >>> Microsoft Surface 2

3. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

As one who owns both: I Couldn't Agree More. My Lumia 2520 is quickly turning out to be the single best larger tablet I've yet owned, and I've owned dozens. The vibrancy, brightness, outdoor visibility and color reproduction surpass ANY tablet I've purchased this year e.g. Surface 2, iPad Air, iPad Mini-R, among others. Once people come to their senses and realize that Windows RT/Modern UI is far more efficient, well-optimized and useful on tablet devices less than 11 inches, tablets like the Lumia 2520 will finally get the respect/market adoption they deserve and the app catalog/developer market will explode. Excellent Work Nokia... now bring out that 8 inch (Lumia 2020) version already.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You actually bought: 1) iPad Air 2) iPad Mini w/ Retina 3) Surface 2 4) Possibly more? Donate some money over here!

6. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I've lightened up to Windows RT a little. Even if it is sort of a crippled version of Windows 8, it's still more productive than any other mobile tablet OS out there, the app selection is really all it's missing.

15. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

While I dont have a problem with ths 2520 which I myself have, the main issues is one of the apps CBS which worked on the Surface 2, just doesnt work on the 2520, when I try to play videos it gives me an error and crashes, and between other things, I use other videos through the browser and then some wont play in full screen, while it tries to place it on full screen ,the video just gets placed on a corner and the rest black background, and yes I tried to play it on my normal pc and there are no problems, so I know is an issue from the tablet itself.

8. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

That's what Nokia is famous for >>>>>>>>Quality.

14. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

No more once it becomes M$ property, pending tax dispute with Indian authorities who have frozen all immovable assets of Nokia in India.

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