Nokia Lumia 2520 specs comparison vs Apple iPad vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Nokia Lumia 2520 specs comparison vs Apple iPad vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Nokia has revealed its first tablet, the 10-inch Lumia 2520, and it is the colorful pillow-shaped device that you’d expect from Nokia. It runs on Windows 8.1 RT and comes at a price of $500. The latter puts it in direct battle against the best of the largest tablets: the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Does it have the hardware guts to beat that competition?

Good news is that the Lumia 2520 has both the vibrant screen and powerful chip to at least be on par with the competition. It features the brightest ever display on a tablet, a 10.1” 1080 x 1920 pixel screen with very low reflectance and a whopping 650 nits of brightness. In simpler terms, it’s a great display for use in all conditions, but it stands out particularly under the sun where you can actually read text on your tablet.

Under the hood, the Lumia 2520 comes with the latest Snapdragon 800 quad-core system chip with Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM, a very powerful combo. And on its back, the tablet features an ambitious 6.7-megapixel camera with a Zeiss lens and wide f/1.9 aperture.

Add to this blazing fast cellular data speeds with 4G LTE connectivity on board, and support for expandable memory, and you arrive at an interesting combination running the latest Windows 8.1 RT. Take a look at how it fares against its direct rivals below.

Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Apple iPad 4 vs Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

Display

Display size

10.1 inches
9.7 inches
10.1 inches

Resolution

1920 x 1080 pixels
2048 x 1536 pixels
2560 x 1600 pixels

Pixel density

218 ppi
264 ppi
299 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
Super Clear LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

62.74 %
65.03 %
70.97 %

Colors

16 777 216
16 777 216
16 777 216

Peak brightness

665 cd/m2 (nit)
 
 

Camera

Rear

Yes
Yes
Yes

Main camera

6.7 megapixels
5 megapixels
8 megapixels

Hardware Features

Autofocus, CMOS image sensor
Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.4"
Aperture size: F2.4
 

Flash

 
 
LED

Software Features

Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Exposure compensation, White balance presets
Face detection, Touch to focus, Geo tagging
Face detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Self-timer, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Panorama, Scenes

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Recording format

H.264
 
 

Features

Video calling
Digital image stabilization
 

Front

2 megapixels
1.2 megapixels
2 megapixels

Video capture

1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
1280x720 (HD)
 

Design

Dimensions

10.51 x 6.61 x 0.35 inches (267 x 168 x 8.9 mm)
9.50 x 7.31 x 0.37 inches (241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm)
9.57 x 6.75 x 0.31 inches (243.1 x 171.4 x 7.9 mm)

Weight

21.69 oz (615 g)
the average is 22.7 oz (649 g)
23.35 oz (662 g)
the average is 22.7 oz (649 g)
19.29 oz (547 g)
the average is 22.7 oz (649 g)

Features

 
 
Stylus

Phone functionality

 
 
Yes

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Apple A6X
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974

Processor

Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400
Dual-core, 1400 MHz
Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400

GPU

Adreno 330
PowerVR SGX554
Adreno 330

RAM

2 GB LPDDR3
1 GB
3 GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

32 GB
128 GB
16 GB

Storage expansion

 
 
 

Slot Type

microSD, microSDHC
 
microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

OS

Windows (RT 8.1)
iOS (10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x, 6.1, 6)
Android (4.4.2, 4.3), Samsung TouchWiz UI

Battery

Capacity

8000 mAh
 
8220 mAh

Stand-by time

25.0 days (600 hours)
the average is 23 days (559 h)
 
 

Talk time (3G)

 
 
43.00 hours
the average is 51 h (3060 min)

Music playback

 
 
217.00 hours

Video playback

30.00 hours
 
11.00 hours

Cellular

LTE (FDD)

Bands 20, 3, 7
Bands 4, 17
Bands 18, 5, 8, 3, 1, 7

UMTS

850, 900, 1800, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz

GSM

850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

Data

LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
LTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, UMTS
LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS

Multimedia

Screen mirroring

DLNA, TV-out
TV-out
DLNA, MHL

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 499
$ 799
 


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32 Comments

1. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

they forgot to mention Xperia Tablet Z, the latest and the still the best for 2013

3. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

And the winner of best tablet of year award from EISA.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's old news. What they have up there is fine in my book. Note 10.1 is Android's flagship, iPad 4 is currently Apple's (8 more hours!) and now and 2520 is RT's.

18. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Here Samsung Galaxy Note 2014 edition wins.. !

2. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

HA!!! Love the fact the Nokia has mid-range (better than the ipad) specs but has the lowest price of the 3

4. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Mid-range? I don't think the Snapdragon 800 is midrange. And if you're talking about the screen, I think that 2560 x 1600 on a 10" screen is a bit excessive and battery draining.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Once you use a high resolution screen, you'll never say that again.

16. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

I don't want my eyes to bleed!

19. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Using always Higher resolution is good for eyes !

20. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 2014 edition is best TABLET in the world !

13. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I class the Snapdragon 800 as par and wont accept anything less. As for screen specs, ive been spoilt by my Nexus 10, hence why 218 PPI seems low to me

5. SingDaFire

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

Just love it nokia.. Look at the pics... IPad looks so outdated lol

14. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

only looks?

21. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

IPad sucks!

31. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

dude you're trolling hard

6. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Hmmm, I have no idea which tablet I prefer: Nokia: Great design, but (for the moment) crippled OS. Apple: Pretty good design (albeit boring), again crippled OS. Samsung: Poor design, great specs, great OS ruined by Samsung's laggy skin.

9. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Sony: Great Design, Ok Specs, Great Build Quality, Poor Battery

15. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

HTC: Terrible, because they have yet to put out a tablet in the last 3 years.

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Have you used the Note 10.1 in person? Touchwiz makes the experience 10x better than any other tablet. Give credit where credit is due.

24. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

if you read reviews (e.g. on androidpolice.com), they state that the Note 10.1 is indeed laggy.

30. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Reviews aren't the same as real life performance...

22. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

No mhaaan its not laggy !! Samsung 2014 edition is best !! I love the design!!!! really its not laggy.. note 3 does not lag so it will not lag !

25. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Note 3 has 1080p, Note 10.1 has quadruple the number of pixels.

7. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

"It runs on Windows 8.1 RT and comes at a price of $500" Is it really worth that much? :P #JustKidding

8. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Nokia for me !!!

17. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

If only Nokia had loaded this with Windows 8.1 instead of RT, they would have struggled to keep up with the demand. RT will put off a lot of potential buyers.

23. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

i like this tablet .most of the stuff i do is Internet based any how i could use it as my fun and games Tablet and use it to make a serious doument if i want to because folks it comes preloaded with Microsoft Office home and student plus also comes with MS "outlook" that's not a bad deal however the Surface 2 it's cousin is 50 dollars cheaper. folks if Microsoft put an atom processor in the plastic case of the nokia 2520 so it could run windows 8.1 and sells it for 375 to 400 dollars Man OH Man Microsoft would make lots of cash selling them. but the Question is where is the Aluminum case Nokia windows 8.1 tablet that was mentioned being tested some months back. What's up Nokia!

26. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

i'm getting the nokia 2520 it's convenient for me i hope the rt ecosystem grows though :/

27. dk2050

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

I use to think windows RT didnt make sense either until I saw Rt as simple and easy to use Chromebook competitor with much more versatility. ttp://betanews.com/2013/10/08/5-reasons-surface-ta​blets-blow-away-ipads-for-a-mobile-business-workfo​rce/

32. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

great point actually

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