Nokia Lumia 2520 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet to challenge Microsoft Surface 2

Nokia announced its very first tablet at Nokia World. The Lumia 2520 brings a 10.1-inch 1080p Full HD display, a powerful quad-core processor, and Windows RT 8.1 to the table.

Nokia announced two very important devices at its Nokia World conference. The company launched its first Windows Phone phablet with the 6-inch Lumia 1520. The handset will allow Nokia and Windows Phone to compete with rivals such as Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 and HTC's upcoming HTC One Max. The Lumia 1520 doesn't have any competitors when it comes to Windows Phone phablets, however, since Samsung, HTC, and other WP 8 licensees have released comparable devices running on Android. The same can't be said for the other piece of hardware Nokia announced, the Lumia 2520 tablet.

Just because it's a Lumia device don't think you're going to find Windows Phone running on the 10.1-inch tablet. Nokia's first Windows tablet runs Windows RT 8.1, the latest version of Microsoft's watered-down OS. Windows RT 8.1 is Microsoft's second attempt at creating a touch-optimized and mobile version of its Windows desktop operating system. In fact, it's the same OS that is powering Microsoft's just-released Surface 2. In a strange twist, the Lumia 2520 will likely be competing more with Microsoft's Surface 2 than iPads and Android tablets, which is intriguing considering that Microsoft basically bought Nokia. The Lumia 2520 and Surface 2 share the same Windows RT 8.1 OS, a very similar design and similar price points.

The Nokia Lumia 2520 features a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD ClearBlack IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 219 pixels per inch (ppi). The tablet runs Windows RT 8.1, is powered by a quad-core 2.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and 2 GB of RAM. It includes 32GB of internal storage and a microSD expansion slot that will support up to 32GB of additional memory.

Its camera capabilities include a 6.7-megapixel rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics, digital 4x zoom and auto focus, as well as a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. Users will also find a USB 3.0 port, 4G LTE radio, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and non-removable 8,000 mAh battery.

The Nokia Lumia 2520 will be available in the coming weeks and will be available in choice of red or black for Verizon and black for AT&T. It will be interesting to see which Windows RT 8.1 tablet will be more successful, the Nokia Lumia 2520 or the Microsoft Surface 2.

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