In the excitement over today’s upcoming Apple announcement you could be forgiven for missing that Nokia also today announced a tablet and a phablet – the Lumia 2520 Windows RT Tablet and the Lumia 1520 smartphone.
Lumia 2520 Tablet
The 2520 is the newest device to run the ARM metro only version of Windows, Windows RT and is a direct competitor to Microsoft’s Surface RT. Physically it looks like a much bigger version of a Lumia Windows Phone with a 10.1 inch screen and available in red, white, cyan or black. It has a 1920 x 1080 display and a 2.2 GHz Quadcore Snapdragon 800 and Windows 8.1. As its RT you get Microsoft Office bundled as well.
Microsoft opted for touch and keyboard covers but Nokia is offering a keyboard cover with battery built in and adding two extra USB ports. Total battery time should be 11 hours without it and 16 with it. Storage wise it has 2GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage with an card slot for another 32GB. Its connectivity is impressive – there will not be a wifi only version, only an LTE.
The price is to be $499 in the US (around £309) with the keyboard being an extra $149 (£92). As of yet we don’t have any UK release date other than “this year”.
Lumia 1520 Phablet Windows Phone
Until this point if you are a Windows Phone supporter the largest available phone has been under 5 inches and the trend for phablets in Android has been unobtainable for you. The 1520 aims to please that portion of the market with a giant 1080p 6 inch screen. Its a typical looking Lumia with a shiny polycarbonate body in red, yellow black or white an only .34 inches thick.
It runs on a quadcore Snapdragon and has an included flip cover that looks a lot like Apple’s iPad Smart cover. The built in camera is another strong point – a 20 megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization and PureView for impressive photo taking capacities. It will be available with 32GB of storage and has a microSD card for up to a 64GB expansion slot.
Price is to be $749 in the US (around £460) with availability to be soon in the US and ‘later’ worldwide.
The date for Nokia World in Abu Dhabi was picked several months ago and their announcements went unreported which is a shame – the 2520 in particular looks like an extremely nice tablet but is probably a dead end both because it runs RT and Microsoft will soon subsume Nokia. The 1520 looks like a viable competitor for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 but the availability date of ‘later’ is somewhat worrying.