Nokia launches its first tablet, the Windows RT 8.1 Lumia 2520

Lumia 2520 Power KeyboardNokia has announced the Lumia 2520, its first tablet to run Microsoft’s Windows RT 8.1. Launched during Nokia World in Abu Dhabi earlier this week, alongside the Lumia 1320 and Lumia 1520 smartphones, it’s a challenger to Microsoft’s Surface 2 tablet, which coincidentally (or not) was released on the same day.

The tablet has a 10.1-inch display with a 1080p resolution, covered in protective Gorilla Glass 2 to help it resist damage, and Nokia promises it has excellent indoor and outdoor performance, so you’ll be able to read the screen even in sunlight. Outdoor fun is a distinct possibility too, as the Lumia 2520 has 4G LTE connectivity built-in.

Nokia has opted for the quad-core, 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor to power the tablet, and provided 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage space. There’s also  microSD card slot to add another 32GB, plus 7GB of free SkyDrive space in the cloud.

It wouldn’t be a Nokia device without a decent camera, and sure enough, a 6.7-megapixel, Zeiss lensed camera has been fitted to the back. There’s also a 2-megapixel camera above the screen. Other features you’ll find include stereo speakers, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, and a big 8000mAh battery. Nokia has also produced a Power Keyboard accessory, which has another battery inside to extend the tablet’s life by an extra five hours.

The tablet is going to be on sale before the end of the year, but Nokia hasn’t confirmed the exact date yet. The price is also a mystery, but it has been given a $500 price tag in America, which is around £310. Expect it to be a little more than this when it does arrive here.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars