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Lumia 2520 will ship in Q4

Nokia has officially unveiled its first Windows RT tablet: the Lumia 2520. The new tablet features a 10.1-inch full HD resolution IPS display that uses Nokia ClearBlack technology.

The Lumia 2520 runs Windows RT 8.1 and features a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor running at 2.2 GHz. The tablet has a 2MP front camera for “selfies” and a 6.7MP rear camera featuring Zeiss optics. The Lumia 2520 includes 32 GB of integrated storage; that can be expanded using the integrated microSD slot.

The tablet has integrated LTE connectivity and uses a micro SIM. Other connectivity features include a 3.5 mm audio connector, USB 3.0 port, Bluetooth 4.0, integrated Wi-F, and NFC.

Nokia also gave the Lumia 2520 the ability to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight connected devices. The tablet also has integrated A-GPS, A-GLONASS, and a magnetometer.

Lumia 2520 with keyboard case

The tablet gets power from an internal 8000 mAh rechargeable battery. Nokia says that the tablet is good for 25 days of standby time. The Lumia 2520 measures 168 mm long x 267 mm wide x 8.9 mm thick and weighs 615 g.

The Lumia 2520 will be available in glossy red and white or matte cyan and black colors. Nokia expects to ship the tablet starting in Q4 for $499 before taxes and subsidies.

Source: Nokia

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By cknobman on 10/22/2013 10:33:50 AM , Rating: 3
Nokia should expect to sell very few of these at $500 a pop without the keyboard case.

$350 tops for this and would be ideal $400 w/keyboard case.

RE: Price?
By agent2099 on 10/22/13, Rating: -1
RE: Price?
By Mint on 10/22/2013 10:59:51 AM , Rating: 4
I don't know what percentage of tablets sold are LTE equipped, but aren't those way more expensive than this?

A 32 GB iPad with 4G costs $729, if I'm not mistaken, and the Nexus 10 is WiFi only (and still $499 for 32GB).

RE: Price?
By cknobman on 10/22/2013 3:17:00 PM , Rating: 2
You are correct.

So take my prices and consider those on a version without LTE.

RE: Price?
By nafhan on 10/22/2013 3:49:28 PM , Rating: 2
I'm going to agree that the price is great for what you get. HOWEVER, I'm also going to say if they don't release a $400~ Wifi only version, they're probably missing a big part of their potential market.

For me, since I'm already carrying an LTE hotspot/smartphone on me at all times, an LTE equipped tablet provides little value. It does however add $100+ upfront and $10 to my monthly bill.

RE: Price?
By Varun on 10/22/2013 4:14:21 PM , Rating: 2
This is exactly right I already get tethering on my phone, and with Windows Phone + Surface it can make a WiFi hotspot via a Bluetooth connection so I don't even need to get the phone out of my pocket.

I'd rather get the Surface 2.

They need to make a WiFi only one, but on the other hand I doubt LTE costs $130 like Apple charges, so not sure how much they'd be able to get the cost down by removing LTE.

RE: Price?
By nafhan on 10/22/2013 4:30:30 PM , Rating: 2
Good point, the difference in cost to them would probably (like you said) be MUCH less than $100.

They may sell only the LTE version with the expectation that people who don't need LTE on their tablet just won't activate or use it.

RE: Price?
By NellyFromMA on 10/23/2013 1:10:04 PM , Rating: 2
I believe recently there was a study that indicated greater than 3/4s of all iPads sold are WiFi only. To say that's substantial is an understatement. Competitors would do well to make note of that.

RE: Price?
By dgingerich on 10/22/2013 1:49:25 PM , Rating: 2
$499, 32GB of storage, built in LTE. quad core 2.2GHz processor, USB 3.0, and a SD card slot. Yeah, this is worth the $499. It's better than the Surface 2 at the same price point. It's nearly a mini laptop without the keyboard.

I hope it has an optional attaching keyboard/cover like the Surface 2' typecover, although I wouldn't pay MS's price for one. The MS typecover is maybe worth $80, but that touchcover is maybe worth $30.

RE: Price?
By dgingerich on 10/22/2013 2:11:06 PM , Rating: 2
Finally, the pictures are showing up. Now I see there is a typecover like thing.

RE: Price?
By nafhan on 10/22/2013 3:52:32 PM , Rating: 2
I feel like the MS Surface covers are overpriced, but they're nowhere near as ridiculous as the $70 covers Apple is selling for the iPads! "Ooooh magnets!"

RE: Price?
By Samus on 10/22/2013 4:19:53 PM , Rating: 2
I think the price is pretty competitive considering it has LTE. That means it could be $99 (or even free) on a 2 year contract. That alone will sell at least a dozen of them. Maybe even two dozen given enough time.


I look forward to more Windows tablets. Once you get used to Windows 8, it's pretty intuitive. A good mix of webOS gestures and Windows familiarity (office, file sharing/networking, internet explorer, etc) The most exciting thing about this is the camera and NFC, though.

RE: Price?
By NellyFromMA on 10/23/2013 1:11:58 PM , Rating: 2
Now, if only they revised there developer license program to actually allow for open development on the platform. And no, I don't mean the insanely more-complicated-than-necessary enterprise side-loading solution. I mean actual free development on RT for all. If MS could just do this, that would really enable the platform to thrive.

By Mint on 10/22/2013 11:06:11 AM , Rating: 3
32GB + microSD, LTE, 10.1" 1080p, Snapdragon 800, USB 3.0

Are there any tablets which have all that? And even if you ignore USB3.0 or microSD or quickcharging (apparently 50% in 40 minutes), don't competitors charge a lot more for LTE models?

By Mint on 10/22/2013 11:07:48 AM , Rating: 2
(Windows RT is a negative, of course. If Nokia put Baytrail in there it'd be a steal.)

By Visual on 10/23/2013 6:06:44 AM , Rating: 2
There will be enough Bay Trail options around. ARM, while worse in most ways will be an interesting competitor in terms of battery life, and I'd still want to buy one for the lolz and to finally try out developing for it. It's also a good exercise in multiplatformity for MS, so I do not want to see it shut down yet. But they definitely need to fix their mess from the first round and price it where it belongs, below the Atom competitors this time around.

By NellyFromMA on 10/23/2013 1:15:05 PM , Rating: 2
RT isn't a throw away effort by any means. It's relevancy, however, is hampered by MS developer license program. No one wants to pay a premium to develop software for a platform with market share perceived by many as negligible. Android really exploded because it was an open platform and there was no other mobile option for that. That's basically it.

By Visual on 10/23/2013 4:09:07 PM , Rating: 2
Back when I first heard about RT having Powershell, I thought it had huge potential, it could easily win indie and homebrew developers. Yes, powershell is more usual for scripting administrative tasks and such, but that's not due to any limitations in it. It has full access to most .net classes and can easily do anything a real .net app can, including fancy GUIs with WinForms or WPF APIs.
Well, turns out the RT version has most of those capabilities artificially restricted.
And it was not just PowerShell that was neutered, HTA apps or Windows Scripting Host was as well.
I imagine MS cut all other alternatives of its new "metro" html+javascript platform on purpose. But combined with the insane restrictions on that new platform, that completely killed RT's potential.
I'm still hoping MS will come to its senses though, or failing that people will just learn how to hack around their stupid restrictions. That's why I'd still buy one if it's sensibly priced.

By nafhan on 10/22/2013 4:45:28 PM , Rating: 2
Are there any tablets which have all that?
Kindle Fire HDX. Screen res. advantage to the HDX. Pricing options: advantage to the HDX (i.e. No LTE + 16GB for $380). I'd consider the OS's on both devices to be equally disadvantageous.

By mchentz on 10/22/2013 11:20:25 AM , Rating: 3
I know I would be interested especially if they offered a version that did not have LTE.

RE: Tablet
By mchentz on 10/22/2013 11:24:18 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder how much the Keyboard case will be. $100 would suck and possibly be a deal breaker for me. I expect $50 for a total of $549.00. Again it would be great if there was a non LTE version with keyboard that was $499 but thats a pipedream I suspect.

RE: Tablet
By Doh! on 10/22/2013 12:30:41 PM , Rating: 2
The keyboard with battery will cost $149.99. The extra battery will give you additional 2 hrs.

RE: Tablet
By Spuke on 10/22/2013 2:45:00 PM , Rating: 2
Is there going to Win8.1 version of this?

Why do tablets have rear facing cameras?
By troysavary on 10/22/2013 3:54:46 PM , Rating: 2
Who takes pics with a tablet? Put the higher quality camera on the front, where it is useful. Give us a nicer cam for video conferencing and drop the rear cam completely.

By kyuuketsuki on 10/22/2013 4:59:08 PM , Rating: 2
I mostly agree, although one use case for tablet cameras could be for "scanning" documents.

However, you don't need a good camera for that. Rear facing cameras have become a checkmark on spec sheets for some unknown reason, despite the fact that almost nobody uses them.

With Windows RT 8.1...
By MrBungle123 on 10/22/2013 5:19:24 PM , Rating: 3
They are literally going to sell tens of these things!

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