Today’s tablet market is in dire need of a breath of fresh air (or ten,) especially as far as 10-inchers are concerned, where Apple’s iPads continue to dominate despite last bringing something authentically new and innovative to the table when Steve Jobs was still alive.
Enter Nokia, whose first ever slate effort, the Lumia 2520, has been the star of a genuine rumor bonanza over the past few months, therefore holding very few secrets up its sleeve for today’s official announcement.
With a stupendous 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution (aka Full-HD) screen, sleek and colorful design, as well as explosive quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU beneath the hood, you can’t really say the Lumia 2520 reinvents the wheel, but it won’t get lost in the crowd either.
More so as it can be paired with a neat-looking and uber-functional keyboard folio to squeeze every little drop of productivity out of its pre-loaded Windows RT 8.1. By the by, that’s probably the tab’s main Achilles’ heel, as Microsoft’s RT support remains anemic at best.
And the primary reason I’m afraid we can’t take the Lumia 2520 very seriously in a head-to-head battle against the iPads. Ironically, Nokia’s 10-incher will have its most vital brawl with the Surface 2, which in a matter of months could be technically considered a distant cousin of the newly unveiled fellow.
For what it’s worth, I reckon the Lumia 2520 has what it takes to beat the Surface 2 to the punch, especially if we add 4G LTE, its top-notch 6.7 MP cam, hefty 8,000 mAh battery, 2 GB RAM, NFC, HDMI and $500 price point (LTE included) in the mix. Once again, you’re just short of greatness, Nokia.