Nokia says its first tablet is designed to be truly mobile
Nokia has shown off its first tablet, the 10.1-inch Windows RT-powered Nokia Lumia 2520, at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi and has stated its intent of making tablets which are “more mobile”.
Described as a “true child of Nokia’s mobile heritage,” Nokia claims the Lumia 2520’s productivity and connectivity features will allow the tablet to be used throughout the day, not just at peak times.
“This is Nokia’s first tablet and a natural extension to the Lumia family,” said outgoing Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who claimed tablets were mostly used in the morning and evening. “We are looking to shift this traditional trend.”
Nokia Lumia 2520
Nokia says the 2.2 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and other components were selected to get the most out of the operating system without draining the battery, which lasts for ten hours and can be charged from zero to 80 percent within an hour. In addition, the Lumia 2520 has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage which can be expanded by another 32GB through the MicroSD card slot.
LTE connectivity is also on board, something with Elop says has pleased operators, who sense a revenue opportunity given that 80 percent of all tablets so far have been Wi-Fi only (though cellular-connected iPads are well established).
The Gorilla Glass-protected display was specifically designed for outdoor use, while the 6.7MP rear camera promises to take great pictures in various lighting conditions and boasts many of the same Nokia Camera features included on Lumia smartphones.
Nokia also demonstrated the Nokia Power Keyboard, which it said will work well with Outlook and Office, which come with Windows RT 8.1, and will provide an additional five hours of battery life and two USB ports for the other accessories.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 will be available in red, cyan, white and black and the UK, US and Finland will be the first countries to receive the tablet, which will cost $499 (£309).
Bizarrely, Nokia’s main Windows RT rival will be its new parent company, Microsoft, which released the Microsoft Surface 2 today. The company announced in August it was to acquire Nokia’s devices and services businesses for £4.6 billion in an effort to supercharge the Windows Phone 8 ecosystem.
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