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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Nokia launches its first tablet ( Lumia 2520 )

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia announced its first colourful 10.1in Windows RT 8.1 tablet on Tuesday at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi, aiming to take on Apple's iPad.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 features a full HD 10.1in screen, coming less than a month after the announcement of Microsoft's second generation Surface 2 Windows RT tablet.
Solidly built with seamless construction and weighing 615g, Nokia's tablet resembles the manufacturer's colourful, polycarbonate-clad range of Lumia Windows Phone smartphones, but runs Microsoft's Windows RT 8.1 ARM-based tablet variant of its Windows 8 PC operating system.
Top-flight specifications

The Lumia 2520 also features top-of-the-range components, including a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM, which should handle multi-tasking and gaming well. Built in is 32 or 64GB of storage, depending on model, while the 2520 is equipped with a micro SD card slot for adding up to 64GB more storage.
A 8,000 mAh battery should provide around 10 hours battery life, according to Nokia.
Nokia has also included a micro USB 3.0 port for fast data connections to external devices, as well as micro HDMI for connecting to an external display or television.

Work and play

Unlike Microsoft's Surface 2, Nokia's tablet also comes equipped with 4G LTE for mobile broadband, and NFC for linking and sharing data with Nokia's range of Lumia smartphones.
Nokia sees the 2520 fitting in between the entertainment and productivity markets, for those who use a tablet for entertainment, like watching videos, browsing the internet and playing games, and also for those who need to do word processing and other office duties.

Running Windows RT 8.1, the 2520 comes with Microsoft's full Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Nokia has also added its own HERE maps and Nokia music applications to Windows RT.
Nokia has also made a keyboard case accessory for the 2520, which, like the Microsoft Surface 2's excellent Touch Cover 2, turns the tablet into a laptop hybrid with a full keyboard, a trackpad and two USB 2.0 ports, as well as a battery that adds an extra five hours to the battery life.

Windows RT

Microsoft's Windows RT, it's ARM-based tablet operating system that mimics Windows 8 but lacks compatibility with full Windows applications, was recently dumped by Dell and Asus, leaving Microsoft the sole manufacturer of Windows RT tablets, until now.
Microsoft's Surface RT tablet failed to live up to sales expectations forcing Microsoft to suffer a $900m (£ writedown on its Surface RT stock and cut the price to shift inventory in July.

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