Nokia’s Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 smartphones were also joined by the Lumia 2520 at the company’s event in Abu Dhabi yesterday, but instead of being another phone, the 2520 is the manufacturer’s first Windows-based tablet.
The timing of its announcement coincided with the release of Microsoft’s own Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 Windows tablets, with Nokia’s device aimed at those who are interested in the former.
The tablet runs Windows RT 8.1, the cut-down version of Microsoft’s operating system, which has had a difficult start in life. The Surface 2 is so far the only other tablet to use the updated version of the software, although others are sure to follow in the year.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 has a slightly smaller, 10.1-inch display, but it has the same 1080p resolution as the Surface 2. Powering the device is a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with a 2.2GHz clock speed, supported by 2GB of RAM.
The body comes in four different colours, black, white, red or cyan, and it measures 8.9mm thick. On the rear is a 6.7-megapixel camera with Zeiss optics, along with a 720p video call camera above the screen.
Other features include 32GB of storage space, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and 4G LTE connectivity.
A keyboard accessory has also been launched, which comes with a built-in battery pack that extends the life of the tablet by five hours. It also has a gesture trackpad and a pair of USB ports.
Nokia has given the tablet a price of $500 in America, which is around £310, so the Lumia 2520 should match the Surface 2′s £330 price tag. It’s going on sale before the end of the year in the UK.