Nokia’s new Lumia 2520 tablet is primed to go head-to-head with Microsoft’s business-ready Surface 2 tablet this fall.
The Finnish company debuted its new Windows 8.1 tablet today (Oct. 22) as Microsoft launched two new tablets, the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2.
The Lumia 2520 does not have a firm release date but will ship before the end of the year.
It boasts a 10.1-inch display – slightly smaller than the 10.6-inch screens on both Surface tablets. Under the hood it packs a 2.2-GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, with optional 4G LTE connectivity.
Running Windows 8.1 RT, the Lumia 2520 will be in competition with the Surface 2. Neither tablet runs the full version of Windows 8.1, which features desktop functionality.
That means users of the Lumia 2520 or Surface 2 will have to rely on mobile Windows 8 apps. The Surface Pro 2 is considered a better option for business users who rely on desktop apps and a PC workflow.
But Nokia’s tablet does boast a number of features to help the business pro stay productive on the go.
The tablet will launch with the optional snap-on Power Keyboard that doubles as a screen cover, similar to the sturdy Type Cover 2 that launched today for both new Surface tablets. Like Microsoft’s keyboard add-on, Nokia’s Power Keyboard boosts your tablet’s battery life.
Nokia’s new Lumia tablet also ships with Outlook, Office Home and Student Edition for mobile email and document editing.
At just 1.4 pounds, the Lumia 2520 is a bit smaller and lighter than the Surface 2, so it’s easier to carry on your commute.
The Nokia 2520 could brighten up your office, too. In addition to black and white versions, it also comes in bright red and blue.
Its $499 price point is a bit higher than the cost of the 32GB Surface 2, but cheaper than the 64GB Surface 2, which retails for $549.
The Surface Pro 2 remains the only Windows 8.1 tablet with support for a fully functional docking station, however. Users can simply snap their Surface Pro 2 into the dock to immediately take advantage of external peripherals like a full keyboard, mouse or monitor.
Dock support comes at a price: the Surface Pro 2 starts at $899 for the 64GB model, and the docking station costs $199.