Windows RT tablets have been a huge flop. Even Microsoft's well-designed Surface RT was a dud. Despite its poor reception (translation: nobody bought them), Nokia's picked up Windows RT's burning bits and salvaged them into the Lumia 2520, a 10.1-inch tablet that competes directly with the new Surface 2 tablet.
It's obvious the 2520 takes its design cues from Nokia's Windows Phone 8-powered smartphones. If you love the polycarbonate from the Lumia smartphones, you'll love the 2520. Besides the 1920x1080 resolution display, the 2520 has a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor (that's the newest, most powerful Qualcomm mobile processor on the market), 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD card slot (expandable up to an additional 32GB for 64GB total), and Windows RT 8.1.
On the rear is a 6.7-megapixel camera with ZEISS optics and on the front is a 2.2-megapixel wide-angle HD camera for selfies and Skype video chats. Wireless connectivity is also up-to-date with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC and A-GPS/GLONASS. Oh, and there's a built-in 4G LTE antenna.
The front has a pair of stereo speakers, which should make watching silly cat videos less muffled and the 8000mAh battery can reportedly last 10 hours on a single charge for video playback.
We can't pass judgment on the 2520 until we've actually had time to use one. On paper, the 2520 sounds like a beast (it helps that it comes in a shiny red that I'm going to call Ferrari red), but that's what everyone said about the first Surface RT and look how well that turned out.
It's also kind of strange that Nokia is selling a tablet that so closely resembles the Surface 2, especially now that Microsoft owns the company. If the differentiating factor is that the 2520 is a media consumption tablet as opposed to the productivity/work-targeted Surface 2, then why is Nokia even selling a $150 "Power Keyboard" accessory that turns the 2520 into even more of a Surface lookalike? Should people buy the Surface 2 or the 2520? The mixed Windows 8 tablet message continues.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 will be available for $499 in Q4 (don't you just hate when company's give you this kind of BS availability?) in black, glossy red, white and cyan. And yes AT&T (ugh) will be one of the launch carriers in the U.S.