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Nokia Lumia 2520 RT tablet UK release date set as 4th December

by Mark Tyson on 28 November 2013, 19:10

Tags: Nokia (NYSE:NOK), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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Nokia’s new Windows 8.1 RT-powered 10-inch tablet, the Lumia 2520, has been made an exclusive to John Lewis on launch day, 4th December, priced at £399.99, going head to head against the iPad Air. Conor Pierce, General Manager for Nokia UK & Ireland said about the impending launch; "The Nokia Lumia 2520 is the first truly connected tablet and we look forward to working with John Lewis to bring this amazing connected experience to their customers," reports Digital Spy.

This tablet is Nokia’s first Windows tablet and it seemingly rivals Microsoft’s Surface 2 as it also accessorises its tablet with a detachable keyboard. An unfortunate clash of features, especially after Microsoft’s deal of buying Nokia’s devices division. The productivity boosting ‘Power keyboard’, which will cost around £99, will also add five hours of battery time to the device and includes two full-size USB ports.

A Nokia Lumia 2520 UK TV advert is also here to coincide with the launch. Interestingly it takes the angle of trying to explain the folly of owning an Apple iPad and also having to cart around your old-reliable laptop to get work done. Check out the ad below:

This new tablet features a 10.1-inch Full HD IPS display, 2GB of RAM and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. You can also find more details about the device and its specifications from my last article published back in October. Also the full official specs list can be found on the Nokia website here.

Also, Nokia fans, remember that on 6th Dec, two days after the Lumia 2520 is available at John Lewis, Nokia’s high end 6-inch Windows Phone, the Lumia 1520, will also become available on the UK highstreet.

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The colourful polycarbonate unibody is a nice touch as its different to other manufacturers tablets, from there on its a hard sell.
With the move now for premium devices to have a slimmer bezel along the longer edge this design is now old hat, that bezel is huge. I suppose a slimmer longer edge bezel would pose problems for the Windows button placement.
Unfortunately Windows 8.1 RT is seen as a lame duck compared to full fat Windows 8.1, the marketing chaps at Microsoft have not been anywhere near as good at spin as Apple have with IOS compared to OSX.
It needed to be cheaper, at least £50 cheaper, however £100 cheaper would have been the sweet spot with the keyboard thrown in. Its going to end up down south of the starting price eventually anyway as its just not going to sell at its present price.
They should learn from Asus and the Vivotab Smart ME400 which originally went on sale for around £400 (and that includes full fat Windows 8), its now available at Curry's for £280.
Is that really their UK advert? I thought someone was just doing a spoof voiceover on a US advert and was waiting for the punchline.

But yeah, Asus Transformer Book T100TA, 9 hours battery, full Windows 8.1 + office, keyboard, and £349.99 from John Lewis. The RT tablet isn't competing against the ipad, it's competing against proper computers at that price.
For 400 quid they're in the price-range of Bay-Trail tablets running full Windows 8. Who would buy a gimped RT tablet when they could get something that can run all the RT ‘apps’, along with existing windows programs too?
If I'd got the near-£500 that the tablet+keyboard combo would cost then no way would I be buying this. Instead, I'd get an Asus Transformer TF701T (which is an Android tablet, and has one less USB port but a higher res screen) or one of the many “proper” Windows devices.

As it stands it's about £150-200 too expensive.
There's a few key differences between the Asus Transformer Book T100 and the Nokia 2520:

1376 x 768 resolution
No network support

1920 x 1080 resolution
LTE and 3G
~ 600g + lightweight keyboard

Remember you can also get the Nokia power keyboard free up until this Sunday by applying here: