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Nokia Lumia 2520
Nokia Lumia 2520
Nokia Lumia 2520
Nokia Lumia 2520

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The Nokia Lumia 2520 currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 30 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Nokia’s first tablet - the Nokia Lumia 2520 - is the sixth tablet released for the Windows RT operating system.

Nokia has taken visual cues from its smartphones and offers either a matte or glossy finish depending on the color. Expert consensus leans more towards the matte finish as the glossy back leaves behind grease and fingerprints and can be difficult to hold one-handed.

Thanks to its 2.2 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of memory, the Lumia 2520 is, as Trusted Reviews states, “zippy” and “smooth and...fluid.” The tablet comes with 32GB of onboard storage and also gives users the option to store data on SkyDrive storage.

In addition to the internal hardware, reviewers are also impressed with the tablet’s display. Although the resolution - 1080p - is not as good as the iPad, experts find that the Lumia 2520 offers better viewing angles and brightness. Under bright light conditions, V3 reviewers noticed that it also performed better than the iPad.

The display itself is also protected from scratches with a coating of Gorilla Glass 2. Nokia claims that the screen is 10% less reflective than other tablets and experts back this claim. Techradar, however, mentions that in general use the screen is highly reflective due in part to the Gorilla Glass 2.

Although the camera pales in comparison to the 41MP Lumia 720, most critics agree that it is better than other tablet cameras currently. The 2520 uses the same interface as the 720 with its auto-focus ability and aperture of f/1.9. It does not, however, come with an LED light so most reviewers do not suggest using it in low light situations.

In general, experts approve of the Lumia 2520. Trusted Reviews states that it’s a “strong first effort” with Pocket Lint concluding that this tablet is a “success for Nokia.”

On the other hand, Phone Arena believes that the tablet might struggle due to the underwhelming number of apps in the Windows RT library.

The Good: Excellent display viewing angle and brightness, fast processor speed, decent rear-facing camera.

The Bad: Highly reflective screen, few quality apps for Windows RT.

Operating system
Operating system
2.2 GHz
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
6+ MP
6+ MP
8000 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Digital Versus
Digital Versus

Now a member of the Microsoft family, the "Nokia" Lumia 2520 doesn't offer much that the Surface 2 doesn't already—other than higher brightness and 4G. Plus, the materials aren't as nice, and it generally isn't as convenient to use. More than anything, we have trouble imagining Redmond promoti...

- Romain Thuret, Digital Versus

Nokia's first and last tablet with Windows RT 8.1 has an incredibly bright display, a fast processor and the ability to access the internet via LTE -- but it also has some unusual weaknesses.

- Daniel Schmidt, Notebookcheck
Geek Squad
Geek Squad

All things considered, the Nokia Lumia 2520 is one of the most impressive tablets we’ve yet to see when it comes to its tactile, glossy design and that undeniably statement screen. Where it falls behind, as ever with Windows devices, is with its lack of apps and storage. Having said that, its...

- Agent Andrews, Geek Squad
Chip Chick
Chip Chick

If you can’t wait for the Surface to come out with a 4G LTE version, well, you really don’t need too. The Nokia 2520 is a solid alternative that offers a beautiful design with fun color choices, along with plenty of performance and a top of its class display. Overall, this is a really ni...

- Helena Stone, Chip Chick
Know Your Mobile
Know Your Mobile

Nokia’s venture into the tablet space isn’t very far removed from its smartphone efforts: a confusing blend of excellent exterior design and hardware with questionable software. It’s not unusable by any means, but it does lack the pick-up-and-go usability of Android and iOS, the ex...

- Paul Briden, Know Your Mobile

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Screen Size

The Nokia Lumia 2520's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

6+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 6+ MP camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Nokia's performance ratings are 25 days standby time, 11 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia 2520 Specs

Release Date November 21, 2013
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Body: 1.77 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Mobile / Cellular Data
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 3.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HID, HFP, OBEX
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
6+ Megapixels
4x digital
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
2+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 218 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Capacity 8000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 2 hours
Video Playback Time Up to 11 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 11 hours
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Standby Time Up to 25 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Red, White, Black, Cyan
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.8 x 26.7 x 0.9 cm (6.6 x 10.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 615 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: IM
Graphics: Yes
Themes: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: No
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: Yes
TV Out Info: HDMI
DLNA Support: Yes
Audio Formats: MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC, WMA, M4A
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: Yes
Vibration Alert: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Wi-fi Encryption: WPA2
Viewable document types: DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

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