The 6e In October 2021, HMD Global will release what appears to be another reboot of the tablet series. While there is a lot of speculation about the specs of the device, I won’t dwell on this as it will all be known soon. The importance of the tablet can no longer be stressed, especially at times like this, when meetings and online courses have taken over physical presence. As such, a tablet doesn’t just have to be a bigger screen, but something worthy of doing the extra work. A minimum of 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, with a USB Type-C charging port that supports fast charging and a large battery to be able to do more between charges is what consumers are looking for. In this space, Xiaomi seems to have the upper hand with its latest Mi Pad 5 series which seems to tick all the right boxes which is the main competitor to beat in this segment of devices.
Price is crucial, as is availability. The Nokia brand always evokes a sense of security and reliability which further drives its sales to some extent. The Nokia launcher that was last seen on HMD’s lesser-known tablet, the Nokia N1 was sadly left out for further development and refinement. A tablet can’t just be a bigger screen phone. It needs to have its own dedicated software to use the larger screen and have a tablet-centric app to justify its existence. Hitting an Android One on it just won’t cut it. It remains to be seen whether the new and larger device will sport an Android or a vanilla HMD will manage to surprise us with a custom interface, either an improved Nokia launcher or just a brand new interface to compete in this segment.
That said, let’s go back with Nokia’s first flagship tablet, the Lumia 2520, running on a
limited version of Windows, RT.
The Lumia 2520
Announced in December 2013, the Lumia 2520 has one of the best specs for a modern tablet. It has a large 10.1-inch Full HD display, weighing around 600g and just under 9mm thick. The beautiful display is protected by Gorilla Glass 2 and is equipped with Nokia’s exclusive Clear Black Display. It came with a flagship processor, the Snapdragon 800 coupled with 2 GB of RAM. The 32GB storage is expandable and supports LTE for connection on the go. The tablet also borrows the 6.7 mp snapper from Lumia 735. The most impressive feature is the large 8,120mAh battery and the built-in brick charger was able to charge 80% of its capacity in just an hour. Nokia has wrapped all of this material in a beautiful polycarbonate case with gloss and matte finish options depending on the color.
The Nokia Power Keyboard gives you additional benefits, bringing additional 2000 mAh. The folio-style keyboard wraps around the Lumia 2520 and serves as a well-constructed case, and also allows it to be comfortably positioned at the right angle for excessive typing and viewing of content.
Windows RT, which appears to be a flaw, has served well. The interface was designed to mimic the interface of a Windows PC although it lacks proper Windows applications. It has its own dedicated store, which was separate from the Windows Mobile store or the Windows Store. While the lack of apps and the change in direction that followed ultimately sealed its future and that of its little brother, the 2020 Lumia, Lumia 2520 remains one of the best tablets made to date.
The Lumia 2520, with its LTE connectivity, great battery life and the addition of the keyboard still makes it a relevant device to carry around, but don’t expect support for newer apps! Typing on the keyboard is fun or you can just use the onscreen keyboard if you want to reduce its clutter. Adding touchscreen Office 2013 apps is one of its biggest selling points, having the power of full Office to do what’s important. OneDrive integration allows for cloud backup and access to cloud storage easily while on the go. What’s exciting is that the dedicated store is still working a bit. There were some pending updates for some of my apps which is amazing to say the least. As of this writing I’m downloading Asphalt 8 just to see if it works, so watch my video for the full coverage.
Most of the apps in the store have already reached their end of life. If it works, it works, if it doesn’t work, it won’t. Third-party YouTube apps don’t work well, although you can still watch them through the built-in browser. Some games are still downloadable and playable. VLC provides additional codec support for enjoying video content. And being an obscure operating system, there is no known virus for Windows RT, although there are also no security updates for it.
What makes the Lumia 2520 great to use is the multitasking ability, the ability to open 2 apps simultaneously, the familiar PC-like interface, extra long battery life, and a killer look! Unfortunately, as more and more people convert tablets to “PCs” the Lumia 2520 has a very limited scope of use. It does not support modern apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and others which are the needs nowadays.
But if you like casual reading, watching YouTube, and consuming media and not in the latest and greatest app, the Lumia 2520 should meet your needs as an extension of your mobile device.
So if you have one, are you still using it in 2021?
With all said and done, the Lumia 2520 remains a powerful device, limited by its operating system. Can we expect the same rugged build, same raw power, and same tablet-centric apps with the next HMD tablet? We will find out in the coming week.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as I did writing them to showcase the beauty of the Lumia 2520.
You can watch the Lumia 2520 in 2021 in action here and more information on what the Windows RT Store has to offer.