Windows RT continues to nibble at the tablet market, with Microsoft applying the cut-down operating system to its much-improved latest generation of Surface tablets. (Those even found some approval from Ars Microsoft Editor Peter Bright.) Nokia—whose shareholders just approved the sale of its devices division to Microsoft—has just issued its own Windows RT tablet, the Lumia 2520, and it takes a tangential approach to Microsoft's OEM Surface devices.
The 10.1" Lumia 2520 has the same 1920x1080 resolution as the Surface 2, though it uses a "ClearBlack" IPS LCD panel (as does its baby brother Windows 8 Phone device, the Lumia 1520). Physically, the Lumia 2520 is smaller in two of its dimensions than the Surface 2 (267mm tall by 168mm wide by 8.9mm thick, versus the Surface 2 at 274mm tall by 172mm wide by about the same 8.9mm thickness). The Lumia appears thinner, though, because it's slimmer at its edges than in its middle while the Surface has a flat back. The Lumia also manages to be much lighter, coming in at 614 g against the Surface's 676 g.
The 10.1" Nokia Lumia 2520.
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The 2520 has an all-plastic back, using the same smooth glossy polycarbonate shell as other devices in the Lumia line. The one that Nokia sent is an eye-watering Ferrari red, with the Verizon logo printed on the back just below the Nokia logo. That Verizon logo actually speaks to one of the biggest advantages the cheaper-feeling Nokia has over the Surface—it might not be made of a vapor-deposited magnesium casing, but it's got 4G LTE connectivity built in.