The Windows tablet market is starting to get exciting. Besides the venerable Surface line, there are new devices by Asus, Lenovo and Dell to name a few. However, a dark horse has entered the ring too -- Nokia. Yes, the Finnish handset company (which is being purchased by Microsoft) is releasing a Windows RT 8.1 tablet. While that in itself is not news (BetaNews reported on its existence three weeks ago), the release date was not known -- until now.
"The Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet will be available starting on November 22nd. You will be able to purchase the Lumia 2520 (in black) from AT&T for $399.99 with a two-year agreement, or for $199.99 with a two-year agreement when bundled with a Lumia 925, Lumia 1020, or Lumia 1520 Windows Phone", says Brandon LeBlanc, Senior Marketing Communications Manager at Microsoft. Of course, you can buy the tablet without a contract for $499.
Mr. LeBlanc further says that the tablet "comes with a stunning 10.1-inch full HD display with ClearBlack technology. The ClearBlack technology is what gives the device great outdoor readability. It weighs only 22 ounces so it’s super light to carry around and travel with. And you get up to 11 hours of battery life. You also get a 6.7 megapixel rear-facing camera with ZEISS optics for capturing photos with great quality and color. The Lumia 2520 from AT&T will come with 32GB of storage with a microSD slow for expandable memory. It’s powered by Windows RT 8.1 and comes with Microsoft Office 2013 RT".
This tablet will come preloaded with the following Nokia exclusives:
Nokia Storyteller -- Nokia Storyteller will automatically compile your pictures from Facebook, SkyDrive, Picasa, Flickr and even your Lumia smartphone – into a single timeline. With the Lumia Share app will allow your Lumia smartphone to interact with your Lumia 2520 and view all your images in Storyteller, connecting via NFC. You can zoom out to a map for details about the physical surrounding of stories around your pictures.
Nokia Video Director -- Nokia Video Director lets you do advanced video editing of videos captured on both the Nokia Lumia 2520 and Lumia smartphones. Shoot a video on your Lumia smartphone, share with Nokia Lumia 2520 and then edit it with Nokia Video Director.
Nokia Music -- The Lumia 2520 will come with an exclusive version of Nokia Music with Mix Radio for a rich music discovery experience.
HERE Maps -- With HERE Maps, you’ll get true offline map support for a fast and reliable maps experience even in areas with no connectivity.
To preorder the Nokia Lumia 2520, click here. If you purchase and activate it on AT&T between November 22 and January 9, 2014, you will receive a $20 app credit for the Windows Store.