Nokia’s First Tablet Hits Store Shelves Next Week

Nokia is rolling out its first-ever tablet next week. The company generated plenty of buzz when it announced the Lumia 2520 in late October at Nokia World in Abu Dhabi. Now, the Finnish mobile device maker will see how the market responds.

The Windows tablet has a 10.1-inch HD screen. The device combines both 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 6.7-megapixel camera, and for the first time ever on a tablet, Zeiss optics. The Lumia 2520 runs on Windows RT 8.1 and features several color options. The tablet promises up to an 80 percent charge in one hour.

Software-wise, the Lumia 2520 comes installed with the "Dragons Adventure" interactive game, developed in partnership with DreamWorks Animation. Other exclusive software includes the Nokia Storyteller, an app that curates images and videos as a story on a map, and Nokia Video Director for video editing. The tablet is also equipped with Nokia Here Maps and Nokia Music with Mix Radio. The Windows-based tablet will have a price tag of $499.

The Windows RT Challenge

We caught up with Avi Greengart, a principal analyst at Current Analysis, to get his take on the new tablets. He told us a key issue is that Windows RT is still somewhat challenged.

"These tablets are reasonably expensive. They only come with cellular connectivity built in, which in some ways is nice but is not the way most consumers are buying their tablets today," Greengart said. He added that RT still trails Android and iOS by a wide margin when it comes to the number of apps available.

Although Microsoft is in a better position with Windows 8.1 RT and associated apps today than it was when it launched the first Surface tablets in 2012, Windows still trails Apple's iOS for tablet-specific apps by a measure of hundreds of thousands. Plus, Greengart...

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