The Lumia 2520 has a powerful spec for a Windows RT tablet - and it shows. The Lumia is a responsive and rapid revice, even when you have it undertaking multiple tasks. Here's our Lumia 2520 video review.
Lumia 2520: specifications
- Quad-core Qualcom Snapdragon 800 chip
- 2GB RAM
And as RT devices have always made decent gaming machines, the Lumia 2520 is no different. Benchmarks suggest it is "one of the most powerful devices around", and the user experience supports the synthetic numbers.
Lumia 2520: benchmarks
- GLBenchmark Egypt HD 2.5 test: 50fps
- T-Rex HD 2.7 test: 27fps
- 3DMark 7: 16215 points
We gave the Lumia a good hammering over a day or so and it still had plenty of juice left. See all Windows tablet reviews.
- 8120mAh battery cell: up to 25 days on standby
Lumia 2520: display
The display is also impressive. It's sharp and the aspect ratio is good for watching movies. It's a good, if not outstanding, display. See all Windows tablet reviews.
- 10.1in, 1920x1080 display
It is built to last, too. The viewing angle is wide, and the ability to use the screen in a meaningful way under bright light impressive.
Lumia 2520: storage
You get a nominal 32GB of storage on board, with a MicroSDHC card adding up to another 64GB.
Lumia 2520: design and build
The Lumia 2520 is a smooth and slick slate. It is a genuinely thin and light device, and the design means the dimensions we measured feel smaller than perhaps they are. The overall feeling is of a premium tablet. See also: the 14 best tablets of 2013.
Lumia 2520: software
In the past we've been snippy about Windows RT, and the same caveats apply. This is not Windows, it's Windows RT. It's an OS for the consumption and display of media, rather than a productivity OS like Windows 8. You can't install x86 Windows software as you can on your laptop or PC.
But, possibly because this tablet feels like an extension of the Lumia phone range rather than a competitor to Windows 8 tablets or laptops, Windows RT bothered us far less than it has previously. It's also possible that the outstanding performance helps here.
Lumia 2520: connectivity
The Lumia comes as standard with 4G LTE connectivity. You get USB 3.0, Bluetooth Wi-Fi, and NFC sharing and pairing.
Lumia 2520: verdict
Some caveats still apply to Windows RT devices, but if you want an alternative to iPad and Android for a consumption device, the Lumia 2520 is that. We award four stars. (See also: Top 9 best Windows 8 tablets: the best Windows 8 tablets you can buy in 2013.)