Nokia’s very first Windows RT 8.1 tablet is due soon and the device will mark the company’s first Windows RT tablet. This device, known as the Lumia 2520, will be going head to head with Microsoft’s own Surface 2 Windows RT tablet. Microsoft recently acquired Nokia’s devices and services division, so this might make things a bit awkward.
Although a bit biased, Qualcomm believes Nokia’s Lumia 2520 tablet has a distinct advantage over the Surface 2, from processor speed to graphics, video playback, and wireless connectivity.
For those that didn’t know, the Surface 2 features Nvidia’s chip under the hood. However, the Nokia Lumia 2520 features a Qualcomm chip. “The performance on [the 2520] is brilliant. It’s really at the next level. It’s not even really a contest [compared to Surface 2] … In every area, it’s much bigger, faster, and lower power,” Qualcomm’s senior VP of product management, Raj Talluri, stated in an interview.
The Surface 2 features a 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 chip while the Nokia Lumia 2520 features a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip.
Qualcomm is sticking around for the long run when it comes to the Windows RT platform. “We have a longer term view on these things. The RT of today may not be the RT of tomorrow. But the vision of a device that’s both your entertainment and productivity device that you want to carry with you is going to be there. We invest for the longer term,” Talluri adds.
It’s great to hear a company pledge their support for Microsoft controversial Windows RT platform, after seeing companies like Dell, Samsung, Toshiba, and HP jump off the Windows RT bandwagon.