Nokia Lumia 2520 Better than Microsoft Surface 2, Qualcomm Says

by Istvan Fekete on October 28, 2013

While it’s being acquired by Microsoft, Nokia has unveiled its first tablet computer, the Lumia 2520, the second tablet running Windows RT, while Dell, Samsung, Toshiba, and Hewlett-Packard have skipped this operating system. In fact, the Lumia 2520 appears to be much better that the Microsoft Surface 2, so this kind of puts both parties – Nokia and Microsoft – in an awkward position.

Of course, there is a reasonable explanation. As Qualcomm executives have highlighted, Nokia’s tablet has a clear advantage over the Microsoft Surface 2, in everything from processor speed to graphics, video playback and wireless connectivity. This, despite the fact that Qualcomm provides the processor for both the Lumia 2520 and Surface 2.

But it all comes down to the tech specs of the chip chosen for the device: the Lumia 2520 houses a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, while the Surface 2 sports a 1.7 GHz Tegra 4. As a result, the Lumia 2520 is a more capable device.

The explanation behind the two company’s choices could be the timing: and this is especially relevant in Microsoft’s case.

But with Windows RT – which, by the way, has been chosen by few consumers so far – come some advantages and drawbacks. On the advantages side, Windows RT is the first version of the operating system to run low-power chips usually used for cell phones. Low-power chips – processors from Qualcomm and Nvidia, based on ARM technology – also allow thinner and lighter design.

On the drawbacks side: Windows RT isn’t compatible with many other apps such as iTunes. This could be one of the reasons why other manufacturers have chosen to skip it.

“We have a longer term view on these things,” Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm’s application processors. “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.”

While Qualcomm is the undisputed king of the smartphone market, providing application processors for handsets such as the iPhone 5s, the Galaxy S4, and Windows Phones, the company is confident that its technology will go mainstream among tablet manufacturers as well.

As the company executive has pointed out, their partners are working on more than 40 tablets using their processors, and these devices will reportedly hit the market in 2014.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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