Yes, Microsoft is supposed to acquire Nokia's Devices and Services unit in the first quarter of 2014, but before that happens the two companies are technically competitors. This fall, they will release the only two new Windows RT 8.1 tablets planned for 2013. Microsoft just launched the Surface 2 today and a few hours ago Nokia announced the long rumored Lumia 2520 for a release later this year.
|Spec||Surface 2||Nokia Lumia 2520|
|Display||10.6 inches with 1920x1080 resolution||10.1 inches with 1920x1080 resolution|
|Weight||676 grams||615 grams|
|Color||Silver||Black, Red, White and Cyan|
|Storage||32 or 64GB + (microSD card up to 64GB)||32GB + (microSD card up to 32GB)|
|Processor||Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4-1.7 GHz||Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800-2.2 GHz|
|Cameras||5 megapixel rear camera, 3.5 megapixel front camera||6.7 megapixel rear camera; 2 megapixel front camera|
|Battery Life:||Up to 10 hours||Up to 11 hours|
|Accessories||Touch Cover 2 ($119.99), Type Cover 2 ($129.99), Power Cover and Docking Station (both not yet released)||Battery keyboard cover ($149.99); adds five hours of battery life|
|LTE support||None (coming in 2014)||Yes|
|Price||$449 for 32GB, $549 for 64GB (USD)||$499 (USD)|
|Availability||Now||Before end of 2013|
It's way too soon to offer a final verdict on this shootout as the Lumia 2520 isn't due to be released for at least a few more weeks. However, on paper the Nokia tablet does have some features that could cause some people who have been thinking about getting the Surface 2 to wait until both products are on sale.
Image via Microsoft and Nokia.