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Windows RT 8.1 Tablet Shootout: Nokia Lumia 2520 and the Surface 2

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.

While both tablets are running Windows RT 8.1, there are actually quite a few differences between the Lumia 2520 and the Surface 2 in terms of hardware features. Here's a quick look at some of the more important comparison points:

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)
Memory 2GB 2GB
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.

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