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Nokia's canceled Lumia 2020 was a compact Windows RT tablet after my heart

Three years later, we finally get the chance to review another one of Nokia's canceled relics. This is the Nokia Lumia 2020 mini tablet with Windows RT.

Here at Windows Central, we love looking into the history books at Windows devices that never came to be. Some of our favorites have included the canceled Nokia Lumia McLaren with 3D Touch and the first images of Microsoft Surface Mini. While the Surface Mini might have been the darling of the rumor mill, Nokia too was working on a compact Windows RT tablet — the Nokia Lumia 2020.

Codenamed "Illusionist", the Lumia 2020 was going to be Nokia's second Windows RT tablet. However, following the launch of the Lumia 2520, Nokia ended development on the smaller, 8-inch device. While not much is known about why Nokia decided to kill the product, many speculate the decision was influenced heavily by Microsoft, who was also building a similar, arguably better tablet with pen support; something the Lumia 2020 didn't have but the Surface Mini would (had it too not been canceled).

Lumia 2020 specifications

CategoryNokia Lumia 2020
OSWindows RT 8.1 (ARM32)
MaterialPolycarbonate shell
ProcessorSnapdragon 800 (8974) 2.15GHz
Storage32GB (expandable)
RAM2GB
Display8.3-inch 1080p LCD
GraphicsQualcomm Adreno 330
Ports1x MicroUSC, 1x 3.5mm headphone jack, SIM tray, MicroSD card slot
AudioDual front-facing stereo speakers.
CameraFront facing 1MP, rear-facing 19MP PureView camera

Lumia 2020 hardware

In early 2014, the Lumia 2020 would have been considered "high-end". Featuring a Snapdragon 800 CPU with 2GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, and an 8.3-inch 1080p LCD, the Lumia 2020 was a pretty powerful mini tablet that rocked Windows RT like it was nothing. Since Windows RT was limited to Windows Store apps, for the most part, the device flies when opening new apps, switching between them and multitasking with multiple apps at once.

In my time using the prototype, I've not had any performance issues worthy of note. That's unlike the original Surface RT, which shipped with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip and as a result suffered from terrible performance. The Snapdragon 800 was a much more powerful chip that didn't struggle nearly as much with Windows RT. Paired with 2GB RAM for multitasking, things run pretty smooth on this mini tablet.

We're also rocking an 8.3-inch 1080p display on the front of the device, which looks absolutely gorgeous. The screen is bright and crisp, with 1080p bringing more than enough pixels for the 8-inch form factor. There's also a pair of front-facing speakers on the top bezel of the device, which is a nice touch. We also have a single capacitive home button with haptic feedback when touched.

There's also a front and rear-facing camera, with the latter being a PureView 19MP shooter with dual-LED flash. Unfortunately, the software was never completed on this prototype, which means actual photos look rubbish. Still, if this device were to have hit the market, it would have likely had the best camera of any tablet at the time. Impressive stuff.

The Lumia 2020 is also rocking an microSD card slot for expandable storage, as well as mobile data through an LTE SIM card slot. This would have been incredibly useful for those who like to travel light, yet stay connected when they take their tablet with them. There's also a Micro-USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack, par-of-the-course back in 2014.

Lumia 2020 design and build quality

Build quality is nothing short of excellent. There's no doubt about it; this was going to be a premium mini Windows RT tablet. The device features a matte polycarbonate shell, which would have been available in a number of colors; our prototype is white, which looks super clean and nice. There's no creaking or flimsiness to be found on this device, which is excellent. It doesn't feel as good as the magnesium Surface RT, but it still feels great. I'd say it's comparable to the build quality of the Lumia 1520.

We have just three physical buttons on the top of the device. A power/lock button and right next to it the volume rocker. There's no dedicated camera button, which I'd argue isn't exactly needed or useful on a tablet anyway. The buttons feel a little mushy, but that's probably because this is an old prototype that's been around a fair bit.

The front of the device is where things start to fall down. For some reason, Nokia decided to make the left and right bezels slimmer than the top and bottom, giving the front of the device an "off" look. I wouldn't say it looks bad, but I would have preferred if the bezels on the Lumia 2020 were equal on all sides.

What's more, the polycarbonate shell wraps around the front of the device and outlines the screen and its bezels. Depending on the color, the shell can really visually pop. On our white prototype, for example, the shell is clearly visible around the screen.

The screen itself is a 16:9 display, so it's only really useful in landscape mode, which is the orientation that the device is designed in. Using the tablet in portrait mode, as many likely would want to do with an 8-inch device, results in the screen being awkwardly tall and narrow. This is a mini tablet designed to be used in the landscape orientation.

And that I think says a lot about the tablet Nokia was planning to build. Unlike Microsoft, who was building the Surface Mini as a productivity machine for taking notes, Nokia looked to be building a mini tablet that's more aimed at media consumption and creation. The high-quality camera, paired with the 16:9 1080p display and front facing speakers all point toward a device aimed at entertainment rather than productivity.

Lumia 2020 software

The Lumia 2020 is an ARM-based tablet running Windows 8.1 RT. Microsoft of 2014 hadn't yet mastered Win32 emulation on ARM, limiting Windows RT devices to apps downloaded from the Windows Store. The first Microsoft Surface was the inaugural Windows RT device, along with a few tablets by the likes of Dell, ASUS, and Samsung. They all flopped, so it's no surprised that Nokia decided to pull the plug on the RT-running Lumia 2020.

Windows RT came with Office 2013 RT out of the box, which gave RT users access to the full suite of Office apps, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and Outlook for free. You can find the same set of apps on the Lumia 2020, but I don't think these apps would have seen much use by users. The screen is too small to do any real work, and since the Lumia 2020 doesn't support pen, there's no way to ink in OneNote.

The desktop environment itself is also incredibly small on an 8-inch device, so much so I'd say it's barely usable. The Modern Windows 8.1 UI, on the other hand, is tremendous at this screen size. Elements are perfectly sized, icons and text look super crisp and the entire tablet experience just works. It's gesture-based, which I feel is pretty natural on a tablet experience.

Even with the tablet experience being more than great, this thing is still running Windows RT. This means that most people would've immediately disliked the tablet thanks to its limited app selection.

I never really disliked Windows RT, but for those that did, this tablet wasn't going to fix any of its problems.

Lumia 2020 camera

It's odd to be talking about a camera on a tablet, but the camera on the Lumia 2020 is pretty remarkable. It's a great shooter, as it is PureView after all. The camera software was never finished on this unit, but I'm able to get some pretty good photos out of what was finished.

I'd never recommend using a tablet as your main camera, but the camera on the Lumia 2020 would've been better than most smartphone cameras in the year 2014. That's an impressive feat.

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Unfortunately, I'm unable to show you how this camera performs in low-light because the camera simply doesn't perform in low-light. I'm assuming this is partly due to the fact that this is an unfinished prototype, but any attempts to take a photo in low light simply failed to capture an image.

Lumia 2020 final thoughts

I've been using the Lumia 2020 as an "around the house"-type tablet over the last week, and I've enjoyed every second. It's small enough to be convenient to use for browsing the web, checking email, and watching videos without me needing to pull out a laptop, and is light enough to carry around with ease.

The addition of LTE support is also a nice touch, allowing me to throw the tablet in a bag and take it with me when going out on day trips. Sometimes using your phone to check email or browse the web when on the go isn't enough, and the 1080p 8.3-inch screen on the Lumia 2020 really delivers. It gets bright enough for use outdoors too.

Battery life on the Lumia 2020 is pretty good. I can get through a day using it on and off like you would a normal tablet pretty easily. I can probably squeeze two days out of a single charge if I use it occasionally. LTE will obviously bring that number down, but when using WiFi around the house, this thing lasts. Since this tablet was never released, we don't actually know the capacity of the battery without openign up that sealed back shell — and that's not worth the risk of breaking this rare prototype.

The Lumia 2020 would have been a superb entertainment tablet back in 2014. It's small, designed well, and has a great display and speakers, along with a really good camera (especially for a tablet). It was designed for media consumption first and foremost, not for working in Word. Browsing the web, checking email, using Twitter and watching videos are what this tablet does best.

I am saddened that this tablet never actually came to market. I feel the same way about the Surface Mini. As a fan of small tablets, both the Lumia 2020 and Surface Mini have left holes in my heart. I've always wanted a small Windows tablet with great battery life and performance, and the Lumia 2020 could have been that device. Unfortunately, it was never released, and to this day we still haven't had a compact, premium, and powerful Windows tablet.

Perhaps that'll change now that Microsoft is bringing Windows 10 back to ARM with the Snapdragon 835 — and with full app support. We can't wait to see what's in store. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the Lumia 2020? Let us know.

Pros:

  • Crisp, clear 1080p display.
  • Premium polycarbonate build.
  • Loud and clear front-facing speakers.
  • LTE support.
  • Great camera.

Cons:

  • Was never released.
  • Runs Windows RT.
  • 16:9 aspect ratio is odd for a mini-tablet.
  • No pen support.

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

95 Comments
  • Katy Perry tho, Zac?
  • Don't judge :P
  • She's hot. What's wrong with you?...
    ........
    Bad ass tablet for the time. Basically a huge 1520.... IMO, Lumia design is still the coolest on Mobile devices. Nothing hasn't come along more appealing. It fit well with the beautiful WP OS.. What a waste. Let's give MS a sarcastic hand clap.
  • Since when is that a determining factor for music quality?
  • What I say goes, clide👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽
  • "Bad ass tablet for the time.". It would be a bad ass tablet now!  And look at the beautiful Windows 8 tablet mode.  I love it.  I wish I could get one.
  • Wouldn't be a badass tablet with RT on it. Like Zac, I didn't have a problem with it at the time, but it has dead ended, like WP 8. Can't upgrade to 10, and no-one is supporting it with apps. It would languish in the drawer with my 2520, a sad reminder of what could have been. So, if you mean it would be badass today if it had WoA on it, yea, maybe, but with RT it wouldn't be any more alive than any other RT device.
  • SD 800?... Windows RT?
    Ummmm, the design is cool, but let's be realistic here.
  • Missing Nokia!   Even tho i loved my windows phone 920, 1520, & the 2520 tablet, that being said i wish Nokia would've chose android years ago instead of windows platform. Nokia would be on top with the best android phones & tablets right now. Nokia has always been ahead of its time, and now that their using the android platform hopefully they'll shine again.   
  • Snap, I'm still using all three very happily. Can't stand Android or IOS I'll go down with the ship. 😀  
  • At least Ballmer and Elop had some vision that Mr Retrenchment doesnt have.
  • Elop would've been a better CEO than Nadella. He at least understood the consumer market which MS needs a lot of help with. Nadella is an engineer and only understands enterprise and backend products. Nadella has no stomach for consumer hardware risks or vision for what consumers want next. Just compare a stage presentation by Elop vs. Nadella. Elop made you excited about new hardware and innovations from Nokia. Nadella bores you to death with nebulous high minded concepts with no concrete products. Nadella can manage to make HoloLens, Cortana, AI and augmented reality sound boring (a standardized work tool). Nadella acts as though MS following and just supporting the industry trends is good enough. Elop made you feel like Nokia was leading innovation in the industry with features like wireless charging and optical image stabilization in actual products. 
  • If you believe Microsoft needs consumer facing devices (as I do), Elop favored selling the Xbox unit or spinning it off into a separate company. Microsoft's one universally recognized consumer device would be gone under the man you believe had a vision. Nadella recognized the potential of gaming and that the brand hadn't been permanently damaged by the bad Xbox One launch. It just needed better focus. Elop as CEO presumably would have kept plugging away at phones, but to what end? Nadella was right when he said that Microsoft was too far behind to catch up by the time they purchased Nokia's phone assets. It was absolutely crazy for Microsoft to suddenly become a manufacturer and aquire all those money losing factories that Nokia was desparate to get rid of. Microsoft should have ditched all of that physical infrastructure (as it did) but should not have ended mobile altogether only to emerge again some day in the future. Where I am critical of Nadella is that I believe he over-corrected for the Nokia purchase. It would have made far more sense to keep the Nokia design and imaging staff, and hire ODMs to build Microsoft designed phones for two audiences: high end units for fans and a modest range of units for those markets where Windows Mobile was in number 2 position (and there were several). They would have bounced along in distant third place in market share worldwide but the internal talent and expertise would have been built and the those intangibles such as fan enthusiasm and brand awareness wouldn't have bottomed out as they have. And the future re-emergence with some new type of device would likely be seen as a logical next step and not just yet another attempt to crack the mobile device market.  
  • They had vision that totally failed and set Microsoft so far back in mobile they might never be able to recover. It is going to be hard if not impossible for Microsoft to create a successful mobile platform now. Balmer really screwed up not moving faster to counter the iPhone.
  • You're right, Ricardo.. But, they had no vision when it came to marketing. Only a dumb ass would disagree.
  • It is really hard to market a poor product. Marketing only gets you the initial sale, then the product has to actually give a great experience so word of mouth and repeat sales take over. This never happened with Windows phone because it sucked. Surface Pro is a great example. The marketing was kind of bad with those dancing commercials and the clicking, but it didn't matter because the product was solid. RT sucked, but it also died quickly like Windows phone. Marketing wasn't the issue, Microsoft actually pushed Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 very hard. It just wasn't a good product. Microsoft purposefully stopped marketing because it was pointless.
  • completely wrong wp7 and wp8 time and time again received a lot of consumer praise and even won awards for ux ui originality.
  • Windows Phone was great. MS didn't push it enough. End of story..
  • And restarted coding from ground up for every update, giving us something and taking away lots of things.
  • They restarted each update because the previous one had failed so hard it didn't matter. If WP7 was popular and selling well, Microsoft wouldn't have rebooted for WP8, they would have kept it going. Because WP7 was so irrelevant, they had the luxury of rebooting with minimal blowback. Same with WP8. You notice Apple and Google still haven't rebooted a decade later. If either of their platforms had failed, you better bet they would have rebooted. Marketing and an all these different excuses are just that. Excuses because you don't want to face that Windows phone just wasn't competitive for the market. It sucked.
  • @bleached The reason moving to WP8 was because they were going to create the all in one OS.  That could run on all devices. Then the media railed on Windows 8 then Microsoft shifted again.  Now they are talking about Andromeda for the all in one OS or whatever it's called.  I never upgraded my Windows 8 devices.  It's the BEST OS they ever created. 
  • If Windows Phone 7 had caught on and they sold a bunch of devices, they would have continued supporting them and had a smoother transition.
  • Microsoft pushed WP7 so hard, they spent a ton of money and so did Nokia. The commercials were on TV constantly and all the carriers had options for Windows phones. They didn't sell though, not at all. People didn't want them. Wether you liked it or not, it was a poor product for the market at that time. No amount of advertising would have change that. If it was better than the competition, then word of mouth alone would have been enough.
  • Consumer praise? Sales certainly do not support any sort of consumer praise.
  • You are absolutely right. Here Nokia/MS marketed the Lumia 800 and 900 pretty hard and they sold much better then expected. But it didn't take long before the second hand markets were flooded with Lumias because people didn't like them and wanted their iOS and Android phones back. The "smartphone beta test is over" marketing campaign was a joke because MS already knew that both the WP7 OS and phones would soon be left behind. Nokia has always been big here, so if the Lumia 800 and 900 and later the WP8 phones had been so good people would have kept them and spread the word. But releasing such bad products hurted the Windows Phone brand for a long time.
  • Kind of anecdotal, but I rarely found anyone who had a Windows Phone, who didn't love their Windows Phone. There were complaints about apps and missing features, but most seemed to really like the interface and the devices (particularly the Nokia Lumias). The central issue was, and will be, there is nothing all that compelling to get people to change from what they know and are invested in. Just as good doesn't entice people off their current platform.  
  • Nobody but fanboys actually bought and kept Windows phones.
  • Great point about the commercials. I remember watching those and thinking "so it clicks? How is this better than my iPad?"
  • I wouldn't say a Lumia 2520 woulda been better than your iPad, but I would say that my Surface 3 is... I couldn't even do my online lessons with an iPad, or a Android tablet. I tried both.. But, EVERYTHING works on my Surface... Windows is necessary, and it needs to be in my pocket.
  • Windows is neccesary for legacy software. How much longer will that legacy software stay relevant especially outside enterprise?
  • You like tacos? Me too!
  • Yeah. They had a lot of vision. Ballmer failed three times on mobile. Eflop ruined the phone division of the biggest mobile manufacturer back then and almost bankrupt them. But sure, they had a lot of vision. If those two clowns were still at Microsoft, the company would be in shambles by now.
  • Cool tablet but glad Surface Pro is around Is way too good.. But that camera tho.. Ok this is what I think Microsoft should be the only company to do Windows phone they need to come up with out of the box Windows Phone that will be only a product of Microsoft no more oems on mobile.. Moving forward ms need a mobile also
  • Nope.  A well done Cellular PC will have me dropping my phone in a heartbeat, whether it be an OEM or in house design.
  • Exactly. Well said.
  • The specs on this thing is waaaaay better than the surface mini.   
  • Sometimes I miss the 7/8 days.  Wasn't much of a fan of the Start Screen.  But stuff was faster and more polished.  I miss the the email client on WP.
  • And, apps where coming in at a steady rate. Imagine where we'd be at now..
  • Microsoft would have wasted billions more to still have less than 3% marketshare worldwide. Sales were not going to suddenly turn around after several years of total failure.
  • Microsoft was not consistent with their OS making it almost impossible to get interested. They restarted project for every update changing haphazardly anything they want which many were terrible. If they were consistent with windows phone 8 design language or at the most windows phone 8.1. Throng would have been different. And of course after nadella, wp was killed
  • They weren't consistent because the previous version failed so hard. Would you have stayed consistent with a failure?
  • Not only that. If they'd kept their upgrade promises a lot more users would've stayed with Windows Phone.
  • They didn't have many users in the first place and they were all fanboys.
  • I don't see failure in wp8 at all or even wp 8.1. It was slowly catching up. The failure was the inconsistency of msft. For instance the much loved ME feature was simply stripped down and made useless. The photo's section which had beautiful UI and which group all photos app (very useful if you install couple of photo and camera app), also game grouping etc. They just abandoned them. Wp7 I agree was not great but wp8 and wp8.1 were very good.
  • I miss when Facebook and twitter was integrated into the OS. It was nice not having to open up the app
  • Yepers. WP was awesome.... Miss those days. The only thing that sucked was Xbox Music.
    Now, groove is great, on a lesser version of Windows on mobile... Go figure.
    ......
    Well, hopefully we will be using Groove on a future Windows Mobile device..
  • Groove sucks!  Glad I still use Xbox music on my phone.  And Zune was better than Xbox Music.  Each iteration of their music app has gotten worst.  And when I use my HTC Radar with Zune occassionally I lament how Microsoft can take a great product and ruin it.
  • There won't be any future Windows Mobile devices, Rod. Give it up.
  • 1. You're saying there won't be anymore pocketable Windows devices with telephony?
    2. Is that your guess, or is it fact? Do you have proof confirmed from MS?
    3. Do you lose sleep because of my needs, and desires?
    4. What do you gain, or lose, by me giving, or not giving, up?
    5. Do you really think you telling me to change my mind about what I want is gonna change my mind?
    .....................
    Answer those questions, and see how pointless your comment is.
  • For consumers, Microsoft under NaDella is just BORING. And he is so PC. Before he took over was like all Microsoft - Lumia, Surface, Band, Bing, Cortana. Now not so much. He succeeded in making me give up my obsession on everything MS. Actually pushed it even further that am starting to hate MS. Only have SP4 left. Mostly Google, Amazon now.
  • On the same line, am even curious now on the statistics of user engagement in windows central, onmsft and other Microsoft centric websites. It may show a trend on the decline or increase of MS fan base. Zac, Is it something WC can write on. Thanks.
  • We're doing just fine, thanks :) Enagagement such as comments doesn't equal visits to the site. And it's that which pays the bills. Phones may be dying out, but lotsa people use Windows.
  • I just hope the tosser does not mess up windows on desktop completely to chase the cloud unicorn.
  • I'm sure trolling is up, so usage is probably higher than ever, considering there's loads more pathetic iDroid haters with one thumb on the keyboard, and the other up their @$$, than there ever were WP fans......🤓🤓🤓🤓🤓
  • I want a similar one with Windows on ARM (minus the camera on the back).
  • Man, they should do an updated Surface 3 with WOA, and those cool colors they have for the Surface book... All Surface products should come in those colors.
  • agree on all points rodney.
  • Why, when Windows 10 as a tablet OS is horrible? No tablet improvements since TH2. I was a Windows Tablet fan, but once I realized MS had given up on the tablet, I did too, and moved to an iPad.
  • Man, y'all are so stuck in the past.. A new, modular W10 could adapt to screen size better than ever.
  • wow looks like a bigger lumia 1520. It would have been great.
  • Wow! Looks like a bigger Lumia 830 to be precise.
  • I can agree that high end camera on tablet is great idea, but I would add 120 degree 4K capable selfie...
  • Look..... The Surface Phone...
  • How does that even make any sense as at the very least a terrible joke?
  • I've been looking for a 7-8" Windows 10 tablet for a year now, something with a solid 4gb of ram, a decent processor and an awesome screen. Can't believe no one has bothered to make one in all that time. Maybe some manufacturers will run with it when windows on arm arrives next month, but damn being a windows hardware user requires a near stupid amount of patience 
  • It won't ever sell unless MS puts some engineering into actually improving tablet usability.
  • Not only would I have wanted one of these when it shipped, I still want one right now.
  • i want this so bad, i would love to put windows 10 on it
  • >Cons:
    >Was never released. lol. wow, what a beautiful device.   Zac, is the bootloader unlocked? We can build other ARM-based operating systems for this. Would have been fun for the other RTs but the bootloader is locked. Perhaps with that prototype, eventually an ARM Windows 10 image can be built like we do for x86 now.    
  • This made me really excited and saddened me greatly at the same time.
  • Yeah this seems like it would have been interesting to play with for sure. 
  • This would have been a perfect, media consumption device for long commutes.
  • Seems to me as if all we see coming out of Microsoft are products that have been cancelled.
  • This would have been perfect for me
  • Not running full Windows, not interested. Windows RT should stay buried.
  • Nokia made great stuff! MS why not release?  Because of the Nokia name?  It's not like MS had a strategy....
  • I find it interesting that the Lumia 2020's styling is similar to the Lumia 435 and 532 with its square-edged, two-tone polycarbonate cover. The camera unit is reminiscent of the Lumia 830 and the 950 XL too. Honestly, I would have seriously considered the 2020 had it been released. Despite the lack of Surface Pen/inking support, I think the 2020 would have been the better device for me over the Surface Mini. The former is far more stylish than the latter too, although the I agree that the 2020 looks odd in portrait orientation with its thin side bezels. Of course, the 16:9 Windows 8 tablets of that era in 2013/14 never were great in portrait mode anyway. Would could have been.   EDIT: If possible I'd like to see more photos of the device, Zac, please. :)
  • Where can I get me one Zac?
  • windows RT sucked , full windows is what was required . the surface pros are the best tablets but unaffordable, iam happy with my cube mix plus in the meantime.
  • it took some nice picture
  • This is my next phone.
  • Yes looks like another excellent device, Windows RT tbh I've never had an issue with it, I know its not for everyone but I do like the security of it. 
  • Great review, this is the kind of devices I expect to see running WoA...
  • ah, the lumia 2020. I remember the announcement well. Very exciting and a mouthwatering tablet, that for a moment seemed a true great alternative to the surface tablet. It was Nokia's first endeavor in the tablet space. The question that lingered with me was the uncertainty if this device would remain a one off thing. Als more critical reviews about windows RT increased around that time, which didn't help either. I would have loved to see what Nokia would have pulled off today if things did go well. For me the package was very tempting, and I could live with the limitations of the store as I didn't use many legacy apps. The amazing camera feature, as part of the package, was the icing on the cake. The one thing that wasn't clear was stylus support. Still don't know if I could ink in OneNote on this device.
  • Are we seeing Microsoft crumbling? Buy Nokia, close Nokia. Start Win 10 mobile. Betray all buyers of such phones. Ignore the phone and tablet market. Crazy.
  • That would have been a great tablet. I would really like to have something other than Samsung (my very slow galaxy tab) and apple to choosing from. The field is so flooded with sub par devices that I bought another laptop. 
  • These articles need to start off with "Here's how you get one."  Surely, Nokia made more than two.  Surely, me as well as some other, collect this stuff. 
  • Based on my experience with the original Galaxy Note 8 (8" tablet), I believe the Lumia 2020 could have been the ideal device for reading and taking notes at meetings, even as a whiteboard. Perhaps the cancelled Surface Mini could have been a success if launched.
  • Someone at XDA should start porting Windows 10 to these tablets. Why would that be so difficult since there is Windows 10 on ARM coming...?
  • Honest question, but why would you want to cripple a the device?  I say cripple because you're taking a tablet with a tablet UI and giving it a half-baked tablet UI.  Also, I thought it had to be a specific ARM chip for Windows 10 to work on it.
  • Nice review. But what is the weight? This is important for a mini tablet, I presume not very heavy due to the polycarbonate shell.
  • You should've listed the 'MicroUSC' under cons. I've never heard of this before. A proprietary connector Nokia planned to use in their devices? Or a typo?
  • I've trained most of my clients to send me ANY and EVERY suspicious email (concurrent with the rise in ransomware). When I get one of those forwards, asking me to check the content and attached file, I just grab my old RT. My worry-free little hacker barrier RT. I will be sad when its battery dies someday. I will have to use Sandboxie or some transient, disposable VM, lacking in the wonderful worry-free convenience the little RT has afforded. 'Nuff said?      
  • Damn that would have won me over. What a a sexy little thing that is.
  • How can this be a 4/5 device when it's so clearly limited? No pen support, and it runs an OS that would have made it essentially useless, given the OS didn't survive that long. Seems like decent hardware with terrible software. Might be a 4/5 Android tablet, but the OS alone makes that a VERY generous score.