Nokia Lumia 2520 user guide leaked; shows off parts, technology and more

Nokia World 2013 has come to end and we're all traversing home, but that doesn't mean there's no more news and everything has simply died down. Today we'll be looking at the Lumia 2520, Nokia's first Windows tablet powering Windows RT 8.1. We've managed to get our hands on a draft of the official user guide, which is a slab of gold should you be looking the tablet up when released.

Aside from our hands-on footage and the official annoucnement, what's new in this guide? Any juicy details? There are some interesting sections to look at, but overall we already know what's included in the tablet itself, be it specifications or features. There's the interesting slide illustrating each key and part of the tablet:

Lumia 2520 User Guide

As we've previously covered, you're rocking NFC, HDMI, USB 3.0 and SIM support for up-to LTE. The rest of the guide essentially walks you through how to more effectively manage battery life, as well as using the new Windows 8 UI. there's also going to be the option to add your Nokia Account to the tablet, synchronising Nokia's services, including music, navigation and more.

It's a really neat guide, especially if you're new to the Windows 8 experience.

Lumia 2520 User Guide

We published the specifications of this Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet alongside the new Surface 2 from Microsoft, as well as Apple's iPad Air. To see which tablet comes out on top when it comes to hardware power and functionality, be sure to check out the comparison chart. We'll keep you all in the loop should we learn of more operators and retailers stocking the Nokia tablet.

Fancy taking a quick look at the details within the document? Download it from our SkyDrive. Thanks, Rainbow Dash, for the guide!

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

112 Comments
  • Just a beautiful device!
  • Want yellow!
  • ^^THIS^^
  • Yes!!!!   We want a Lumia 2520 in YELLOW!!!
  • The more I think about it, the more I want this
  • +2520
  • Glossy white for me :P, so it matches my glossy white L920 :p
  • Its looking real nice!
  • I'm so anxious to get this. Is there even a rumor of what the official release date will be?
  • such a georgeous thing.
  • "Thanks, Rainbow Dash, for the guide!"
    I didn't realize that a small multi-hued equine worked for Nokia.
  • Don't show too much to AT&T, they will remove the goods!
  • Well played
  • haha they most probably are playing "operation" with the internals right now...
  • Hey look at that... speakers on the front. Exactly where I expect them to be. On the iPad they are awfully placed on the back and (I think) next to the proprietery charging port. The Surface had the speakers on the side, which is better but should have been in the front.
     
    Edit: Awaiting Verizon to get them in stock, in black or steel-like color.
  • Unfortunately, during the time I'll stay in the US the 2520 still won't be available, soooo Surface 2 it is.
  • Does anyone know if there will there be a Wifi only version? or only Carrier tied one??
  • get it sim free if you can, thats your best bet.
  • That design! :D
  • I want it in RED
  • Want one really fast. Nokia + Tablet= wow
  • Are they gonna provide calling facility via a bluetooth headset? I can then use it as my all purpose machine. If not calls, atleast text. I know sim is there for the data though.
  • That's what I eventually want to do as well, but unfortunately, I don't think the 2520 has a cellular radio to be able to perform calls.
  • Skype work?
  • Yeah i thought about that as well, but not everyone you try and call may have Skype like businesses and such.
  • Yeah i thought about that as well, but not everyone you try and call may have Skype like businesses and such.
  • With Office 365, you get 60 minutes of Skype calling, which means you can call any phone number. For me, that would be perfect, because I am never on the phone. If Nokia were to come out with an 8" version of this same tablet, I'd be all over it.
  • With Office 365, you get 60 minutes of Skype calling, which means you can call any phone number. For me, that would be perfect, because I am never on the phone. If Nokia were to come out with an 8" version of this same tablet, I'd be all over it.
  • If you do have office 365, that's a pretty great ability, but it would be more cost effective to my wallet if they just included a cellular radio.
  • Yeah. Even though i wont mind carrying my 920 and this together, it would be a real comfort to just carry a bluetooth headset instead of The Tank. I wish nokia listen to the users and make some changes or some version with cellular radio. They have been pretty awesome in last few months. ;)
  • Yeah. Even though i wont mind carrying my 920 and this together, it would be a real comfort to just carry a bluetooth headset instead of The Tank. I wish nokia listen to the users and make some changes or some version with cellular radio. They have been pretty awesome in last few months. ;)
  • Did you notice it says "speakerphones" on the front. Would love to know if this hardware can handle cellular calls. $499 (without subsidy) vs $699 or more for flagship phones? That could spoil the Apple party.
  • Yeah. Missed that. Although it could be for the skype calls but Nokia can pull this rabbit outta hat just to hurt apple and others badly.
  • I'm actually kind of surprised how many people want this. I thought I was pretty much alone in wanting a tablet as my all-in-one device for making calls, sending text, etc.
  • Would love if windows 8.1 could receive phone texts.
  • I can't quite remember where I saw it, but I swear I just saw something about this being a possibility either with the next update or due to some new software. Can't remember exactly, but yeah I would love to have the ability too. 
  • Ahh, I found what I was looking for!
    http://www.wpcentral.com/nokia-adding-bluetooth-support-message-access-profile-map-future-update
  • Wear it as a hat. Problem solved!
  • Wish micro-USB 3.0 came to phones as well. The charging rate on microusb 2.0 is a bit slow.
  • Do you know if I can charge the 2520 through the micro USB3.0 port?
  • Didn't realize the charging rate was difference between the two.
  • i'm pretty sure USB2.0 doesn't define an upper limit for charge voltage, so it can be very quick with the right charger. If you're plugging it into your laptop to charge or have a low-voltage charger though, that's slow.
  • I wonder if Microsoft should have included such clear documentation for all W8 users. That might have helped satisfy some of the naysayers.
  • You get annoyed by help tutorials all the time on win8.1
  • Do you have to get a cell plan for this tablet?
  • Hey Nokia Phone Central, you guys sure didn't give the Surface this type of coverage. Yikes. A post about a user guide? SO you saying it works like WIndows 8 touch tables. You don't say.
  • it is more of a phone than the windows surface tablets due to lacking sim card - right :)
  • Thus and the Surface are not Windows phones, but this is the closest so far to a tablet Windows Phone, you really cant blame them for prioritising this news over Surface 2
  • Love It. Love Nokia. Please come to Holland asap.... I need to buy it ...
  • Im adding to my att line..NEXT
  • Im adding to my att line.
  • IF I HAD A LOT OF MONEY I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT THE NOKIA ATLEAST TO SAVE IT FROM EVIL HANDS OF MICROSOFT, STILL I SAY ELOP PLANNED ALL THIS
  • If I had a lot of money I should have bought nokia to save it from evil hands of microsoft. Coz nokia value customers and microsoft dont
  • If I had a lot of money I should have bought nokia to save it from evil hands of microsoft. cos nokia value customers and microsoft dont
  • If I had a lot of money I should have bought nokia to save it from evil hands of microsoft. cos nokia value customers and microsoft dont
  • Can anyone confirm that US customers will be offered a choice of black and red only, whith the red being plastered with an enormous VERIZON 4G LTE logo? 
    We made this device in 4 colors.  Here, have your choice of the worst two. 
    Thanks US carriers! 
  • Yes ATT will get Black. Verizon will get Black and Red. White and Cyan are global models and carriers in the USA are not getting those colors. It is stated on Nokia USA website.
  • Can you pop an existing phone microsim in there and have it work for LTE?
  • I'm confused about the charging port.  Is it microUSB or something different?  And if it's something different, could you charge over the USB 3.0 port if you needed to.
    I never thought I'd want a Windows RT tablet, but this thing has me sold!
  • I believe the charging port uses a proprietary plug, and you should be able to charge through the USB 3.0 port same as you can with a 2.0 port.
  • Nokia spec sheet says a 2.5mm jack for the wall charger. I would think this is the same that Nokia uses on their Symbian devices. But yes I am almost certain that u can also charge via the micro usb port  just like the Symbian devices. Thus 2 options for charging.
  • Does the Surface 2 have NFC? I bought one and I dont even know 
  • Editor glitch... Please ignore
    Does the Surface 2 have NFC? I bought one and I dont even know 
     
  • No, it does not
  • No
  • No
  • Oddly, no.
  • Does the Surface 2 have NFC? I bought one and I dont even know 
  • I don't think so.
  • I'd really like one, but I have absolutely no use for an LTE tablet. Really wish I could have a Wi-Fi only model, but I know they'd never make it.
  • You could always buy it without a data plan. Or get it on subsidy with the lowest data plan. Depending on subsidy price, it probably won't exceed the price of the tablet itself by too much.
  • For some reason I was under the impression that it could only be purchased subsidized. If that's not the case, though, I'd definitely be interested in getting it if the price wasn't too steep. Better color choices that way, too. Black and Red only, and that hideous branding on Verizon? No thanks.
  • I'm no expert either, but I think it works the same as it does with phones - you can get one subsidized or pay full price without any plans.
  • I agree and I would prefer to buy these unlocked without going through the mobile carriers in the USA.  Since the 2520 has WIFI built in, isn't LTE optional and a service you can use month to month?  If not and you have to carry a contract, this might be a deal breaker.  Let's hope for retail outlets; Best Buy, OfficeMax, Target and the like, I'm talking to you!!  
  • Yeah, I believe you can buy it without a contract...but again, I'm no expert. I'm just basing it on how other tablets are treated. I'm hoping Best Buy carries it as well, but what I'm really curious about is if I take my LTE sim out of my 920 and put it in the 2520, will I be able to use my data that way?
  • I am thinking of that too. Also if that is at all doable, can I then use it as a phone since my 920 sim has a tel no assigned to it.
  • You could (probably) if the 2520 had any cellular radios inside, but I don't believe it does...unless it's hidden for something Nokia will use later...like how they did with the fm radio feature.
  • The 2520 has Wi-Fi and LTE...so that shouldn't be a problem? Or I am just showing my ignorance here of all things technical?
  • No ignorance by you, not sure you wouldn't want the option of using LTE of using it when wifi is either unavalable or incovenient. Some don't want to pay more for anything they don't think they need, thinking this would cost $130 less if it didn't have LTE. I had a friend years ago refuse to buy a desktop computer 'cause it came with a keyboard and mouse he didn't need and he couldn't get a discount if he ordered without.
    GPS though is a huge thing (for me) though. That is the number one reason I don't want the Surface or a Wi-fi only iPad. Along with the included downloadable maps of the nearly the entire globe with HERE maps.
  • Yeah that is awesome. This with a car mount - cheap global navigation?
  • GPS and compass are bigger deals for me actually.  Maps, gps tagged photos etc.
    Internet could be shared from other devices any time you want it.
  • I like it, i like it a lot
  • The cyan is mine!!!!!
  • The cyan is mine
  • Rich, did you fix the comparison chart to show Surface does indeed have MIMO?
  • Nice looking device but It's a pity Nokia didn't make an 8" version of this instead... looks nice but I have no interest for 10inch tablets so I'll be going for retina iPad Mini instead. 
  • soo your going to choose ios + iwork over w8.1 rt and office rt?
  • I can't help but want this. More appealing than surface 2 and i don't know why.
  • My guess is the eye-popping colors and thinness...at least that's what it is for me.
  • Surface 2 or 2520?    The blade possibilities keep bringing me back to the Surface!  Doesn't help they just released new video on youtube showing off the Music Blade.  What to do?
  • I was in that same mindset, but ultimately decided on the 2520. While I love the blades, the 2520 has too many other factors over the S2 that I couldn't ignore.
  • Looking to unlock your mobile? Go to www.cubeture.net, I just unlocked mine there and they supported my every need!
  • I'm hoping to set this for Xmas
  • what about flash player?
  • Flash is sopported by the browser officially (in desktop and metro).
  • Wish it included Qi wireless charging. Oh well. Maybe Gen 2 will have it... No wait, Microsoft will kill this tablet line when they take over... Surface, Surface, Surface. So sad.
  • They could very well take Nokia design and use it in Surface.
  • It does have wireless charging.
  • really? its not shown or mentioned in the manual.
  • Hmmm, that's interesting. I've seen on multiple sites listing it as having wireless charging. I wonder if it's up to the carrier. The way ATT is stripping down the Nokia hardware it wouldn't surprise me if they left this out. If that's true and Verizon keeps the wireless charging, then I'm buying the Verizon version.
  • I hope T-Mobile sells this with their awesome financing plan (16 dollars a month for a Nexus 7 for two years) and the 200MB of free data.
     
     
  • I really want this device to have Pro version of 8.1 instead of RT...=( ahhh well...
  • I want one, but I wish I could get it without LTE.  I will tether it to my phone for data, so I am just paying for an LTE chip that won't get used.  I like it better than the Surface 2, so I am torn between price and what I prefer.
  • Snapdragon 800 has LTE built-in. So you are just paying for the fastest chip :)
  • If you need a manual to understand the UI, maybe you need to rethink the UI
  • So you kind of were born with the internal knowledge of all the "ten-finger" ios gestures staff? You're lucky guy.
  • Ha!  Well said, sir.
  • I'll buy this over surfuce
  • I hope they make a case with a integrated kick stand, although the dock has it by design, I really don't want to be clipping on the dock every time I want to watch a movie lol. Also the one draw back about the dock is the usb ports.. they are on the back however on a desk they aren't an issue.
  • 2 few weird points i saw in this guide:
    1) it says maximum microsd capacity is 32gb. why is there no microsdxc compatibility (up to 64gb) like the surface rt/2 ?
    2) it also notes that the device has to be shutdown when inserting or ejecting the microsd-card. why no hotswap-functionality like surface rt/2?
     
    and i hoped for a full-size usb 3.0 port, but this is apperently a surface only - feature. for me this fullsize-usb port and the kickstand built in make up a huge difference in usability and almost the reason why i think the surface 2 is the better tablet.
  • "Traversing home" lol. How big is your home that you have to traverse it, as opposed to walking through it? :)
  • The only sacrifice I see is the "micro USB". But that's just nit picking. This is a fantastic machine and I can't wait to pick one up!