Black Friday for Microsoft and Nokia fans may be coming a week early this year. According to a post on Windows Phone Central, Microsoft, Verizon, and AT&T will be rolling out a Santa’s bag of expected new products for the holiday shopping season on November 22, including the new XBox One, the Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet, and the Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphone. We’ve know that the Xbox One was headed for that date, but it looks like the two new Nokia Lumia products now have a date for sale. So, US Windows RT Tablet fans (there are a few of those around) will have something to look forward to the week before they stuff themselves with turkey.
Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet
AT&T and Verizon will offer different models of the Lumia 2520 Tablet. Verizon will have a red and black 32GB versions on sale for $499. AT&T will only have a black model for the same price. There is a rumored Black Friday deal that Verizon will be offering the Lumia 2520 Tablet for $399.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet is a Windows RT based Tablet and was announced several weeks ago and looks to be a rival to Microsoft’s own Surface 2 Tablet, also running Windows 8.1 RT. Given Microsoft’s impending purchase of Nokia, scheduled to be completed after the first of the year, it will be interesting to see how the Lumia 2520 sells next to the Surface 2 in Microsoft Stores.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 will be running on a Qualcomm 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset with LTE built in. The rear camera will deliver 6.7 megapixels through a 1.9 aperture, and the front camera will be 2 megapixels. Carl Zeiss optics are featured as is the case with most of Nokia’s devices. Note there is no WiFi only option scheduled to be released for the 2520. When announced the Nokia Lumia 2520 also came swathed in Cyan or White, but it looks like those colors won’t be available at AT&T or Verizon on launch day.
With anticipated midnight launches of the Xbox One at Best Buy and other retailers, it will also be interesting to see how and if Microsoft offers the Lumia 2520 at the same time in its own retail channels.
Read: GBM Xbox One Coverage
Nokia Lumia 1520 AT&T Only
The Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphone is a Nokia’s entry into the Phablet market featuring a 6 inch 1080 display. Running on a current-generation Snapdragon 800 2.2 Ghz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM and a 20 megapixel rear-facing camera that uses the Nokia PureView imaging technology first seen in the Nokia Lumia 920. AT&T pricing is expected to be $549 and $199 subsidized. The Nokia Lumia 1520 is an AT&T exclusive in the US at the moment.
Colors are black, white, yellow, and red. Note that the 1520 may have a larger Phablet sized screen but there is no wireless charging and the device will only come with 16GB of storage.
Mark your calendars.
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