Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Specs Comparison

Written by B Johnson January 21, 2015
Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Specs Comparison
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Despite having great quality offerings around the tablet market, both Nokia and Sony are definitely not on the same level with Apple and Samsung when it comes to making tablets that sell great like hotcakes.

And that shows perfectly by their sales number and market share in this industry, although Sony is still far better than Nokia in terms of popularity.

(Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Specs Comparison)

However, despite not being as popular as iPad or Samsung flagship tablets, 2 tablets from these companies - Nokia Lumia 2520 and Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet – are actually still decent quality tablets in the whole aspect.

In fact, thanks to the water and dust proof certification found on Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, i think this tablet could turn out to be the right contender for iPad Air, especially when knowing that this device also has gorgeous looking display and premium design plus solid build quality just like iPad.

Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet benchmarks and gaming performance

Meanwhile, Nokia Lumia 2520 also deserves its place on today’s tablet market alongside iPad Air 2 and other flagship devices out there, especially because this device has advanced camera optics along with its technology, plus high-grade specs and powerful performance.

Not to mention, thanks to its keyboard case/cover and a serious productivity platform, this tablet makes iPad Air 2 look like a toy.

Anyway, in the past few days, i’ve been showing you here the comparison reviews between Nokia Lumia 2520 against its rivals.

Today, i want to keep the momentum going by cranking out more of the comparison review between this Nokia’s tablet against other equal device.

And as i mentioned already above, the tablet that i’m about to put in the same ring with Nokia Lumia 2520 is no other than Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.

Well, if you want to more about my comparison between these Nokia and Sony tablets, including my scrutiny on their gaming experience and performance, then here you go, my comparison review between Nokia Lumia 2520 and Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.


When tablet market is dominated by pure media-consumption tablets like iPads, Samsung GALAXY Tab S or Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, Nokia interestingly wants to try something else compared to its rivals.

Through Nokia Lumia 2520, it’s really obvious that this Finish-based manufacturer wants to make a tablet that could embrace many consumers on the market.

At the glance, this tablet may be more prominent as a productivity device – especially thanks to Windows RT platform and keyboard dock/case.

However, if we explore more about this device, Nokia Lumia 2520 can actually be great as well to do many many other things outside productivity stuff – like media-consumption tablet, photography device, music player and even gaming tablet.

The same applies to Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.

This tablet may not be intended as a productivity device just like Nokia Lumia 2520.

However, thanks to its high-grade specs, gorgeous display, premium looking design and powerful gaming performance, not to mention its ‘water and dust proof’ certification, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is also a really decent quality tablet in the whole aspect.

But the questions remain. With all of the high-end quality hardware and powerful performance found on both devices, which one between Nokia Lumia 2520 and Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet that will come out as the best gaming tablet in this comparison review?

Which one between these 2 tablets that is a better device in the whole aspect?

Is it worth it to buy any of these tablets, especially for playing heavy 3D games?


The design of Nokia Lumia 2520 is actually still inspired by Nokia’s own Lumia smartphones.

And that can be seen clearly on how this tablet still inherits the same sharp looking design concept, especially with its less-rectangular corners, instead of rounded corners on vast majority tablets on the market today, including the iPads.

It goes the same with its rear cover, which uses matte finish all over the place, which is not as premium as iPad, but still feels comfortable to hold and use.

Not to mention, there’s also this keyboard case cover that ships with Nokia Lumia 2520, which is the reason why this tablet is intended by the manufacturer as a productivity tablet.

Nokia Lumia 2520
Nokia Lumia 2520
Sony Xperia Z2
Sony Xperia Z2

Similar just like Nokia Lumia 2520, the design of Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is also not a huge departure from its predecessor – Sony Xperia Z Tablet.

So basically, it still has that sharp looking design and dark black coating all over the place.

Not to mention, there is also this same metal trim all around the bezels, but looks much darker compared to the metal trim on the previous-gen model.

The good news is, the ‘water and dust proof’ resistant of this tablet is now much improved even further, thanks to IP58 certification, as opposed to the IP57 on predecessor.

This actually only improves its ‘water proof resistant’ and allows this device to ‘swim’ inside the water for 30 minutes, of course at certain depth (1 meter if i’m not mistaken).

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Nokia Lumia 2520Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE

4G LTE (Micro-SIM)
Released December 2013
615 g (Weight)
10.1 inch IPS LCD touchscreen 1080 x 1920 pixels (~218 ppi) 16M colors
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
ClearBlack display
Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Chipset
Adreno 330 GPU
Microsoft Windows RT
6.7 MP rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics and 1080p @30fps Video recording
2 MP front-facing camera with 720p@30fps microSD card slot for up to 64 GB
32 GB Internal storagevideo recording ability
Bluetooth v4.0
No Java
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass Sensors
Non-removable 8120 mAh battery

    4G LTE
    439 g (Weight)
    Released March 2014
    10.1 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 1200 x 1920 pixels, (~224 ppi pixel density). 16M colors
    Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801 Chipset
    Adreno 330 GPU
    3 GB RAM
    Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat
    8.1 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus
    2.2 MP front-facing camera
    microSD card slot for up to 64 GB
    16 GB of Internal storage
    Triluminos display
    X-Reality Engine
    IP58 certified: dust proof and water resistant 1 meter and 30 minutes
    Accelerometer, gyro, compass Sensors
    Non-removable Li-Po 6000 mAh battery


    When it comes to sharpness of display, i think it’s quite obvious that both Nokia Lumia 2520 and Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet are equally powerful in that department.

    Nokia Lumia 2520 comes with a 10.1-inch display sporting the full HD 1920x1200 pixels, as well as Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet that also ships with the same exact full HD display.

    However, in terms of overall quality, i think Sony’s tablet is more superior than Nokia Lumia 2520.

    And that’s mostly because on this sequel model, Sony has made a lot of improvements on its display and in fact, addressed some of the flaws found on the display of predecessor – Sony Xperia Z Tablet.

    And that can be seen clearly from its color saturation and viewing angle of its screen, compared to the previous-gen model.

    So according to many reviews, the display of Sony Xperia Z Tablet has bad viewing angle and its colors also look washed out, totally ruining the experience of using this device.

    But the good thing is, Sony really listens to its users’ complaints and makes it up on the second-gen model.

    Not only does the screen of Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet look more gorgeous with good viewing angle and popping out colors, but it also brings a lot of improvements along with new screen technology made by Sony itself.

    This is the main reason why the screen of Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is more impressive and superior than Nokia Lumia 2520, despite having the same exact full HD resolution.

    But even so, the screen of Nokia Lumia 2520 of course still looks as sharp as Sony’s tablet and i believe it’s still more than good enough for its users.

    User Interface

    As 2 tablets powered by 2 different platforms, of course both Nokia Lumia 2520 and Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet come with entirely different UIs on their platforms.

    And that’s what exactly happens on these 2 devices. The UI of Nokia Lumia 2520 with its Windows RT OS of course looks and works differently with the Android UI of Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.

    And by ‘looks and works differently’, i meant they both have completely different UIs with different design layout, features and theme.

    The Android UI of Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet – as you know already – is not such a huge departure from the UI of predecessors, even the old-gen Sony Xperia S Tablet.

    It still inherits the same dark-themed live wallpaper – of course different wallpapers -, the same design layout (homescreen with widget element) and the same looking icon pack on its pre-loaded apps.

    Anyway, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet comes pre-installed with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, but i believe the next update to Lollipop is on its way in the near future.

    Meanwhile, similar just like Sony’s tablet, the UI of Nokia Lumia 2520 also still looks and works relatively similar with the Windows RT of other devices – like Surface RT for example.

    So the homescreen is filled with box-shaped Live Tiles, the design layout is using horizontal overview layout and of course – as a productivity-centric tablet -, there are also some additions of features not to mention productivity-related apps from Microsoft – such Office software, Paintbrush and many more.

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    As far as the gaming performance is concerned, i think it’s quite obvious that both Nokia Lumia 2520 and Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet are equally powerful and great for gaming.

    And that’s shown perfectly by their high-grade quality hardware specs found inside these tablets.

    Nokia Lumia 2520 is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor along with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM, while Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet looks more promising with a much newer Snapdragon 801 processor along with Adreno 330 GPU and a bigger 3GB of RAM.

    Basically, with these 2 types of hardware specs, both Nokia Lumia 2520 and Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet are more than adequate to execute even the latest and most graphically demanding games on the market today – like Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8: Airborne and even GTA San Andreas -, all in buttery smooth performance with no lag and of course, in full highest graphics.

    However, if compared side-by-side against each other, when it comes to gaming experience as a whole, i think Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is a much better and more superior gaming tablet than Nokia Lumia 2520.

    And it’s not only because it comes with a newer-gen Snapdragon 801 processor and bigger 3GB of RAM, but it’s also because this Sony’s tablet has a much bigger game catalog on Google Play Store, thanks to Android platform.

    And this really contradicts with the Windows RT OS of Nokia Lumia 2520 that even until today, is still playing catch up with Android and iOS, in terms of market share and app catalog.

    So as a result, on Windows RT MarketPlace, you’ll have a hard time to find many of your favorite games – and apps as well – that you’ve come to love on Android and iOS.

    On this Windows RT, Nokia Lumia 2520 may have many popular apps like Modern Combat 5, GTA San Andreas, Asphalt 8: Airborne, FIFA 2014, Dead Space and many more.

    However, for other games like Dead Trigger, ShadowGun, Horn and many other more, they are still not available for this platform.

    So if you’re really into gaming, then i strongly recommend you to pick up Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet instead of Nokia Lumia 2520.

    They both may be on par in gaming performance, however, the lack of game catalog on Nokia Lumia 2520 really makes this device a less ideal tablet for gaming.


    If there is one strength found on both of these devices, then it’s definitely their cameras.

    So Nokia Lumia 2520 is equipped with a 6.7MP rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics and 2MP camera on the front to do selfies.

    Meanwhile, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet looks more promising with 8.1MP and 2.2MP cameras back and front.

    However, there is one thing that puts them on the same level. And that is the absence of LED flash on these tablets.

    But even so, the cameras of both Nokia Lumia 2520 and Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet are still reliable especially if you’re really into photography.

    In fact, you can totally count on their cameras to take decent quality shots, thanks to the Nokia and Sony’s years of experience and developments of their camera technology.

    So if you’re looking for a decent powerful tablet that has great sharp cameras, then you’ll make no mistake if you pick up any of these tablets.

    They both are more than capable to take sharp quality photos and videos.

    Battery Life

    On paper, Nokia Lumia 2520 looks more superior than Sony’s tablet in terms of battery life.

    It comes with a huge 8120mAh battery, as opposed to the smaller 6000mAh battery capacity found inside Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.

    That’s probably true because – besides sporting the same full HD display just like Sony’s device -, Nokia Lumia 2520 also comes with Windows RT platform, which is the light-weight version of the full-fledged Windows 8 Pro OS.

    So when it comes to longevity, of course Nokia Lumia 2520 is more longer to survive than Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.

    However, in the real-life implementation, apparently that’s not the case here because according to GSMarena, it’s actually Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet that is more powerful in battery life than Nokia Lumia 2520.

    It’s able to survive around 13 hours in talk time and 188 hours in music play, as opposed to the 10 hours of talk time and 600 hours of standby on Nokia Lumia 2520.

    I believe this has something to do with the new screen technology that Sony crams inside this device – like X-Reality Engine and Triluminos technology – that is more efficient with the use of battery, despite using the same full HD resolution.

    So basically, for playing music, you can use this Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet for even many many days in the long run.

    Meanwhile, for moderate use, this Sony’s device is of course capable to deliver you an all-day-long battery life.

    However, when deployed with some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all, the battery life of Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet could drain significantly faster to probably just around 5 to 7 hours, maybe less maybe more, depending on some certain factors like screen brightness, the use of running apps in the background, the use of live wallpaper and many more.

    My Personal Opinions

    In final conclusion, i think it’s pretty difficult to determine which one between these 2 tablets that is a better tablet in the whole aspect.

    I mean, they both are equally great on many sectors – especially hardware specs – and they are also really impressive to use for many things – like for watching HD videos, reading books/magazines, taking photos, recording videos, listening to music and of course playing games.

    Both of these 2 tablets also have their own strengths and weaknesses compared against each other.

    Nokia Lumia 2520 may have the keyboard case/cover, a more serious productivity software and of course, a much larger battery capacity.

    However, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is also really prominent and in fact, more superior than Nokia Lumia 2520 when it comes to design, build quality, processor, display quality, battery life, camera, ‘water and dust proof’ certification and the most importantly, app/game catalog.

    But when compared side-by-side in the whole aspect, i think it’s really obvious that Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is just far more powerful than Nokia Lumia 2520 on many sectors of the device.

    The most prominently is of course its game/app catalog on Google Play Store.

    So thanks to Sony’s smart decision to go with Android platform for its tablet, this Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet has a way bigger and healthier game/app catalog compared to the Windows RT platform on Nokia Lumia 2520.

    This can be crucial because if any tablet is not supported by huge and fast growing ecosystem, then it’s a matter of time that device will become outdated over the time.

    And that’s what exactly happens on this Nokia’s tablet.

    Given that Windows RT OS is still playing catch up with Android and iOS in terms of app catalog, ecosystem and market share, then there are still many popular apps and games on Android and iOS that are still not available on Windows RT, forcing users to find the alternatives that certainly are not as good as the original versions.

    So if you buy this Nokia Lumia 2520, you must also accept the fact that many of your favorite games and apps that you’ve come to love on Android and iOS will not be available on this device.

    However, this really contradicts with the Android platform on Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet that enables you to play almost all of the popular apps and games that you see today on the market.

    And thanks to high-grade powerful specs found inside this Sony’s tablet, you’re also able to play even the latest and most graphically demanding games in smooth performance, even in full graphics.

    But at the end of the day, i think both of these 2 tablets are still great overall, in the whole aspect.

    And the final decision to buy any of these devices will totally come down to your personal preference and needs as well.

    I mean, if you’re looking for a decent powerful productivity-dedicated tablet with great performance, sharp display and camera, and good battery life, then Nokia Lumia 2520 can still be a great choice for you.

    But of course, you must also accept its limitation in terms of game/app catalog.

    Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a decent pure media-consumption and gaming tablet with sharp display, great camera, long battery life and premium design, then Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is definitely your destination here.

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