Qualcomm Gushes Over Nokia's Windows 8.1 RT Tablet, Says It Trumps Surface 2 in Every Area

Nokia's recently announced Lumia 2520 tablet is drawing high praise from Qualcomm, the company who's Snapdragon 800 processor is powering the device. There's nothing unusual about that -- Qualcomm has a vested interest in the Lumia 2520's success -- but what's interesting is that the praise is coming at the expense of Microsoft's Surface 2 slate.

Though the Lumia 2520 and Surface 2 look very similar to each other and both are running ARM-based processors, Qualcomm is only powering one of the them. Microsoft opted to go with NVIDIA's Tegra 4 platform for Surface 2, and as far as Qualcomm is concerned, these two tablets aren't even on the same playing field.

Nokia Lumia 2520

Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management, told CNET the performance on the Lumia 2520 is "brilliant," adding that "It's really at the next level. It's not even really a contest. In every area, it's much bigger, faster, and lower power [than Surface 2]."

You would expect Talluri to extol the virtues of a slate running Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 processor over one that's equipped with NVIDIA's Tegra 4 chip, but there are some legitimate bragging points, starting with clockspeed. The Snapdragon 800 part in Nokia's tablet is clocked at 2.2GHz while the Tegra 4 processor in Surface 2 is racing along at 1.7GHz.

Qualcomm and its team have reason to feel giddy beyond the Lumia 2520. The company said its partners have lined up no less than 40 tablets using its processors, all of which should be introduced to the market within the next year.