In 2013, Nokia sold off a major section of itself to Microsoft, waving goodbye to its Devices & Services division. Turns out you don’t need that particular area to still release a device running services, though.
On Tuesday, November 18, Nokia officially unveiled the N1 Android-based tablet. The device bears a unibody Aluminum construction, it runs Google’s newest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, and it bears Nokia’s proprietary software, the Z Launcher, as its entry point for the user. Nokia is also licensing its name, design and Z Launcher to Foxconn (a major supply partner to Apple). As a result, Foxconn will manufacture and sell the new tablet.
As far as specifications go, the N1 tablet features a 7.-inch display with a resolution of 2048×1536 resolution (the same size and resolution of the iPad mini 3). Under the hood, there is a 64-bit Atom Z3580 processor, 32GB of built-in storage and 2GB of RAM. On the back, there’s an 8-megapixel camera, and a 5MP front-facing shooter on the other side. On the bottom, near the charging port (which is a microUSB Type C reversible connector), there are stereo speakers. The battery measures in at 5300mAh, while the frame measures in at only 6.9mm-thick.
Nokia is looking to launch the N1 tablet in China at the early part of 2015, and it will cost only $249. Nokia says that other countries will be considered, and that the N1 tablet will launch “in other markets” at some point after the initial launch.
What do you think of the N1 tablet?