We’ve all been saying that Nokia is dead and won’t be back in the consumer space for a few years. Well, the Finnish giant isn’t going down anytime soon and it has surprised us by launching something we’ve only dreamt of over the past few years – An Android tablet. Called the Nokia N1, the slate is powered by the latest OS from Google and it comes with the company’s own Z launcher preloaded.
So how has this been made possible especially after all the talk about Nokia not being able to create devices under its own brand? Just so you know, as part of the Microsoft agreement, the company cannot use its name on smartphones until 2016, but nowhere does it say that it cannot build a tablet.
Judging by the Nokia N1 moniker, it’s pretty clear that the company will be going back to the old branding approach by reviving the popular ‘N’ series which was discontinued with the much-loved Symbain OS. The device flaunts a full metal design and it looks quite similar to Apple’s iPad.
Hardware-wise, it comes with pretty great features and it doesn’t cost much as well. Intel’s new Atom chip does the heavy lifting, while visuals arrive through a high resolution 7.9-inch display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
Nokia N1 specs at a glance:
– Android 5.0 Lollipop
– 2.3GHz quad core 64-bit Atom Z3580 processor
– PowerVR G6430 graphics
– 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 pixel IPS LCD touchscreen
– 2GB RAM, 32GB storage
– 5MP front camera, 8MP rear snapper
– 5300mAh battery
The Nokia N1 tablet will go on sale first in China from Q1 2015 for $249 sans taxes, followed by other markets. An Android smartphone from the Finnish isn’t entirely out of the question, but just don’t expect to see one arrive in the next couple of years.