Nokia on Tuesday announced the N1, what the company is calling the "first Nokia-branded Android tablet." The tablet will be launched in China in Q1 2015 with a brand-licensing agreement extending to an OEM
partner that will manufacture, distribute, and sell it. It will cost $249 (roughly Rs. 15,400) before taxes
With the launch of the Nokia N1 tablet, the company neatly bypasses the restrictions imposed by the Microsoft deal on using the brand name for smartphones or feature phones
The Finnish telecommunications giant says the Nokia N1 tablet features the "predictive Nokia Z Launcher" interface on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop, apart from a "carefully-crafted industrial design". Nokia says the N1 tablet features a "unique one-piece aluminium design with a soft finish", and will be available in Lava Grey and Natural Aluminium colours.
The Nokia N1 features a 7.9-inch (2048x1536 pixel) IPS LED-backlit display protected by Gorilla Glass 3, and is powered by a 64-bit 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor (4 cores, 4 threads) coupled with a PowerVR G6430 GPU and 2GB of LPDDR3 (800MHz) RAM. It sports 32GB of inbuilt storage (non-expandable)
Nokia's N1 tablet features an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with 1080p video recording, and a 5-megapixel fixed focus camera. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/n/ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB with reversible Type-C connector, and a 3.5mm audio jack
The N1 tablet from Nokia weighs in at 318 grams, and measures 200.7x138.6x6.9mm. Also onboard are 0.5W stereo speakers, and a 5300mAh battery. For sensors, it sports a 6-axis gyroscope and an accelerometer
Sebastian Nystrom, Head of Products at Nokia Technologies, who announced the N1 at the Slush technology conference in Helsinki, said, "We are pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into consumers' hands with the N1 Android tablet, and to help make sophisticated technologies simple. The N1 has a delightfully intuitive interface and an industrial design to match it. This is a great product for Nokia fans and everyone who has not found the right Android tablet yet."
As for the "predictive Nokia Z Launcher", Nokia says it helps users to "scribble a letter or two to find their content quickly. Over time the Z Launcher learns what applications are in use, and predicts and highlights the applications consumers are expected to want based on time of day and location."