In a move that could only be called as shocking, Nokia has decided to re-enter the consumer electronics segment by introducing its first Android tablet, the Nokia N1 at Slush 2014, Finland. Nokia has licensed its brand name to Foxconn which will manufacture these tablets for Nokia. The company claims that the agreement is framed in an manner which will ensure that Foxconn upholds the quality Nokia is associated with. Rumour has it that N1 is the first of many tablets to come and Nokia will be bringing in varying sizes, features and eventually going beyond the tablet segment. Currently Nokia is prohibited from entering into the mobile business until 2016 due its sale of Lumia and Asha brands to Microsoft just seven months ago.
Nokia’s Android 5.0 Lollipop installation on the Nokia N1 is basically stock, but it ships with a special tablet version of the Z Launcher app that is exclusive to the N1. Buyers can disable it or install other launcher apps if they choose, but Z Launcher is great to have on a tablet, where users tend to install even more apps than they do on smartphones. Interestingly N1 comes with a Micro-USB 2.0 with a Type-C reversible connector.