Nokia N1 Android Lollipop Tablet: Specifications and Price

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.

The Nokia N1 sports a 7.9 inch unibody aluminum unibody with a laminated zero air gap display and comes with 2048 x 1536 (4:3) IPS LCD with Gorilla Glass 3 and runs a 64 Bit 2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor, PowerVR G6430 GPU with 2GB RAM. It also features  a 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a universal insertion 2.0 USB C-type port and a 5,300 mAh battery that Nokia says will provide up to 9 hours of usage time per charge.

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.

The Nokia N1 tablet will launch this coming February after Chinese New Year, and it will initially be available only in China. Nokia will then launch the tablet in Russia and several European markets in the months that follow, but the company currently has no plans to release the N1 in the United States. At $249 it’s an impressive and aggressive price point against Apple’s $399 for the latest iPad mini 3 or even the $299 price of the iPad mini 2. Nokia’s pricing will be key to how well the device is received when it launches next year. While most people might have counted out Nokia from the headset business, this launch has forced critics and fanboys to start hoping again.


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