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Nokia N1 Android Lollipop tablet revealed

by Mark Tyson on 18 November 2014, 12:05

Tags: Nokia (NYSE:NOK), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), PC

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In a rather surprising move Nokia is back in the devices business already. The first device it has shown off was teased yesterday and revealed today as the Nokia N1 Android tablet. The Verge reports that the design and specs of the Nokia N1 give it more than a passing resemblance to the Apple iPad Mini.

In the video above and the pictures within this article you can see the design quite clearly so I don't need to comment further on that and how similar it might be to this and that tablet. Let's have a look at the technical specifications:

  • Screen: 7.9 inch (4:3), 2048x1536 resolution, Gorilla glass 3, IPS panel with LED backlight, Fully laminated zero air-gap display
  • Processor: Intel 64-bit Atom Processor Z3580, 2.3 GHz paired with 2GB of RAM
  • Graphics: PowerVR G6430, 533 MHz
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Audio: High Quality Discrete Audio Codec, Wolfson WM8958E, independent audio codec, two 0.5W stereo speakers
  • Camera: 8 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus, 5 MP front-facing fixed focus camera, plus 1080p video recording
  • Connections and sensors: 3.5 mm audio, Micro-USB 2.0 with a Type-C reversible connector, Digital MIC Cavity, 6-axis Gyro+ Accelerometer, Wi-Fi, (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4GHz & 5GHz) with MIMO, Bluetooth, BT 4.0
  • Battery: 5,300mAh
  • Physical properties: One piece aluminium design with 'sandblasted' satin finish, 200.7 x 138.6 x 6.9mm, 318g
  • Software: Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nokia Z launcher

Looking though the hardware and construction details the tablet appears to be a well rounded modern device, one of the first to include the reversible Type-C USB connector, for instance. (However I personally like devices with styluses equipped.)

Nokia seeks to differentiate this new tablet from the host of Android alternatives with its Nokia Z Launcher UI. It claims that its launcher can serve up "the app you want before you want it". This launcher is simple and intuitive and users can "just scribble a letter to find what you’re looking for – instantly". The launcher also uses your geographic position to estimate the apps which will be useful for you. Interestingly Engadget reports that other Android device users will be able to download Z Launcher from Google Play shortly.

The Nokia N1 is expected to start appearing in stores from February next year. It will initially roll out in China at around $249 equivalent in local currency and from that start will roll out to Russia and "select European countries," says The Verge.

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I'm not normally one to say this, but that looks very familiar to a tablet already on the market by a well known fruity firm.
I'm not normally one to say this, but that looks very familiar to a tablet already on the market by a well known fruity firm.

Go on, be brave, spell it out: we all know you mean Kumquat Computer Corp.
If they could bring this into the UK market for under £200 (which I believe is doable if we translate $250+20% VAT to £) then it should do well.

They're probably gonna be too late to the party though - if they released it for xmas I'm sure it would be a hit with a lot of people, especially the general public, as they would have all heard of Nokia.
Despite it's similarity to a well known company's effort, I really like this.

My only issue is that there's no confirmation or showing of any Google Apps thus far..
I certainly wasn't expecting this!

Seeing as Samsung have been slammed for their devices being strangely similar to Apple devices (when actually they werent really), this is a pretty bold move for Nokia. It looks almost identical to an iPad.