Nokia has been struggling for some time now in the mobile market, fighting battles against both iPhone and Android it seemed it just couldn’t win. So, they sold off their Windows devices and services to Microsoft to let them continue that struggle and have returned with a brand new piece of hardware. The old saying, “if you can’t beat them, join them”, rings true here as Nokia’s chosen software for their new Nokia N1 tablet is Android 5.0. Perhaps Nokia learned a lesson from Blackberry and changed lanes early enough to make their brand viable again.
The Nokia N1 tablet is a 7.9″ 2048×1536 resolution slate that is eerily familiar to the iPad Mini yet is thinner and lighter than Apple’s offering (6.9mm, 318grams). The Nokia N1 is also cheaper, clocking in at $249, which is what just might give it an advantage. But don’t expect it in the US yet.
The internals include a 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. An 8-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 5-megapixel on the front. The tablet is also running the latest stock Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system along with Nokia’s custom Z launcher which they’ve been pushing on the Google Playstore, although this version is an exclusive tablet version only available on the Nokia N1. The Nokia N1 is also implementing the new reversible type-C USB connector in its design.
“We started looking around, we just didn’t find any good Android tablets out there,” says Brook Eaton, director for Nokia’s Z Launcher. “We have such a beautiful, simple, and elegant Z Launcher. Why not build a device that is also built on the same principles as being super simple and easy to use and elegant?” That’s essentially what Nokia has done to showcase its app. While Z Launcher is available on Android phones, and launches in the Google Play Store today, the tablet version is exclusive to the Nokia N1.
The Nokia N1 tablet has a planned Chinese launch of February 19th 2015 and will launch in Russia and select European countries soon after. No word on if or when it will be seen in the US. What do you think of Nokia’s Android tablet entry? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.