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Nokia N1 Android tablet is announced with $249 price tag

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Nokia N1 Android tablet is announced with $249 price tag

We knew that Nokia was up to something after seeing yesterday's teaser, and now we know what's been hiding in the mysterious black box. Meet the Nokia N1 tablet – a compact, stylish, and inexpensive tablet running Google's Android operating system.

Yes, folks, we're dealing with an Android slate here, but before we get to the software part of the deal, here's what you need to know about the tablet's design. The Nokia N1 is a sleek, aluminum-made device with a thickness of just 6.9 millimeters. And at 318 grams, the device is both slimmer and lighter than the leader in the segment, namely the iPad mini 3. During the announcement, Nokia pointed out that the lack of sharp corners make the device comfortable to hold even for prolonged periods of time. On the tablet's bottom you'll find a reversible USB 2.0 connector (type C). Sweet! The anodized, one-piece aluminum body of the N1 is treated to a Natural Aluminum or Lava Gray finish.

Nokia N1 Android tablet is announced with $249 price tag
On the front of the Nokia N1 resides a 7.9-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels and an aspect ratio of 4:3. We must absolutely mention Apple's iPad mini 3 again as it is matched by the N1, at least specs-wise. The fully laminated, zero air-gap screen is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 3. 

Under the hood of the Nokia N1 is tucked some pretty potent silicon, including a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor with a 2.3GHz maximum clock speed alongside a 533MHz PowerVR G6430 GPU, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. This hardware combo is nothing to frown at as it is about as capable as a high-end Snapdragon SoC, according to benchmarks. As far as connectivity goes, you get Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac at 2.4 and 5GHz and MIMO antennas for better reception. Alas, there's no GPS or cellular connectivity on board.

Turn the slate around and you'll find an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with 1080 video recording capabilities, which is pretty good for a tablet of this category. Video chats are made possible by a 5-megapixel front-facing cam. Audio is reproduced by a pair of 0.5W stereo speakers paired by a Wolfson WM8958E codec. Battery life details aren't being mentioned, but we're pretty sure that the N1's 18.5 Wh (5300 mAh) rechargeable lithium polymer battery won't disappoint.
 
As for the software running on the Nokia N1, the tablet will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop, but in a heavily modified form. On top of the platform will be layered Nokia's own Z launcher, which is built on the principles of simplicity and ease of use. The software simplifies the process of finding your apps by letting you scribble its name onto the screen. On top of that, the Nokia Z launcher takes the time of the day and the user's location into account to bring relevant applications at the user's fingertips. For example, entertainment apps are suggested in the evening, when the user is at home, while productivity apps are prioritized at the office. You can give Nokia Z launcher a try on your Android device, in case you're interested.

So, how do you get one of these sweet Nokia N1 tablets? Well, you can't, at least not yet. The Nokia N1 will be released in early 2015, just in time for the Chinese new year. Nokia is planning on launching the slate in China for a price around $249 before taxes, with "anticipation of expanding sales" to other parts of the world. Further availability details remain unclear for now. 

UPDATE: The Nokia N1 tablet will be manufactured by Foxconn – the OEM that builds a huge fraction of the electronics on the market, including Apple's iPhone and iPad. The actual design of the product, however, is Nokia's work, and Nokia will be receiving licensing fees for the use of its brand name. With the N1, Nokia is aiming to deliver a tablet as good as the iPad mini, but at a lower price point, clarified Nokia's technology chief Ramzi Haidamus.  



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source: Nokia, Fast FT

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posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:25 38

1. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


F**k yeah!
Great design and great pricing!
I love you Nokia :)

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:28 28

4. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1485; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Well... Yeah.... Can't kill the king that easily.....

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:30 1

7. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1485; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Does it support cellular network????

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:33

11. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Don't know yet.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:39 9

22. rd_nest (Posts: 1618; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


It's NOT designed or made by Nokia. It's totally done by Foxconn. It just has the Nokia brandname. NOkia licensed it's brand to Foxconn.

In trust, this is just a Foxconn tablet with a Nokia logo.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:40

24. Legatus (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


No, Nokia can't make any 2g/3g/4g device. So it's only wifi

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:40

26. rd_nest (Posts: 1618; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


It's a Foxconn tablet with Nokia brand name.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:46 9

31. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


SSShhhhh... don't ruin it.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:50

32. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


believe it or not I had an intuition Nokia would be up with a Tablet for today. Awesome and the pricing too!! RIP all competitors.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:50 2

33. SaintHelena (banned) (Posts: 397; Member since: 05 Nov 2014)


You must be talking about Blackberry z10. Design, build, and sold by foxcon.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:55 7

42. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


RIP iCrap pad mini 3.. This product shows how iCraps are immorally priced just to satisfy the giant Sheep called Cook's $400M hunger.
Great Nokia!! iCrap will again be bankrupted like in the 1999 and we would laugh again!!

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:56 9

43. freeze360 (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)


Isin't Iphones manufactured by FOxconn

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:58 8

44. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


This move is a tight slap on Flop's ugly face!!!

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:01 6

46. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1571; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Yes cause foxconn is know for DESIGNING things. They just manufacture products. They don't design them. Anyway thanks for the laugh.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:05 7

49. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1571; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Foxconn, the Chinese technology group that builds the iPhone for Apple, will manufacture the Android-based tablet from designs and standards provided by Nokia. The Finnish group will receive a licence fee for the use of its brand.
http://www.ft.com/fastft/238102/nokia-launches-tablet-partnership-with-foxconn
Ye it is designed by nokia.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:09

52. nodes (Posts: 756; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


it's an iPad with Nokia logo and brand.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:26 1

65. sip1995 (Posts: 1611; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


It's ironic...now Nokia has to pay patent fees to Microsoft....LOL

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:31 1

69. max9777 (Posts: 78; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


You sir need a chill pill.

What do you care who releases what?? You are right Ipad's are expensive, but apple year of year showed that they can provide a stable and durable tablet and easy to use, hence why people buy them.. Like it or not, it is what it is. If you have the money you buy an iPad, if you cannot afford it, well maybe you end up with a Nokia N1 or Amazon Fire tablets.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:32

70. max9777 (Posts: 78; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


I do think that will happen, Nokia only sold Microsoft the mobile platform and their patents. I think Nokia still owns all the rest of the patents they had.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:33 4

73. Johnnokia (Posts: 1127; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Tomorrow is the announcement of Nokia's first smartphone runs Android that manufactured by Jolla

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:34

75. rd_nest (Posts: 1618; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


I am talking about this N1.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:38 1

76. DogeShibe (Posts: 1115; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


This could be true.
In Jolla's website there if a countdown for something big!
Today was great day :)

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:38 2

77. steodoreben (Posts: 326; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


The Verge is such an asshole. goo.gl/TEgRwv

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:39

78. sip1995 (Posts: 1611; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I meant android patent fees...

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:57 2

81. juandante (Posts: 525; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Elop have been Eloped

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:04 2

84. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


i feel like crying now... :')

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:07 2

87. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yes...this is full fledged Android right here. Even tho its a tablet....

I see future Nokia phones running full fledged Android coming.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:09 2

89. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


SSShhhhh.......dont ruin it.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:10 2

90. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1485; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Things are now started to backfire lol..
"When you marooned me on that god forsaken spit of land, you forgot one very important thing, mate: I'm The king, Nokia."

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:19 3

93. marcski07 (Posts: 600; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


WE HAVE TO BUY THEM TO SUPPORT THEIR PRODUCT MAYBE THIS IS THEIR TEST IF THEY STILL HAVE TO GO BACK IN SMARTPHONE INDUSTRY! :)

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