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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.  



Press Release

source: Nokia, Fast FT

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posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:25 38

1. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; 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: 1384; 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: 1384; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Does it support cellular network????

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:33

11. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Don't know yet.

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, 21:18

176. yuepc000 (Posts: 16; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


No 2g/3g/4g? What a shame. I'll pass.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:57 2

81. juandante (Posts: 463; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Elop have been Eloped

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:10 2

90. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1384; 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 19 Nov 2014, 00:20

178. Zylam (Posts: 666; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:40

26. rd_nest (Posts: 1591; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


It's a Foxconn tablet with Nokia brand name.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:01 6

46. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1373; 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, 17:48

154. jroc74 (Posts: 5995; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


If thats the case, the iPhone is a Foxconn phone.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 20:32

161. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Foxconn makes all the Apple pads, too.

What's your point?

Apple designs it, Foxconn builds it.

Now...Nokia also designs it, Foxconn also builds it.

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, 05:33 4

73. Johnnokia (Posts: 1062; 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, 05:38 1

76. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; 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: 230; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


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

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:38 2

104. Finalflash (Posts: 2791; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yea, they're hardcore iFags, but that is fine, at least it is good to see Nokia testing the Android waters again. Can't wait till they can make phones again.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 07:56 1

123. afraaa (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


they are apple dog . look at their review of nexus devices .. i really hate them and never open their website again ... they always say badthing about android since first nexus

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:07 2

87. jroc74 (Posts: 5995; 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, 08:17 2

128. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Give them maybe two years. Maybe less, but phones are in Nokia's DNA.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 20:37

162. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


If the X line were full on Android, regardless of down-tuned specs (*Elop*) and a forked OS (*Elop*), I would've stockpiled them.

Good to see the farmers coming back to their senses now that the pigs are out of the barn.

Microsoft fan boys...enjoy the middle finger you're getting now...

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 09:25 1

141. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1235; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


True that! Actaully when I read the headline...my first thought was why Nokia why?

But after reading about the product and pricing, hell to the yeah....take my money.
This is a company that had refused to innovate and provided sub-par phones in the age of smartphones at premium pricing just because of their brand equity. They just refused to innovate. However they learnt tht hard way that it could only carry them so far.

I am ecited to see a great product offering at a price for the masses from Nokia! And they have delivered! I am happy for Nokia!

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:39 9

22. rd_nest (Posts: 1591; 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, 04:46 9

31. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


SSShhhhh... don't ruin it.

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, 05:34

75. rd_nest (Posts: 1591; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


I am talking about this N1.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:28 1

98. meanestgenius (Posts: 10202; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Still trolling?

BlackBerry didn't even have the Foxconn deal when the Z10 was released. That didn't happen until after John Chen came aboard. At least TRY and get the facts straight, troll boy.

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, 06:09 2

89. jroc74 (Posts: 5995; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


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

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:05 7

49. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1373; 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: 681; 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: 1562; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


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

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, 05:39

78. sip1995 (Posts: 1562; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I meant android patent fees...

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 09:04

137. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


android also pay some patents for nokia i think?

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:36 1

102. x_maly_x (Posts: 72; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


They sold RIGHT to use patents for 10 years. RIGHT to use name Nokia to 2015r and RIGHT to use Here for 4 year.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 17:45

153. jroc74 (Posts: 5995; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


In case you missed it, this is designed by Nokia.....just like Foxconn manufacture iPhones...designed by Apple.

Cant spin this another way, sorry.

This is Nokia going all in on Android, just for tablets so far. When they do a full fledged Android phone....heads are gonna explode.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 20:39

163. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


You have no clue what you're talking about...

posted on 19 Nov 2014, 06:27

179. giri.1131 (Posts: 22; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


No it is manufactured by foxconn but designed and brand licensed by nokia . . So this is a nokia design
Process is like apple, designing and branding will be nokia whereas only the manufacturing will be done by foxconn :)

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, 04:55 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, 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, 06:46 3

108. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Crazy simplification! I have plenty of money, but I hate the horrid iOS UI and I hate iTunes, so I'm not buying an iPad regardless of it's price...

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 07:11 1

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


I own an iPad mini since long time for your info and its not about what you can afford its about what value for your money you get in return in which iPads are a failure. Also in my iPad when I delete a song from a playlist still those songs get played and I have to create a new playlist everytime. These are the bugs. I have not experience bugs on my S3

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:04 2

84. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


i feel like crying now... :')

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:19 3

93. marcski07 (Posts: 598; 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! :)

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:47 2

110. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Calm down, and stop yelling...

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 08:34 1

132. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


lol, sorry, didn't mean to type in caps-lock, i'm just so excited. :D

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 06:34 3

101. UglyFrank (Posts: 1601; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Should be more powerful than an IPad Air Mini Retina

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 07:16

117. irbaaz (Posts: 163; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


Why it is looking like me as bigger iphnone 6

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 07:57

124. maherk (Posts: 3464; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


It looks like a freaken iPad Air, of course it has a great design, but i won't be giving any props for Nokia in this matter, it is Apple's design. If this is Nokia's strategy, then i am sorry i won't be that excited for their future plans, because what's next? An iPhone 6 design that it is branded N2? Lame.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 08:34 2

133. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


this is the BEST NEWS I'VE HEARD IN YEARS! All we need is a HIGH END ANDROID PHONE FROM NOKIA AND I'M SOLD!!

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 13:31 2

146. mmmanuuu (Posts: 400; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Nokia cant make phones because microsoft bought their device s**t right. Well make some phablets then. Where is that sick saddistick m0t5erfu6king stephen elope.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:25 5

2. gigantos (Posts: 63; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)


Great!

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:35 3

14. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1384; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


N1. Kinda reminds me of the old N series Nokia devices. Keep support it with software update , nice elegant looking device with great price tag. Make it available world wide.

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:38 7

16. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Totally agreed. The design itself looks iPad killer.
Seems like perfect device for its price!

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:28 5

3. timukh (Posts: 292; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


If nokia is serious about updates then this slab might just kill nexus 9!! I am very impressed with the design, form factor and obviously the price!!

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 05:44 5

79. steodoreben (Posts: 230; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


I'm very impressed with the design of Nokia N1 over the Nexus 9. Apple fan boys will totally hate Nokia N1 this time due to its resemblance to iPad mini. Job well done Nokia, nice move. :3

posted on 18 Nov 2014, 04:30 1

5. nazyr1803 (Posts: 91; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


OH MY GOD!! So that's why Nokia makes the Z launcher. I love to see this in Malaysia. And maybe i go for it rather that ipad mini.

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