After the N1 tablet, should Nokia also make an Android phone?

After the N1 tablet, should Nokia also make an Android phone?
When Nokia announced that it would sell its Devices and Services unit to Microsoft, it was pretty clear that the company would completely give up on manufacturing and selling mobile devices. However, it turned out that what’s left of Nokia didn’t really abandon the idea of being a gadget maker. Last month, the Finnish company announced the N1, its very first Android tablet.

While the Nokia N1 looks a bit too much like an iPad mini, customers are really excited about it. And for a good reason: this is a high-end, aluminum-made Android Lollipop tablet that will cost just $249.

Seeing that Nokia isn’t afraid to experiment, we were wondering: should the company also want to make Android smartphones? And by that we don’t mean handsets like those included in the Nokia X line (which can hardly be considered Android devices anyway, since they only promote Microsoft apps and services), but something similar to the N1 slate: high-end Lollipop smartphones with accessible prices.

It should be noted that, following its deal with Microsoft, Nokia isn't allowed to commercialize phones under its own name - not for 30 months after the deal was signed. But it will be able to do it once this agreement expires. So, what do you think? Should Nokia someday consider testing the waters with a true Android smartphone? Cast your votes in the poll below.

P.S.: the Nokia smartphone pictured above isn’t real, it’s a concept design from DeviantArt.

Should Nokia try to make an Android phone?

Yes. The result could be very interesting.
95.46%
No, I don't think it would be a good idea.
4.54%

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60 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Wish Amazon were selling the Nokia N1 now. Seems like a great tablet for the money.

14. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I will be the first one to buy Nokia Android phone. By 1-1-2016, Nokia will be able to manufacture cellphones. By 1-1--2016, Nokia will have the right to use PureView, ClearBlack, and all other services. Many people might say that is too late for Nokia to join Android right now, but I'm 100% sure that within few months after its smartphone production, the NEW Nokia will definitely be one of the five largest smartphones manufacturers. BECAUSE almost billions of people still trust and love Nokia. The problem was in their software (aka microsoft OS). No one ever has problem with Nokia's hardware, ever!

36. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Are you kidding me? Of course, Nokia needs to get back into the phone-making business!!

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I will buy a Nokia branded Android phone over Samsung anytime anywhere.

12. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Those who have voted no are mad. If Nokia makes a smartphone on the grounds of N1 with VFM pricing similar to N1 it would blow the Android world away. Nokia has a reputation for quality. It would be a direct attack on Samsung which makes good high end phones but garbage grade hanging-lagging-freezing mid-range phones. Also, Nokia making Android means death knell for Microsoft Mobile and Windows platform. anyways Windows doesn't have crucial apps like Gmail and Gmaps and ofcourse you can live without Apple and even Microsoft but not without Google.

53. OneTwo

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I completely agree with laughmi

35. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Same.

3. mohaned.ayman

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

IMO Nokia has been the best company making phones in terms of build quality and camera, so yes.. Indeed it would be more than interesting to see a pure Android device from Nokia, apart from the "android" Nokia X

4. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

This tablet is missing tegra k1 :(

20. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Missing the lag of the K1-64 defective design? I'd rather have the Intel chip. Maybe K2-64 will be a super chip, but K1-64 includes recycled Transmeta dynamic code translation that was proven to be a failure, i.e. it did well on benchmarks, but had all sorts of lags and jitters in real world usage.

59. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Are you talking about nexus 9? If yes then its a different chip and the one in nvidia shield is different. The one in shield tab is amazing . can run anything without any lag.

5. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I think at this point nokia should make partnership with google & make only nexus (nokia nexus sounds soo good) devices .in the mean time they can build up resources & ex employees will join them.

6. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Of course!...

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1408; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

As long as it's assembled by foxconn, I support

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Oh myy gowwwd xDD

8. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

As far as I know....nokia can't any with gsm/cdma technology as a part of deal with MS..that rules out a possibility of nokia smartphone.... Correct me if I'm wrong...

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

The question should be, will Nokia again rip-off Apple's design when making an android phone ? From consumers point of view not many would be interested. Since the devices and services division is already sold to MS you can't get that same awesome service centre coverage which Nokia use to have. All sales, distribution and warranty will also be handled by Foxconn and since their presence is negligible outside China I doubt the tablet or the phone will ever catch on.

18. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

I feel pity for your miserable dumbness. You are one of few that are not interested. Just watch the poll result moron. Nokia still has the right to use all its patents and technologies and it is able to re -produce smartphones after 2015. All your comments are clueless and biased. Just stop trolling and get a life.

26. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Instead of your endless bickering why not make a logical point to argue about ? Anyway, I am not gonna stoop to your level.... 'Nokia still has the right to use all its patents and technologies' - Why not read the comment before showing off your idiocy. Who said anything about patents and technologies, peanut brain ?! 'Just watch the poll result moron. ' Poll results are more of a fanboy opinion then anything else. No way 1000 internet votes will ever translate to anything concrete IRL. Those poll results also show iPhone loosing in every contest but does that mean iPhones don't sell ? PS: Do you even know what 're-produce' means ? lol

43. EnigmaticPsychotic

Posts: 70; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

Unfortunately his parents did.

27. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

yes it looks SIMILAR to the ipad mini but then again it's improved upon it's design from every single aspect

30. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Its far from similar its a BLATANT COPY ! Just look at these images: http://cdn.techpp.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/nokia-n1-ipad-mini1.jpg http://cdn.pocket-lint.com/r/s/628x/assets/images/phpkxt62h.jpg http://static.applenovinky.cz/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/18.jpg https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5602/15823333991_c6691b56d2.jpg Also, the exact same screen size the exact same resolution and the exact same camera placement with the same cut out. Exact same place for speaker placement and charging port. Same placement of volume rocker and the same design of button cut outs. Give me a break its a COPY and not SIMILAR ! So tell me how is that improved upon iPad's design in 'every single aspect' ? It even houses a smaller battery then iPad mini. And don't get me even started on the intel atom processor.

37. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

those were renders, have you seen original image from actual product? they are somehow different, though still tthey look same. nokia create render same as ipad mini, make media go crazy and talk about it, then in blink of an eye nokia become famous again. these are real pictures. http://i.imgur.com/tAgvA0S.jpg http://i.imgur.com/pEN371e.jpg and also nokia is known to use CBD to make front glass become dark hence it is difficult to differentiate between bezell and actual display. but nowadays apple products use this design from ipad to iphone 6 and 6+, i didnt see you shout article to article and say apple copy nokia design.

51. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL you posted the exact same pictures where I posted from how is that any different ?! So all of those things I mentioned in comment 30 are just a coincidence and N1 didn't copy anything ?! lol....give me a break dude. Using a technology is not a design copy. Its like saying all the touch displays are a copy too.

38. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

N1 has silver kinda linings on the sides which iPad mini (I own) doesn't have also the round button on iPad mini and N1. also loudspear placement is far in N1 compared to mini. Many things are copied but do remember that there isn't much to design in that small rectangle so similarities would always be there. Have to search for more differences :P

48. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

how has it improved thinner lighter smaller bigger camera both size fully lamented screen and intel's processor is fine the screen size isn't the exact same -_-

11. HOOHH13

Posts: 22; Member since: May 25, 2014

I am gonna get one if Nokia release a high-end flagship smartphone :)

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

You want my Nexus money Nokia? Earn it!

15. edelxander

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

Bring it on Nokia!

17. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

i thought Nokia is not allowed to make a phone anymore? but, if Nokia made one, as long as it support native video call, multitasking (and any other Symbian features), i'm going to buy one...

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