Nokia N1 Android tablet is announced with $249 price tag

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.  




source: Nokia, Fast FT

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  • Display 7.9" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 5300 mAh

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180 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

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

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

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

7. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Does it support cellular network????

11. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Don't know yet.

24. Legatus

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

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

176. yuepc000

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

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

81. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Elop have been Eloped

90. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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."

178. Zylam

Posts: 1751; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

26. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

It's a Foxconn tablet with Nokia brand name.

46. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

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

154. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

161. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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.

44. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

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

73. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

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

76. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

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

77. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

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

104. Finalflash

Posts: 4052; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

123. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 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

87. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yes...this is full fledged Android right here. Even tho its a tablet.... I see future Nokia phones running full fledged Android coming.

128. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

162. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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...

141. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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!

22. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

31. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

SSShhhhh... don't ruin it.

33. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

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

75. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

I am talking about this N1.

98. meanestgenius

Posts: 21025; Member since: May 28, 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.

43. freeze360

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 17, 2013

Isin't Iphones manufactured by FOxconn

89. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

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