Say Hello to the Nokia N1 Android Tablet

Yesterday, Nokia teased us with a black box, leading us to believe that they were gunning after the Apple TV set-top box market. It turns out that the Finns were targeting a different Apple product: the iPad mini. Nokia has just formally announced and revealed the all-new Nokia N1, an Android tablet with a 7.9-inch display.

Since Nokia can’t approach the smartphone or feature phone market for quite some time, due to the stipulations under the Microsoft deal, it decided that it was going to go in a slightly different direction. “They thought Nokia is dead,” said Nokia head of devices Sebastian Nystrom at the Slush technology conference earlier today. “I say, they couldn’t be more wrong.”

The funny thing, if you can even call it that, is that Nokia isn’t building this device themselves anyhow. They’re licensing their brand, design and software to a third party. From what we hear, the Nokia N1 tablet will be conveniently built by Foxconn, a Chinese company that’s already very familiar with this product category. The design is unmistakably “inspired” by the iPad mini with its 6.9mm thin one-piece aluminum body and zero air-gap display.

On the software side, the Nokia N1 separate itself from other Android tablets with the company’s unique Z Launcher, which lets you pull up apps by scribbling a letter on the home screen. Aside from that, we’re hearing it’ll get a 64-bit quad-core Atom processor from Intel, as well as a microUSB 2.0 port with a Type-C reversible connector.

Expect the Nokia N1 to launch first in China at an equivalent price point of $249 before presumably expanding to other markets globally. It’ll launch in Natural Aluminum and Lava Gray. This is what “thinking ahead” looks like?


Via TC

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