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Nokia re-enters the hardware game with familiar-looking N1 tablet

Nokia re-enters the hardware g...
Nokia's latest hardware comes in the form of a solid, familiar-looking Android tablet
Nokia's latest hardware comes in the form of a solid, familiar-looking Android tablet
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Nokia's latest hardware comes in the form of a solid, familiar-looking Android tablet
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Nokia's latest hardware comes in the form of a solid, familiar-looking Android tablet
The tablet features a 7.9-inch 2,048 x 1,536 display
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The tablet features a 7.9-inch 2,048 x 1,536 display
The stylings are strongly reminiscent of Apple's iPad mini 3
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The stylings are strongly reminiscent of Apple's iPad mini 3
The tablet will be available in a choice of two colors
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The tablet will be available in a choice of two colors
At just 6.9 mm (0.27 in) thick, the N1 is one of the thinnest tablets available
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At just 6.9 mm (0.27 in) thick, the N1 is one of the thinnest tablets available
Nokia has made one small tweak to the platform in the form of the Z Launcher
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Nokia has made one small tweak to the platform in the form of the Z Launcher
The Z Launcher allows users to quickly search for apps and content by scribbling letters on the display
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The Z Launcher allows users to quickly search for apps and content by scribbling letters on the display
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While Nokia may have relinquished its hold on the Lumia brand, it’s not finished making hardware just yet. The company has never been famous for its tablets, but the N1 looks to be a solid offering, with a sharp 7.9-inch panel, 64-bit processor and the latest version of Android.

The first thing you’ll notice about the N1 is its ... familiar look. The design is strongly reminiscent of the iPad mini (to the degree that it gives Xiaomi a run for its money), anodized aluminum build and all.

It measures just 6.9 mm (0.27 in) thick. That makes it 13 percent thicker than the iPad Air 2, but still among the thinnest tablets out there. It also has a sharp 2,048 x 1,536 display, which also happens to be the same resolution (and 4:3 aspect ratio) as the iPad mini.

The Z Launcher allows users to quickly search for apps and content by scribbling letters on the display
The Z Launcher allows users to quickly search for apps and content by scribbling letters on the display

Like the new Nexus 9 tablet, the N1 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop right out of the box. Nokia has made one small tweak to the platform in the form of the Z Launcher. The software allows users to quickly search for apps and content by scribbling letters on the screen, and learns when and where applications will be needed.

Elsewhere, there’s 32 GB on board storage, 8 MP and 5 MP rear and front-facing cameras, 2 GB RAM and a 2.3 GHz 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580. The tablet will be available in a choice of dark grey and silver.

The N1 is set to ship for US$250 (pre-tax), not a bad price for its solid spec sheet (the iPad mini 2 costs $50 more).

It isn't, however, going to be immediately available across the globe. Nokia plans to launch the N1 first in China in the first part of 2015, with a Russian launch scheduled down the line. The company has said it anticipates an expansion of sales to other markets, but it’s unclear when or if the tablet will hit US shelves.

Source: Nokia

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2 comments
Dawar Saify
If Nokia had stuck with Android in the first place, it would have been fully alive and well today, it's entire feature phone customer base would have eventually become it's own smartphone territory. It already had great innovation to take on Samsung like the good cameras on their phones. If any remnants of the employees who were innovative and hardworking remain, they can still carry the beacon forward with Android phones of exceptional quality and unique high end specifications. Today HTC build quality reminds one of Nokia. I am waiting to get my hands on an unlocked, rooted high end Nokia Android smartphone.
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Nokia's buil quality is still far better than many of the leading smartphone makers today. I was for a time even considering to byu a new Lumia phone and I would have done it. WM stopped me. The OS is very stable, but gives you absolute no freedom. One even cannot put a simple mp3 as a ringtone. You need to download an app first and the whole process takes too many time just for a ringtone. And the gadgets are here to make our lives easier, right? Nokia should have used Android.