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Nokia Announces the N1: An Android-based Tablet!

Nokia may be at the dawn of its life as a brand name as far as phones go, but that doesn’t mean that they’re unable to pull a surprise string on us. Kind of reminds me of some protagonists in movies that are able to fire one last shot before he seemingly bites the bullet and then survives and saves the day. In the recently held Slush 2014 in Finland, the announced the N1, a brand new 7.9″ tablet running Android (yes, now let all the speculations commence, I have theories of my own :) )

Nokia N1 Specs

  • 7.9-inch, 2048×1536 (4:3) IPS LCD with Gorilla Glass 3 and fully laminated zero air gap display
  • 64-bit 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor with PowerVR G6430 GPU
  • 2GB RAM, 32GB internal non-expandable memory
  • 8 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Micro-USB 2.0 with a Type-C reversible connector
  • Stereo speakers
  • 5300mAh battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

The design is reminiscent of Apple designs. It has a thin profile (6.9mm) and will come in two colors: silver and dark gray (Natural Aluminum and Lava Gray, respectively). The tablet, as stated earlier, runs on Android 5.0 topped with their very own Z Launcher, a minimalist launcher that they launched not long ago duly named after one of its key features: the ability to write out letters onto the screen to quickly search for apps, contacts, etc., kind of like gestures found in some apps like Dolphin.

At USD250 SRP, it’s not too shabby, although I wished that it had expandable memory. That would’ve one-upped Nexus tablets in my book. However, if you’re hoping to see the Nokia brand get back into the game of hardware mobile devices, you might want to hold back a little. According to Nokia, it seems that they’ll instead opt to license its brand to other parties, enabling said parties to sell their devices under the Nokia name. Yes, I scratched my head on that one, too. I’m kind of pessimistic about that move, but seeing as they’re just a tiny fraction of what they once were after the Microsoft acquisition, this could probably be the best move available to them. Interesting times indeed.

[Source: Android Authority]

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