Well, looks like Nokia is back in the smart devices business. Just after seven months of selling its services and devices unit to Microsoft for the trilling price of 7.2 billion dollars, Nokia has unveiled its new device called N1 Android tablet. This new launch came after the famous company announced that it plans to license its brand name and after teasing a black box on Twitter. Nokia N1 has the Apple’s iPad mini design, with the same 7.9-inch screen size and the same 2048 x 1536 resolution. Nokia has also opted for a single piece of anodized aluminum design.
Nokia N1 tablet will cost approximately 249 dollars plus tax. It will start shipping in China in February and later will be also available in Europe and other countries. Nokia’s tablet arrived a week after Microsoft has unveiled their first Lumia smartphone without Nokia’s brand on it. Nokia N1 is available in two colors: deeper gray and bare aluminum.
This new device features a 65-bit Intel Atom Z3590 processor, 7.9-inchid screen with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels, 32GB integrate storage and 2 GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera at the rear and a 5-megapixel version at the front. It is lighter and thinner than the iPad mini 3, with a 318 grams in weight and 6.9 millimeters thick.
Nokia is very optimistic with its new tablet because it has its own app launcher, named Z, running on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop. The Z launcher is also available for Android based devices. With this launcher you can write on the screen to find apps faster and also change the apps shown on the front page. After it sold off the hardware manufacturing division, Nokia has partnered with Foxconn, a Chinese manufacturer, to build and distribute the N1.
Nokia N1 tablet was launched in a period when the tablet market is not so great and lost some of its luster, with low percent at the third-quarter tablet sales. This will result in a tougher competition and it is interesting to see if Nokia will find success easier than in the past.