Nokia Surprise with Launch of N1 Android 5.0 Tablet with 64 bit Processor And Z Launcher
The Nokia N1 runs Android Lollipop and features the Z Launcher”
Yesterday, Nokia posted a mysterious image of a black box on its Twitter account with the hashtag #Thinkingahead. From the teaser image, I assumed it would be a set top box or a Chromebox-like streaming box, but today, I was wrong. And for a change, I’m glad. At Slush 2014, an event for startups and tech companies held in Helsinki, the brand unveiled the Nokia N1, an Android tablet that costs $249 (approximately Rs 15,000).
Nokia sold its phone business this year, but has found an ingenious way to get back into the hardware business by foraying into tablets. What comes as an even more welcome news is that the tablet runs Android Lollipop. The N1 also comes with the Z Launcher, which the company debuted earlier this year limitd beta format. The USP of the Z Launcher scribble the first letter of anything you want to bring up – apps, contacts or websites. The launcher learns and adapts to your habits, displaying the apps you’re likely to want based on the time of day and location.
It’s worth mentioning that Nokia has partnered with Foxconn for building the N1, and has licensed the manufacturing, Nokia brand and Z Launcher software to the the company for this purpose.
Nokia devices have always been commended for their build quality, and the N1 seems to continue that reputation. Constructed out of a single piece of aluminium, it features a zero-gap design, with a frame that measures just 6.9mm in thickness. The display is 7.9-inches in size, and features a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels. The fully laminated IPS screen gets a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. The internals are powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, working in tandem with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM and PowerVR G6430 graphics. The tablet comes in a single 32GB unit, with no microSD card slot for expansion. Photography is handled by an 8MP primary and a 5MP secondary camera. The device is fuelled by a 5,300mAh Lithium Polymer battery. The connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0 and micro-USB 2.0 with a Type-C reversible connector.
The Nokia N1 tablet is available in a choice of two colours – Natural Aluminium and Lava Gray. It will first go on sale in China in February next year, followed by subsequent launches in other countries. Additionally, Nokia has announced that the Z Launcher will be available from the Play Store today as a free download for smartphones.
Although we’ll have to wait a while before we can get our hands on the Nokia N1, the news will undoubtedly delight Nokia fans around the world. With its price tag of $249, Nokia has ensured that the tablet is competitively priced, despite its premium specs. We’ll bring you more details on the N1’s Indian pricing and availability dates when we have them. But for now though, we’re pleased to see an old stalwart get back on its feet