The whole world was waiting for a Nokia tablet, and just today at its conference in Finland, the former Finish giant mobile manufacturer has introduced its first product since Microsoft bought their devices and services division. Dubbed Nokia N1 the tablet strongly resembles the Apple’s iPad Mini, speaking almost the same design language. What’s even more interesting, to our great surprise, the upcoming Nokia tablet isn’t running Windows, but the competing Google’s Android, and not just any Android, but its latest version, Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Nokia N1 Android tablet that shamelessly resembles Apple’s iPad Mini
Featuring sleek all-aluminum design the Nokia N1 sports a 7.9-inch ISP LCD fully laminated zero air display, with 2048x1536p resolution, additionally covered with a protective layer of Gorilla Glass 3. The slate is powered by a 64-bit 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 32GB of non-expandable built-in storage.
In terms of optics, the device comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. Furthermore, the new Nokia tablet will go on sale equipped with Dual channel 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. The N1 is also one of the first slates to sport the new to the mobile industry reversible USB-C port. There will be also stereo speakers and a massive 5,300 mAh battery under the N1’s hood.
As it has been already mentioned when it comes to body design Nokia can’t deny drawing inspiration from the iPad Mini series, the similarities are too glaring. This iPad Mini clone has the same round edges and the identical feature placement. But, even though being almost identical of the Apple’s tablets, the Nokia N1 tablet is simultaneously slimmer and lighter than the original iPad Mini.
Moving on, these decent tech parameters aren’t the N1 selling point. Definitely more interesting than the device’s hardware is its software. The device doesn’t only runs the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, but it is also uses the Nokia-made Z Launcher. While the mentioned UI is available for Android phones, thanks to the N1 it got the chance to debut in the tablet sector.
The exclusive N1 Z Launcher, though still in development phase, is said to monitor your app use and other actions in order to create a list of most frequently used software and action on your home screen. The software not only predicts what apps you will probably need at any given moment dependently on where you are or what’re doing, but just as well gives you the most convenient and quickest access to your favorite apps by simply sketching a letter on the homescreen with you finger. It sounds pretty smart, don’t you think?
As for the Nokia N1 availability and pricing, the tablet will be initially introduced to the Chinese market in February 2015. Then it will become available in Russia and selected European countries. Unfortunately, at this point the company made no official statement whether and when the slate will go on sale in the US. Priced at $249, the N1 will cost almost $150 less than the iPad Mini 3 and $50 than the iPad Mini 2.
source: N1 Nokia