Nokia is back! Almost after seven months of selling its device and service units to Microsoft for about $7.2 billion, the company is back in the devices business. Nokia launched its first device after Microsoft, the Nokia N1 which is an iPad mini clone and Nokia’s first Android based tablet that comes with Android 5.0 pre installed.
The Nokia N1 is said to be an iPad mini clone because of its 7.9 inch display of 2048 x 1536 resolution, the same anodized aluminium design, and the resemblances does not stop here. The company has even placed the camera, buttons and headphone jack at the same place. Hence. we can say that the rear of both the devices is identical. Moreover, the bottom of the device has the same iPad style speaker grills but the charging port is not the same.
The Nokia N1 comes with one of the first implementations of the reversible type-C USB connector. While the device looks like the iPad mini with Android 5.0 but to be honest Nokia has goe one step further in improving the tablet. Unlike iPad mini, the Nokia N1 has a fully laminated display and the device is only 6.9 mm thick and is about 318 grams in weight which is both lighter and thinner than iPad mini.
Nokia N1 comes with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. It comes with an 8 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera. The tablet comes with a stock version of Android 5.0 Lollipop and the Z Launcher. The Z launcher lets you write in the middle of your home screen and show a list of apps installed and contacts based on your location and what you are doing. The Nokia N1 is available in two color schemes of Natural Aluminium and Lava Grey.
Nokia has partnered with a device making company, Foxconn in order to build the Nokia N1 and given the license of industrial design, the usage of Nokia brand name and the very own Z launcher software to Foxconn. Nokia is planning to launch the N1 for $249 around the time of Chinese New Year which is on 19th February and the device will be roll out to Russia and some parts of the European countries after the Chinese release. Nokia’s impressive and aggressive pricing will be the key to how well the device is received when it launches the next year.