Nokia has revealed the N1, the first Nokia-Branded Android tablet, featuring a 7.9-inch, 2048x1536 resolution screen, and an unibody anodized aluminum design.
The tablet is slated for release in Q1 2015 through a brand-licensing agreement with an original OEM partner (Foxconn) responsible for manufacturing, distribution and sales.
Nokia's N1 shares several design similarities with the iPad Mini, including button, camera, and headphone jack placement, and even the bottom facing speaker grills. However, this is where the similarities end, even though some may say the reversible Type-C USB connector, which is a very interesting addition, looks somewhat similar to the Lightning Port.
The tablet is only 6.9mm thick and weighs only 318 grams. Not only that but the 7.9-inch display is fully laminated. Inside you get a 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage, and a massive 5300mAh battery. N1 also comes with an 8-megapixel camera at the rear, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
Android 5.0 will power the N1, and the interface will feature Z-Launcher, which allows you to write letters on the screen giving out a list of apps and contacts that changes based one where you are, what applications are in use, and the time of day. You can essentially scribble a letter or two to search what is installed on your phone, or things on the internet through Google suggestions. The Z-Launcher Software layer and IP are being licensed by Nokia to its OEM partner, which is reponsible for engineering, business execution, and customer care, including liabilities and warranty costs, inbound IP and software licensing and contractual agreements with 3rd parties.
Microsoft is now preparing to release the N1 in China for $249 (before taxes) before the Chinese New Year (February 19th). The tablet will be made available on the Russian and several European markets following the Chinese release.