Nokia is back in the devices business just under seven months after selling its devices and services unit to Microsoft for $7.2 billion. Nokia is unveiling its N1 Android tablet at the Slush 2014 keynote today.
Nokia N1, the tablet comes with a 7.9-inch screen with the Gorilla Glass 3 protection and 64-bit quad-core Intel Z3580 CPU. The software side of things include Nokia’s Z Launcher atop Android 5.0 Lollipop. Nokia has also mentioned that it is a fully laminated zero air-gap display.
There is 32GB internal storage and PowerVR G6430 GPU powers the graphics output. The N1 tablet has a good camera combo, with a 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing one, both having 1080p video recording capability. Nokia has emphasized the audio capabilities of the device: it ships with Wolfson’s audio codec and two 0.5W speakers.
The Z launcher isn’t something new for Nokia fans, because the launcher was already available on the Play Store, and that is now even more polished to give a good experience for tablet users, and Nokia could get no better time than this, to bring the tablet device and launcher together. In the Z launcher, you can scribble a letter or two with your finger to bring up things around that, and that changes based on the usage. The apps are categorized based on what you need, when you need it. The Z Launcher is although available on Play Store, what you would see in the Nokia N1 tablet is a polished and exclusive version for Android Lollipop OS.
According to Nokia, N1 will cost $249 (excluding taxes) and will be available from Q1/2015 in China, other countries to follow.