Nokia N1 tablet revealed, runs Android Lollipop, costs $249

Nokia has unveiled its first device after selling its devices and services unit to Microsoft for $7.2 billion just under seven months ago, in a surprise move at the Slush conference in Finland today. The company that has separated from its smartphone and feature phone business is releasing the N1, an Android-powered tablet sporting a 7.9-inch screen which largely emulates Apple’s iPad mini design, reports Forbes.

Nokia N1

Nokia N1

The N1 sports a 2048x1536p display covered with Gorilla Glass 3 and runs Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop and Nokia Z Launcher on top. Under the hood we can find a 64-bit 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor, PowerVR G6430 GPU with 2GB of RAM, 32GB non-expandable built-in memory, and a 5300mAh battery.

In addition, the slate comes with an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front snapper, both capable of recording 1080p videos. It would be interesting to see if Nokia has retained its renowned imaging capability, or if that expertise and experience has now been transferred to Microsoft. Unfortunately, the outer clad designs essentially harks back to an iPad Mini, especially when we look at the unibody aluminium design, placement of the cameras, the reversible USB Type C port, the twin set of speakers, and familiar looking volume buttons which all shouts Cupertino.

Nokia N1 Rear

Nokia N1 Rear

However, the N1 is actually slimmer and lighter than an iPad Mini 3, measuring at 6.9mm and weighing 318g. The company has also taken steps in improving Apple’s popular tablet by fully-laminating the display, whilst being particularly proud of design details such as matching the camera lens with the curvature of the tablet’s corner.

Priced at $250, the low-cost device is set to land in China first, in time for Chinese New Year (19 Feburary 2015), followed by a release in Russia soon after. The N1 will be available in Natural Aluminium and Lava Grey colour schemes. You can take a look at the official video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJmthxJV5Q

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