The Nokia N1 was announced back in November 2014 but it has recently been put on display at the Mobile World Congress 2015 held in Barcelona, Spain. That?s the first time the tablet is seen officially outside China and lots of tech watchers are gushing about its specs and design. Read on to find out what they?re talking about.
iPad Mini-ish design
After browsing through the N1?s press photos, we can?t help but notice its huge resemblance to the iPad Mini. When viewed from the front you can already the see the similarity. But when seen from the back, it?s hard to tell it apart from Apple?s mini tablet at first glance.
The Nokia N1 has a rather solid and premium-looking design with curved edges and a body made of aluminum and glass. It?s unibody has a thin frame with an anodized metal finish that is exactly the same as (you?ve guessed it) the iPad Mini. The bottom of the Nokia tablet, however, comes with a little surprise. It?s furnished with a USB Type C connection port; that means you can plug a charging cable into it in any direction you want.
Yes, the N1 may have some design qualities that makes it well-made iPad Mini knockoff. But couldn?t the Cupertino-based tech giant see that as a compliment? We?re not sure about the answer (just don?t ask their lawyers, though).
Another thing you need to know about the Nokia N1 is that it isn?t made by Finnish company. They allowed Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics company, to manufacture the device for them following design requirements crafted by Nokia itself. If ?Foxconn? doesn?t ring a bell, the Taiwan-based firm is actually a long-time supplier of Apple hardware components.
Nokia N1 specs
Let?s now get down to the tablet?s specs sheet. Its display is fully laminated and measures 7.9-inch diagonally with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. The body is thin at 6.9mm and weighs only 318g, slightly lighter than the iPad Mini. Under the hood, there?s a 2.3GHz Intel Atom processor powering it coupled with 2GB RAM and 32GB if built-in storage.
Nokia layered the N1?s OS with their own Z Launcher — a home screen replacement app that’s also downloadable from Google Play. It?s designed to make it easier to search for apps you need at a given time. You can tap in gestures on the screen and start searching for the right apps. The new Nokia tablet runs Android 5.0 Lollipop in its full form. It?s no slouch in the photography front either; the N1 is packed with an 8MP rear camera with autofocus and a 5MP front snapper. Keeping things juiced up is a 5,300 mAh lithium polymer battery.
Well, the obvious drawback is that you won?t be able to buy it unless you live in mainland China. Nokia is not yet ready to announce its availability outside the Asian country, although they earlier expressed their intent to offer the device in other market later this year.
Also, we can?t help but think whether Apple will slap the Nokia N1 with numerous lawsuits should it reach Western shores. Having said that, we know that its aesthetics is nowhere near original but with a retail price of $249, we doubt that you can find any other low-priced but well-made Android tablet out there.
Photo Credit: ?Youtube.com – Nokia