Talk about strange bed partners, Nokia just unveiled a new Android device . Just weeks after Microsoft dropped the Nokia branding on their phones, Nokia’s first device after Microsoft is an Android tablet. I won’t even try to deny it, the new Nokia N1 bears a striking resemblance of an Apple product. The Nokia N1 tablet has the same 7.9-inch screen size, single piece of anodized aluminum design, the same 2048 x 1536 resolution and even has the same speaker grills and what looks like a Lightning port. Well, enough of trying compare both devices as this is not a ‘vs’ post. Other specifications include a 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Nokia’s N1 also has an 8-megapixel camera at the rear, and a 5-megapixel version at the front.
The device also comes with a reversible USB Type-C connector, a feature we haven’t seen yet on any other device. Here’s Nokia’s explanation for choosing to go with the slimmer and more versatile USB connectors
The reason for that was that our partner didn’t have access to that kind of solution on the chipset that we’re building the device on. It’s just a pure question of having the availability. We believe that the reversible connector is an easier way, and of course the chipset from Intel is quite capable and we wanted to maximize the capability there, but the 3.1 USB capability was not available for this chipset at this time.
The Nokia N1 runs a stock version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, trust Nokia to pitch in their Android Z launcher to the equation. Brook Eaton, director for Nokia’s Z Launcher noted, “We have such a beautiful, simple, and elegant Z Launcher. Why not build a device that is also built on the same principles as being super simple and easy to use and elegant?”
So one can confidently say, Nokia built a tablet because they didn’t find any good tablet to run their golden Android app. It’s also good to know that the final version of Z Launcher will go live in the Google Play Store shortly, complete with support for rooted devices. Foxconn will build Nokia’s N1 device, Nokia is also licensing the industrial design, Nokia brand, and Z Launcher software to the device maker. The 7.9-inch the Nokia N1 will cost you $250 when it launches, it’s planned to hit China first in time for Chinese New Year (that’s February 19, 2015) and a release in Russia to follow suit. See the Nokia N1 reveal video and picture gallery below.