You know, I heard from a lot of people, and I mean a lot, that Nokia would make some great Android handset. Last year (or even earlier this year), we got a taste of that with the Nokia X series. After the Nokia X2, we thought that was the end of Android for the company. Even if more android ever come out of Nokia, it would be in the no-google-service zone. Surprise, surprise, the non-Microsoft-Nokia part is still working, and today, they announce their first ever full-Android tablet, the Nokia N1.
Right out of the box, this tablet shares a lot (and I mean a lot) of trait with Apple’s iPad Mini in the most obvious way as possible. On top, we got a 7.9-inch panel with the resolution of 2048×1536, covered by Gorilla Glass 3. Under that display is a 64-bit Intel Atom z3580 processor- with PowerVR G6430 as its GPU-clocks at 2.3 GHz. Supports it is 2GB of RAM, with 32GB built-in storage. Around back, we got an 8MP camera, with 5MP front-facer. Tablet builds as an aluminum body, as thin as the iPhone 6 (6.9mm) and powered by a 5,300 mAh battery.
For the surprising element, Nokia replaces Windows RT with full Android 5.0 lollipop, with its own Z launcher on top.
Sound crazy right? Nokia and Android? Well, don’t be too excited, because this is the only Nokia-ish:
“Nokia is licensing the industrial design, Z Launcher software layer and IP on a running royalty basis to the OEM partner. The OEM partner is responsible for full business execution, from engineering and sales to customer care, including liabilities and warranty costs, inbound IP and software licensing and contractual agreements with 3rd parties.”
Yes, Foxconn now has licensed the brand to produce its own product, and the only thing that is truly made by Nokia is the Z launcher, which is now available on the Play Store.
While this is just a tablet-branded Nokia, it is still awesome to see the name lives on in the mobile device market.