Nokia's back! iPad mini-loving N1 tablet announced with Android 5.0 Lollipop

Nokia's back! iPad mini-loving N1 tablet announced with Android 5.0 LollipopIt's as if the past 12 months never happened. Nokia is back – and we mean the “old” Nokia, the real Nokia – with the N1 tablet, a brand new piece of mobile hardware running Android 5.0 Lollipop.

It bears more than a passing resemblance to the iPad mini 3, but also boasts a decent spec that matches and in some cases even beats Apple's benchmark slab.

In fact, never mind resemblance, with a few small exceptions the N1 looks just like an iPad mini with a Nokia badge on it, right down to the design of the speaker grilles and colour options. The chassis is a single piece of anodised aluminium, and is just 6.9mm thick – a full millimetre slimmer than Apple's effort.

The display is an iPad mini-matching 7.9in panel with a 2048 x 1536 resolution, fully laminated, while on the inside there's a quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor running at 2.4GHz, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

The 8MP and 5MP camera combo are par for the course, and the 5300mAh battery should keep you trucking for a fair while between charges. There's also a fancy new reversible Type C USB connector on board.

So what gives? How has Nokia managed to jump back into the mobile hardware game just months after selling its mobile division to Microsoft for $6bn-odd?

The simple answer is that Nokia isn't building the N1 itself, Foxconn is – on behalf of another Chinese hardware maker. Nokia is licensing its brand name to the whole effort, and providing its adaptive Z Launcher operating software on top of Android Lollipop.

How serious is Nokia about re-establishing its name in the consumer space, and will the N1 be the first of a bunch of new mobile devices?

We don't know yet, but with the Nokia N1 only due out on February 19, there's plenty of time for the details to emerge. That launch will initially only be in China, where it'll cost $249 before taxes and subsidies, but we're told a wider rollout will follow after that.

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kitechker  Nov. 18, 2014 at 12:55

Looks a blatant ripoff of the iPad mini. The specs look pretty good, but will it sell? Probably will depend on the price and availability, sub-£200 may have a chance. Then again the brand is Nokia but the hardware isn't. Would be a right slap in the face of Microsoft if it does sell and sell better than their potentially future mini tablets

mrew42  Nov. 18, 2014 at 13:13

Looks a blatant ripoff of the iPad mini.
What, it's got a screen and is rectangular?

kitechker  Nov. 18, 2014 at 13:30

Not just that but in terms of the materials, colour and especially the speaker grills. I'm a big believer in that if Nokia went with android from the beginning rather than windows they would have been in a much better situation than they are now.

mrew42  Nov. 18, 2014 at 14:24

Oh undoubtedly.
Any other O/S would have been a better move for them.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 18, 2014 at 15:21

Nokia's Maemo devices were branded "Internet tablets (N810 etc)... so in a way they are not latecomers to the game. In fact, much of what makes Android oh so cool is ripped of from Maemo.
But, like Nokia's netbook attempts this tablet will probably price itself out of the competition?

As to the deal with MS and the Nokia logo: I believe the Microsoft deal merely bars "Nokia" from reentering the smartphone arena until the end of 2016. A tablet is not a smartphone.

Whatever: as with smartphones in the past - where Nokia seriously underestimated the impact of the iPhone and then Android - I reckon Nokia is too late once again. There are literally thousands of Android tablet models. That is the only reason why in the tablet range Android rules. No one Android tablet model is seriously beating the handful of iPads' success. And I doubt a Nokia branded tab will change that. Especially not one that is an overpriced afterthought. Hello, Jolla....?! ;)

I love Nokia's Android Z-Launcher, though. Very efficient. Very light, very fast. The perfect launcher when you're exhausted from trying all those launchers that come with 1,297 + add-ons and plugins and themes and so on...

mrew42  Nov. 18, 2014 at 16:46

Just trying the Z launcher.
Whoah, now that is different.
I may have a play for a while
Thanks Jan

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 18, 2014 at 16:52

Just trying the Z launcher.
Whoah, now that is different.
I may have a play for a while
Thanks Jan


LOL
I like it. At first I thought there must be hidden features and tricks - could it be THAT simple?
YES, it is. And I like it. It really is fast and uses little resources.

Stelph  Nov. 18, 2014 at 16:59

An odd one to get into after all since the iPad is still firmly the tablet of choice for the expensive end of the market, and the margins at the budget end are razor thin. Perhaps Nokia are just being paid by Foxcomm to put their name to the tablet to try and drive interest in it?

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 18, 2014 at 17:04

An odd one to get into after all since the iPad is still firmly the tablet of choice for the expensive end of the market, and the margins at the budget end are razor thin. Perhaps Nokia are just being paid by Foxcomm to put their name to the tablet to try and drive interest in it? Could be, right?
There have been rumours of Foxconn devices floating around for a while.

drugmonki  Nov. 18, 2014 at 20:11

Could be a great alternative to the nexus 9 if it stays around the £200 mark. Even better if the rom/modding community get behind it too. Wonder what that Atom chips performance is like.

drugmonki  Nov. 18, 2014 at 20:12

The chip could be good "We expect the CPU to be similar fast as Nvidias Tegra K1":

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Atom-Z3580-SoC.123974.0.html

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 18, 2014 at 20:18

The chip could be good "We expect the CPU to be similar fast as Nvidias Tegra K1":

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Atom-Z3580-SoC.123974.0.html


If the price of ca £130 is real, this good be quite the tablet...
I bet Foxconn has some Apple butt to kiss after this stunt ;)

Stelph  Nov. 19, 2014 at 09:43

The chip could be good "We expect the CPU to be similar fast as Nvidias Tegra K1":

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Atom-Z3580-SoC.123974.0.html


The CPU will probably be just as nippy as the Nvidia one, the current range of Atom processors are pretty good TBH. The K1's GPU will pound the Intel GPU into the ground but other than a few of the games coming through on the Nvidia shield, theres not really many Android games that are thoroughly taxing the GPU's in the top end tablets so I dont think people will notice it in real world use.

Stelph  Nov. 19, 2014 at 09:54

I love Nokia's Android Z-Launcher, though. Very efficient. Very light, very fast. The perfect launcher when you're exhausted from trying all those launchers that come with 1,297 + add-ons and plugins and themes and so on...

One thing occurs to me, if Nokia are a services compnay now and are involved in Android, I hope they continue to work on themes for Android to improve it usability, especially on tablets. For example if the next theme/update they bring out brings true multitasking to tablets like the Cornerstone solution that appeared a while back

http://www.onskreen.com/cornerstone/

Having a soft spot for Nokia and liking how they continued to revolutionise phones back in their glory days, itd be nice to see them do the same for Android now, especially on tablets where theres such potential to improve what is currently just "a larger phone screen" (big whoop)

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 19, 2014 at 10:55

Completely agree.
I think it may actually work to their and to our advantage if they focus on services and software, to then let other, 'faster' companies worry about hardware.

SpeedyG  Nov. 20, 2014 at 01:17

You're suggesting Jan that Nokia effectively do a Sega?

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 20, 2014 at 01:36

You're suggesting Jan that Nokia effectively do a Sega?

Maybe...but: I know next to nothing about Sega. Isn't he that martial arts movie fatty?

SpeedyG  Nov. 20, 2014 at 01:51

Lol, meant Sega who were in the console business years ago (Sega Game Gear, Sega Dreamcast etc) but dropped out and mostly do software now.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 20, 2014 at 01:54

Lol, meant Sega who were in the console business years ago (Sega Game Gear, Sega Dreamcast etc) but dropped out and mostly do software now.

Ah, yes... Sonic the Squirrel etc... :p
Yes, I guess. But I bet, come 01/01/2016, there'll be a Nokia smartphone or 5 rolling off of a production line somewhere.

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