Today Nokia announced they were back in the devices game with their new Nokia N1 tablet. The Nokia N1 is a 7.9 inch tablet with an 8 mega pixel rear facing camera and 5 mega pixel camera with an aluminum unibody design.
Since Nokia sold their devices and services division to Microsoft earlier this year, they promised to make a “Fresh start” and have been teasing “what’s next for Nokia” for a while now. Now Nokia have announced that they’re back in the hardware game, with a new Android tablet.
The Nokia N1 is only 6.9mm thick and 318 grams , making jt both slimmer and lighter than the iPad Mini. Although it does share the same 2048*1536 screen resolution.
Although Nokia signed an agreement with Microsoft to refrain from using the Nokia name on any Smart-phones, that agreement didn’t include tablets, which allows them to go forward with this release regardless of the Microsoft deal.
This isn’t Nokia’s first foray with Android, as the lineup of “X” phones also ran a version of AOSP skinned to resemble Windows Phone. The new tablet’s UI is based on that of Nokia’s own Z-Launcher which they released for Android devices earlier this year, and many had speculated would be crucial in Nokia’s next step.
Nokia of course released their first tablet last year, with the Lumia 2520 running Windows RT; which didn’t gain much traction, and was hardly sold in any markets outside the US. However it appears that this time around Nokia’s goals are less about making an impact on the market and gaining massive sales, as much as it’s about keeping the brand name relevant; CEO Rajeev Suri stated multiple times that the Nokia brand name is a huge asset to the company, as it is one of the most recognizable names in the world.