Just months after selling its ailing handsets unit to Microsoft, Nokia is launching the N1, the first Nokia-branded Android table. The N1 offers the predictive Nokia Z Launcher interface, and an industrial design with a focus on simplicity. It will be brought to market in Q1 2015 through a brand-licensing agreement with Taiwanese Foxconn responsible for manufacturing, distribution and sales.
"We are pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into consumers' hands with the N1 Android tablet, and to help make sophisticated technologies simple," said Sebastian Nyström, Head of Products at Nokia Technologies, who announced the N1 at the Slush technology conference in Helsinki. "The N1 has a delightfully intuitive interface and an industrial design to match it. This is a great product for Nokia fans and everyone who has not found the right Android tablet yet."
The N1's Z Launcher allows users to scribble a letter or two to find their content quickly. Over time the Z Launcher learns what applications are in use, and predicts and highlights the applications consumers are expected to want based on time of day and location.
The N1 has an one-piece aluminum design with a soft finish in both Lava Grey and Natural Aluminum colors. The 7.9" laminated display (2048×1536 pixels, IPS, Gorilla Glass 3) sits in a 6.9mm design. A 2.4Ghz Intel Z3580 Atom quad-core processor provides performance for the Android Lollipop operating system on the N1. The tabletisis equipped with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage,
an eight-megapixel rear camera and a five-megapixel forward facing 'selfie' camera (both capable of recording 1080p video).
In addition the Nokia N1 will be the first consumer device to use the new, reversible USB Type C connector which will come to all new smartphones and tablets over the next year.
The N1 is planned to be available for purchase in China in Q1 2015 for an estimated USD 249 before taxes, with the anticipation of expanding sales to other markets.
In addition to the Nokia brand, Nokia is licensing the industrial design, Z Launcher software layer and IP on a running royalty basis to OEM partners. Nokia says each OEM partner will be 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.
- Height: 200.7mm
- Width: 138.6 mm
- Depth: 6.9 mm
- One-piece design
- Aluminum with surface anodization
- Colors: Natural Aluminum or Lava Gray
- 7.9 inch (4:3)
- 2048x1536 resolution
- Gorilla glass 3
- IPS panel with LED backlight
- Fully laminated zero air-gap display
- Chip: Intel 64-bit Atom Processor Z3580, 2.3 GHz
- Memory: LPDDR3 (800 MHz), 2 GB
- Storage: eMMC 5.0, 32 GB
- Graphics: PowerVR G6430, 533 MHz
- High Quality Discrete Audio Codec, Wolfson
- WM8958E, independent audio codec
- Two 0.5 W stereo speakers
- 90 dB with less than 10% total harmonic distortion (THD)
- Microphone: Digital MIC Cavity resonance frequency more than 20 KHz
- 8 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus
- 5 MP front-facing camera, fixed focus
- 1080p video recording
- Buttons and connections:
- 3.5 mm audio
- Micro-USB 2.0 with a Type-C reversible connector
- Battery: 18.5 Wh (5300 mAh) rechargeable lithium polymer battery (3.7 V)
- Sensors: 6-axis Gyro+Accelerometer
- Wi-Fi, (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4GHz & 5GHz) with MIMO
- Bluetooth, BT 4.0
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Nokia Z Launcher