Nokia Has Risen From The Dead With The N1, An Android Powered Tablet

Nokia announced the N1, a possible game changer in the tablet market.

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Nokia may have sold off it's phone division to Microsoft, but that doesn't mean it's dead. In a surprise move, Nokia announced the N1, an Android powered tablet.

Sebastian Nystrom, head of product business at Nokia Technologies, presents N1, Nokia's new Android tablet, at the Slush 2014 event in Helsinki November 18, 2014.

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Nokia is launching an Android-powered tablet, marking the Finnish company's return to consumer electronics. The surprise launch pits the firm against Microsoft, which completed its takeover of Nokia's previous mobile-devices business in April.

"Don’t write Nokia off just yet" was the message coming out of Helsinki this morning as the Nokia N1 tablet was being unveiled. In spite of selling its device business to Microsoft earlier this year and swearing off putting its name on smartphones until 2016, Nokia wishes to be seen as the same driver of mobile innovation that it’s always been.

The iPad lookalike will be running on Android's latest software, the Lollipop, and the device will be produced by Chinese manufacturer Foxconn

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Nokia has released the N1, a iPad-like small tablet with an aluminum shell, a 7.9-inch screen and the Android Lollipop OS. Selling for $249, it will be sold first in China by way of a manufacturing and distribution partnership with Foxconn and initially at least will be WiFi-only.

Nokia, a name which was once synonymous with mobile phones until first Apple and then Samsung Electronics eclipsed the Finnish company with the advent of smart phones, said the manufacturing, distribution and sales of the new N1 tablet, will be handled under license by Taiwan's Foxconn.

The device will be priced at USD249 and will be sold first in China in the first quarter next year, right before Chinese New Year

The aluminum-cased N1, which runs on Google's Android Lollipop operating software but features Nokia's new Z Launcher intelligent home screen interface, is due to be in stores in China in the first quarter of next year for an estimated price of $249 before taxes, with sales to other markets to follow.

Set to cost around $250, the 7.9-inch N1 tablet will be on sale in China before Chinese New Year -- 19 February 2015. Prices and release dates for other countries were not announced, but that US dollar price converts to around £160 or AU$290.

The Nokia N1 will cost $250 and launch in China initially, starting in February. Nokia says the device will be in stores in time for the Chinese New Year (February 19, 2015). After that, Nokia plans to introduce the device to Russia and some European countries, markets where historically it had the biggest influence and where the Nokia brand is still highly valued by consumers.

Although manufactured by Foxconn, Nokia will ensure that the quality of the products meets the company's standards

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Unlike Polaroid or Kodak, who have been doing this name licensing thing for many years now, Nokia will employ some strict quality controls for any device that anyone wants to make and sell under the Nokia brand. This started with the N1, actually. Aside from the brand, Nokia contributed the design too - and Foxconn will be paying it royalties for both the name and the design. And just like the N1, all upcoming devices bearing the Nokia brand should look and feel as good as if they were built by Nokia itself.

The tablet is 6.9mm thck and comes equipped with a 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front

The N1 is encased in a 6.9mm thick one-piece aluminium frame, in either dark grey or silver -- which, it must be said, looks distinctly similar to Apple's iPad Mini 3. It has an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel snapper on the front, with 32GB of storage for apps, snaps, music and movies.

At its Slush 2014 conference in Finland, Nokia just introduced the N1, a brand new tablet running Android. The device features a sleek all-aluminum design, a 7.9-inch laminated display, a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z358, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 5,300 mAh battery. Full specs:

- 7.9-inch, 2048×1536 (4:3) IPS LCD with Gorilla Glass 3 and fully laminated zero air gap display
- 64-bit 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor, PowerVR G6430 GPU with 2GB RAM
- 32GB built-in memory (non-expandable)
- 8 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera
- Dual channel 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0
- Micro-USB 2.0 with a Type-C reversible connector
- Stereo speakers
- 5300mAh battery

The tablet comes equipped with a USB Type-C socket, which is a reversible USB port so you can plug in whichever way it is

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One of the most interesting things about the tablet is that it's one of the first devices to boast a USB Type-C socket -- that's a reversible USB port so you can stick the plug in either way round.

Watch the N1 in action here:

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