Nokia announces N1 Android tablet

Nokia has announced the  N1, the first Nokia-branded Android tablet. The N1 claims to offer innovative, predictive Nokia Z Launcher interface.

The new tablet will go on sell in the first quarter of 2015 through a brand-licensing agreement with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner responsible for manufacturing, distribution and sales.

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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.”  said Sebastian Nyström, head of products at Nokia.

Nokia N1

The Z launcher in N1 allows users to scribble a letter or two to find their content quickly.

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The Z Launcher also 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 device is 6.9mm and sports a 7.9 inch laminated display.  It has a unique one-piece aluminum design with a soft finish.

The tablet is powered by a 2.4 GHz Intel Atom quad core processor and it runs on Android Lollipop OS.

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.

The N1’s industrial design and Z Launcher application originate within the Nokia Technologies business, which is focused on strengthening Nokia’s industry-leading innovation portfolio through patent, technology and brand licensing.

The N1 is planned to be available for purchase in China in Q1 2015 for an estimated USD 249. It will be available in Lava Grey and Natural Aluminum colors

Earlier Nokia also launched the feature phone, Nokia 130 for a price of Rs 1,649 in India.

The 1020mAh battery of Nokia 130 offers up to 36 days standby, 13 hours of 2G talk time, 46 hours of music playback and 16 hours of video playback. This indicates that Microsoft worked well to address the demand of rural Indians, who face power shortage.

Microsoft is targeting smartphone users as well. The company said Nokia 130 will be ideal for first time mobile phone buyers in India or people seeking a reliable backup phone to complement their existing smartphone.


Vishal Kawadkar


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