Did you think Nokia was out of the mobile market? You would be both right and wrong. Nokia is no longer making mobile devices following Microsoft’s acquisition of their mobile department, but the company has decided to license its branding to third-party manufacturers. In this case, the Nokia N1 tablet is made by Foxconn.
This is interesting, because many of us Android users kept begging Nokia for good Android devices, and the few Android devices they made are so customized they no longer count. Now that Nokia has sold its mobile division to Microsoft, we are finally seeing our dreams come true. Is the Nokia N1 what we were hoping for, though?
Nokia N1 specs
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- 7.98-inch 2048x1536p display
- 2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor
- 2 GB of RAM
- 32 GB of internal storage
- 8 MP rear-facing camera
- 5 MP front-facing camera
- 5300 mAh battery
- 200.7 x 138.6 x 6.9 mm
- 318 grams
Let’s start by pointing out the tablet works very well. It performs fast and smooth. We never saw a single hiccup and it has the specs to run most apps and games. In short: the tablet won’t let most of you down. And the screen happens to look gorgeous with vibrant colors and a super crisp definition.
It’s a great tablet in terms of performance and functionality. Now, the software has a bit of a learning curve, as it uses Nokia’s Z Launcher. This UI is very different from what we are used to, but it’s nothing you can’t get used to after some hours. In fact, we kind of like the fact you can write on the screen to pull up applications.
Now let’s step into the department most of us fell in love with when Nokia was on its own – design. Nokia has become famous for its colorful, clean and solid aesthetics. Does this design language stay true with Foxconn in charge? Not really.
This tablet happens to look pretty much identical to an iPad Mini. It has a metallic body and a completely black front. To make matters more interesting, the device carries the same screen size and ratio as the iPad Mini. Of course, this makes the Nokia N1 a gorgeous device, but it is by no means what we are used to seeing from Nokia.
Regardless, this thing is a beauty. Sadly, most of you can’t buy it. It’s only available in China and we don’t see it reaching other markets soon. It costs around $250 there, though, which happens to be a pretty good price.