This was unexpected… I woke up this morning to news of a new hardware product from Nokia, the 64-bit Atom-powered N1 Android tablet.
You may have been under the impression that Nokia had sold their hardware business to Microsoft, and you’d be correct. Apparently the terms of the deal will allow Nokia to return to the smartphone game as early as 2016; in the meantime, they are able to license their brand to third parties, and that’s exactly what they’ve done here.
So say hello to the Foxconn N1, marketed by Nokia.
Here’s the N1 reveal video to give you a better idea of the design. And here’s a copy/paste of the specs from the N1 mini-site:
Aluminum with surface anodization
Natural Aluminum or Lava Gray
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
7.9 inch (4:3)
2048 x 1536 pixel resolution
Gorilla® glass 3
IPS panel with LED backlight
Fully laminated zero air-gap display
Intel® 64-bit Atom™ Processor Z3580, 2.3 GHz
LPDDR3 (800 MHz), 2 GB
eMMC 5.0, 32 GB
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)
Digital MIC Cavity resonance frequency more than 20 KHz
18.5 Wh (5300 mAh) rechargeable lithium polymer battery (3.7 V)
Wi-Fi, (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz) with MIMO
Bluetooth, BT 4.0
Android™ 5.0 Lollipop
Nokia Z Launcher
A quick video demo of Nokia’s Z Launcher… Previously a closed beta, as of today it’s available to everyone—at least it’s supposed to be; according to its Play Store listing the app is incompatible with all my devices. That’s odd.
The N1 is to be priced at the equivalent of $250 USD and launched in China in time for the Lunar New Year. It will then make its way to Russia and some other European markets where Nokia still has what I think they call “brand equity”. So look for it at your favourite grey-market importer by summer of 2015?