Nokia recently announced the arrival of a new tablet, the Nokia N1, to market in 2015 that looks to revive the company in light of the loss of its mobile division to Microsoft. The Nokia N1 comes with an anodized aluminum unibody design and looks similar to Apple's iPad Mini 3.
Weight and DimensionsNokia N1 is slightly taller than Apple’s iPad Mini 3 and slightly wider than Apple’s iDevice, but the N1 is thinner than Apple’s iPad Mini 3 (6.9mm vs. 7.5mm, respectively) and lighter (331grams for the iPad Mini 3 vs. 318 grams for the Nokia N1 tablet). Apple did not reduce the depth of the iPad Mini 2 at its October announcement, leading some to think that Apple may indeed abandon the iPad Mini for an "iPad Pro" product in 2015.
The DisplayThe Nokia N1 features a 7.9-inch, IPS (in-plane switching) liquid crystal display (LCD) with an LED backlight screen resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, the same resolution found in Google’s latest HTC Nexus 9 tablet. The Nokia N1 features a Gorilla Glass 3 display (Corning’s currently-reigning panel tech) and showcases a 4:3 aspect ratio for viewing TV shows and movies as well as playing games.
Processor and MemoryNokia N1 is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core, Intel 64-bit Z3580 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. 64-bit technology paves the way for desktop-grade computing on mobile tablets, and Nokia’s decision to head in this direction follows the trend of other major manufacturers (Samsung among them) who have already incorporated 64-bit capabilities into their devices.
Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update provides desktop computing processes for Android smartphones and tablets – with Google’s HTC Nexus 9 being the first device to utilize 64-bit computing via its Denver Tegra K1 processor. Nokia N1 follows its lead.
The BatteryNokia’s latest tablet comes with a 5300mAh battery, a sufficient battery for a 7.9-inch device. The Nokia N1’s battery is slightly below that of Apple’s iPad Mini 3.
The CamerasNokia N1 comes with an 8 megapixels back camera and a 5 megapixels front camera along with 1080p video recording. Front “selfie” cameras are becoming part of the next frontier of the mobile revolution (HTC’s 5MP front camera in the HTC One M8, Sony’s 5MP front camera in the Xperia C3, the 13MP front camera of the HTC Desire Eye, etc.), and Nokia’s 5MP front camera will continue this trend.
The SoftwarePowering the Nokia N1, apart from its 64-bit Intel processor would be Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop. Lollipop brings Google’s new “Material Design” language to the Android operating system, as transitions and animations abound, but Google’s latest update also brings a battery saving mode and an Easter egg that heavily borrows its design language from Dong Nguyen’s “Flappy Bird” game that was removed from the Google Play Store but later arrived under a different name.
As privacy is becoming a large part of the post-Edward Snowden/anti-NSA error for worldwide citizens, Google’s decision to embed data encryption into the OS as an automatic, rather than optional, decision is to be applauded.
The ConclusionSome have said in early reviews that the Nokia N1 looks like the iPad and, while the design language of the display is somewhat similar, the design language of the volume rocker and side buttons seems to mimic more of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus than anything else. To many, this iPad/iPhone-like device that runs Android 5.0 Lollipop is a dream come true: it seems to be a perfect combination of Apple’s design language with the functionality of Android.
If Nokia intends to make a statement with the N1, it did.
Pricing and availabilityNokia N1 is not yet available in Nigeria, but its global launch is expected in 2015. We currently have no data on pricing and availability for Nigeria. When available, Nokia N1 Price in Nigeria is expected to range between N41,000 to N80,000, depending on your location.
Nokia N1 SpecsHere are a few specs of the Nokia N1 Tablet:
- Platform: Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
- Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core Processor (Intel Atom Z3580)
- GPU: PowerVR G6430
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Colours: Natural Aluminum, Lava Gray
- Dimension: 200.7 x 138.6 x 6.9 mm
- Weight: 318 g
- SIM Type: No SIM slot
- SIM Count: Zero
- Display: 7.9-inch IPS Touchscreen, 1536 x 2048 pixels (324ppi)
- Display Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Rear Camera: 8 MP Camera, 1080p HD Video
- Rear Camera Features: autofocus, Geo-tagging
- Front Camera: 5 MP Camera
- Built-in Storage: 32GB Storage
- Memory Card Support: No
- Bundled Cloud Storage: -
- 2G GSM: No
- 2G CDMA 1X: No
- 3G WCDMA: No
- 3G CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: No
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: No
- EDGE: No
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: No
- HSPA+: No
- CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: No
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes (up to 8 devices)
- Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
- NFC: No
- Infrared Blaster: No
- USB Port: Yes, microUSB 2.0
- SMS/MMS: No
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: -
- Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
- Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
- FM Radio: No
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: Yes (GPS)
- Maps: Yes, Here Maps, Here Drive+, Here Transit
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: No
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: -
- Light Sensor: -
- Barometer: No
- Pedometer: No
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: No
- Iris Scanner: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control:
- Voice Control: Yes
- Social Apps: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Whatsapp, Foursquare, Skype IM, WeChat, Viber, LINE, MySpace, Yahoo! Messenger
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: Yes, with dedicated mic
- Wireless Charging: No
- Water Resistant: No
- Dust Resistant: -
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: Yes
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: possible
- Battery: 5300 mAh Li-ion Battery (removable)
- Use Time: -
- Wi-Fi Browsing: -