Nokia might have sold its mobile division to Microsoft but it still owns a technology division and it is this division which has come up with a hardware product. The Nokia N1 Android tablet.
This is the first hardware product Nokia has launched after it was acquired by Microsoft. It is really surprising to see Nokia enter the tablet market under it own branding.
The Nokia N1 tablet looks a lot like Apple's iPad mini. The N1 sports a 7.9-inch display at a 326ppi (2048 × 1536 pixels) and is encased in an one-piece aluminium body to give it a premium look like the iPad mini.
It matches quite close to the latest generation of iPad mini's in terms of performance. N1 is powered by a 64-bit 2.3 GHz Intel Atom processor and has a 533MHz PowerVR graphics chip. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera for those great selfies. The N1 tablet will run the latest version of Android 5.0 Lollipop.
One of the interesting things about N1 is that it has a reversible USB port known as the USB Type-C socket which allows you to plug in the cable without caring to flip it to fit it in properly.
In terms of dimensions, it is much sleeker than the latest iPad mini. N1 is 6.9mm in thickness as compared to iPad mini's 7.5mm. N1 is also lighter and weighs about 318g (13g lesser than the latest iPad mini). The Nokia N1 tablet is priced at $249 and will be available in February 2015.
Nokia's head, Sebastian Nyström, said that the world doesn't need yet another tablet but N1 is for anyone who hasn't found the right Android tablet yet.
It is hard to tell if Nokia N1 tablet will make an impact in an already competitive tablet market. It could be a "hit" or a "miss" for Nokia here. Some people might go for the N1 for its premium looks and also considering the reputation Nokia had back in the days. Meanwhile, some people might look away due to Nokia's decline in the market share.
What do you think about Nokia's N1 tablet? Would you go for it?