Nokia – the part that remained in Finland after dumping its failing phone money pit at Microsoft – has just unveiled its first new hardware product: an Android tablet.
And the N1 is an impressive tablet to say the least. It follows in the Nexus 9’s footsteps with a 4:3 aspect ratio display, though with a wee-bit smaller size at 7.9″ and a resolution of 2048×1536. Under the hood is an Intel 64-bit Atom Processor Z3580, with 4 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, a PowerVR G6430 graphics chip, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 5300 mAh battery. Two stereo speakers sit at the bottom of the tablet, with a Type-C reversible Micro-USB connector in the middle.
It runs what looks like stock Android Lollipop (yes! Yes! Yes!), with the only change being that it includes Nokia’s own launcher. It’s made out of aluminium, has a fully laminated display, and will supposedly cost a mere $249 – which is insanely cheap for a tablet with these kinds of specifications.
Nokia should have done this years ago, but it’s great to see them do it now.