Nokia has announced the N1 tablet, the company’s first piece of hardware since its device division was bought by Microsoft. The N1 offers the predictive Nokia Z Launcher and an industrial design with a “focus on simplicity.”
Sebastian Nyström, Nokia Technologies Head of Products:
“We are pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into consumers’ hands with the N1 Android tablet, and to help make sophisticated technologies simple. The N1 has a delightfully intuitive interface and an industrial design to match it. This is a great product for Nokia fans and everyone who has not found the right Android tablet yet.”
Consumers use and manage a large set of applications in their digital lives. The N1 makes that easy with the Z Launcher, which allows users to scribble a letter or two to find their content quickly. Over time, the Z Launcher learns what applicaitons are in use, and predicts and highlights the applications consumers are expected to want based on the time of day and location.
The indutrial design of the N1 is deliberately developed to match the “elegant simplicity” of the interface. It has an one-piece aluminum design with a soft finish in both gray and aluminium colors that make it stand out from other tablets. The 7.9” laminated display sits in a 6.9mm thin shell that makes the device comfortable to hold even in one hand. A 2.4GHz Intel Atom quad-core processor provides ample power for Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The N1 will be available in Q1 2015 through a brand-licensing agreement with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner responsible for manufacturing distribution and sales. It will be available in China for $249.