This is N1, Nokia’s new Android tablet!

by: Bogdan PetrovanNovember 18, 2014

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In a momentous event, Nokia, the former titan of the mobile industry, is making a comeback of sorts, just months after it completed the sales of its smartphone division to Microsoft.

At its Slush 2014 conference in Finland, Nokia just introduced the N1, a brand new tablet running Android. The device features a sleek all-aluminum design, a 7.9-inch laminated display, a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z358, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 5,300 mAh battery. Full specs:

  • 7.9-inch, 2048×1536 (4:3) IPS LCD with Gorilla Glass 3 and fully laminated zero air gap display
  • 64-bit 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor, PowerVR G6430 GPU with 2GB RAM
  • 32GB built-in memory (non-expandable)
  • 8 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera
  • Dual channel 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Micro-USB 2.0 with a Type-C reversible connector
  • Stereo speakers
  • 5300mAh battery


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The rounded edges and features placement give the Nokia N1 a certain resemblance with Apple’s designs. The device, which is impressively thin at 6.9 millimeters, will come in Natural Aluminum and Lava Gray.

On the software side, the Nokia N1 will run Android 5.0 Lollipop, customized with Nokia’s homemade Z Launcher. The minimalist launcher debuted in June, and back then we called it “simple and surprisingly enjoyable”. The launcher is named after one of its key features: the ability to write out letters onto the screen to quickly search for apps, contacts, frequently utilized webpages and more. You can even search the web through this method.

The Nokia N1 will cost $250 and launch in China initially, starting in February. Nokia says the device will be in stores in time for the Chinese New Year (February 19, 2015). After that, Nokia plans to introduce the device to Russia and some European countries, markets where historically it had the biggest influence and where the Nokia brand is still highly valued by consumers. There is no information yet on the eventual availability of the Nokia N1 in the US and other regions from around the world.

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The company CEO recently said Nokia won’t return to making smartphones, even if the contract with Microsoft allows Nokia to sell smartphones from 2016. Instead, Nokia is looking to license its brand to interested companies, that will be able to sell devices under the Nokia name.

Under the Microsoft agreement, Microsoft holds a 10-year license for the Nokia brand on feature phones, while the Finnish company can return to the smartphone game as soon as January 1, 2016.

Update: according to the press release below, Nokia is actually licensing the N1’s “industrial design, Z Launcher software layer and IP on a running royalty basis” to Foxconn.

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ESPOO, Finland, Nov. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nokia today announced the N1, the first Nokia-branded AndroidTM tablet. The N1 offers the innovative, predictive Nokia Z Launcher interface, and a carefully crafted industrial design by Nokia with a focus on simplicity. The N1 will be brought to market in Q1 2015 through a brand-licensing agreement with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner responsible for manufacturing, distribution and sales.

“We are pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into consumers’ hands with the N1 Android tablet, and to help make sophisticated technologies simple,” said Sebastian Nyström, Head of Products at Nokia Technologies, who announced the N1 at the Slush technology conference in Helsinki. “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 applications are in use, and predicts and highlights the applications consumers are expected to want based on time of day and location.

The industrial design of the N1 is deliberately developed to match the elegant simplicity of the interface. It has a unique one-piece aluminum design with a soft finish in both Lava Grey and Natural Aluminum colors that make it stand out from other tablets. The 7.9″ laminated display sits in a 6.9mm thin and light design that makes the device comfortable to hold even with one hand. A 2.4Ghz Intel© AtomTM quad-core processor provides great performance for the Android Lollipop operating system on the N1.

The N1 is planned to be available for purchase in China in Q1 2015 for an estimated USD 249 before taxes, with the anticipation of expanding sales to other markets.

In addition to the Nokia brand, Nokia is licensing the industrial design, Z Launcher software layer and IP on a running royalty basis to the OEM partner. The OEM partner is responsible for full business execution, from engineering and sales to customer care, including liabilities and warranty costs, inbound IP and software licensing and contractual agreements with 3rd parties.

The N1’s industrial design and Z Launcher application originate within the Nokia Technologies business, which is focused on strengthening Nokia’s industry-leading innovation portfolio through patent, technology and brand licensing.

  • Shark Bait

    Yeyyyyyyy Nokia lives ! Welcome to the good side!

  • Aaditya Brahmbhatt

    Just waiting for Apple to sue Nokia for stealing their design *Idea*.
    We know Apple’s gonna do that, right?

    Also Wel-come back to life Nokia :)

    • crutchcorn

      Naturally. That’s a given

    • guest qwe

      Apple got sued by Nokia already, and apple signed a long term license agreement and paid a lot of money, doubt apple has much to go after them with even if design is “similar.”

  • Shark Bait

    Any one else thinking already this should be the nexus tablet!
    That would be a huge screw you to Microsoft

    • MasterMuffin

      Yes, Nokia Nexus is what thousands of people have dreamed of. Too bad Nokia seems to have something against Google :/

      • crutchcorn

        I’m hoping that’ll change! I pray that Nokia somehow breaks from Microsoft so that WP still has their great phones and such, but now Android is given that boost with the OEM

      • aditatsharma

        Apparently there will be Google Play (“in markets where Google Play is available”, i.e. not China). Very happy with that. Source:

        • MasterMuffin

          Glad to be wrong again. Also I’ll be happy if it never goes on sale in USA ;P

  • MasterMuffin

    Only downside is the lack of gapps, but hopefully they haven’t locked the bootloader. A serious competitor for iPad and Nexus 9!

    • Where did you see that there won’t be Google apps?

      • MasterMuffin

        Nothing in their videos, pictures of anywhere, just a good guess :)

        • I didn’t see that anywhere, and it wouldn;t make much sense :) they are putting their Z Launcher on top stock from what I saw so far.

          • MasterMuffin

            Let’s hope I’m wrong!

          • Faux-News

            no need to hope, you are wrong.

          • MasterMuffin

            K, nice source to prove your claims you got there

          • Faux-News

            Yea after all you might have seen somewhere a Nokia exclusive android app store that you make that suspicion in the first place.

          • MasterMuffin

            Are- are you actually that stupid? Amazon is a possibiliy, or Yandex like they had in the Nokia X

      • MasterMuffin

        I just read from the Finnish news that it doesn’t have Google Play. Can provide translation services if needed :P

    • Bogglefish

      Most Google apps can be downloaded via play anyway

      • MasterMuffin

        The thing is, it doesn’t have Google Play

        • bryan akerfeldt

          Actually it does,the only country it won’t is in China, but even then that’s an easy flash

  • This is amazing, I am very happy for this :)

  • Mohamad Haris Ishak

    This might be better than HTC Nexus 9. At a lower price.

  • BatDroid

    I came here to check if the fruit- nuts came and said something about it being copy of some fruit, I guess I came too early.

    • Adebola


    • Zaid Shakil

      Will happen. We gotta wait :p

  • LiiIiikEaBau5

    Would be awesome to see Google Play Edition of this tablet ;-). Welcome to Android!

    • Adebola

      Hi, what’s the difference between a normal tablet and a Google play edition if same tablet?

      • Faux-News

        nothing except pretend that they are some kind of an android elite.

      • LiiIiikEaBau5

        Same as Samsung, Sony, LG, and HTC add their own OS to ruin Android beauty.

        • neoand12

          Nokia Z launcher is a good launcher tho.

    • Jb

      Just change the launcher and you’re set. Nokia source said there’s stock Lollipop underneath. Also, unlocked bootloader!

  • Welcome to Android! If they see that this kind of device sells more, then they will make more of it.
    They are testing waters here

  • Alex Wilson

    Definitely looks like the iPad Mini, however I’m not too bothered about that! I quite like Apple’s designs. The launcher is a cool idea though, I really hope it works well and has more features than just search…

  • Guest1

    For this price, it should be counted as high-end, right?

  • systemupdate

    Nokia is like: “Finally we can breath with that Elop guy gone. Let’s open our secret designs book.”

    • guest qwe

      Worst hire ever!

  • Faux-News

    A windows edition for this would be a killer too.

    • Bogglefish

      Are you taking the pis*?

  • CipoiCipopoi

    nokia make a brilliant choice!!!….

  • Blowntoaster

    Nokia -> Nexus 2015 line…hmmm.
    I think there should be more Nexi…not just one or two a year.
    but, one manufacturer per size. eg: Motorola = Nexus 6, Sony = Nexus 7, Samsung = Nexus 5, HTC = Nexus 9, LG = Nexus 4….

  • Bogglefish

    No way! I assume you can put on your preferred launcher like nova?

    • bryan

      No shit,it doesn’t say anywhere that users will be locked down to stock does it?

    • On which Android device have you ever been forced to be stuck on a stock launcher? Plus the fact that it’s stock android underneath not an “Nokia version” so it’s pretty much an Nexus 9 with an Nokia launcher.

  • crutchcorn

    … Excuse me I need to go change my pants

  • Jonathan Thefallendevil Claesk

    is it just me or does it look exacly like an ipad???? :o

    • Every rectangle with a screen looks like that, including iPads.

      • Alby

        You must be one of those people who cannot tell the difference between one tablet and another. This tablet looks like an iPad in every way.

      • Heiko Quant

        Just to be clear, I do not own a single iDevice. I am typing this on a nexus 7. I am receiving calls on a Huawei Mate 7. Both devices have no resemblance to either an iPad or iPhone, past or present. On the other hand the Nokia N1 is the most blatant iDesign rip off only remotely challenges by Xiaomi’s Mipad. If you negate this fact, you have seriously lost touch with reality. It is a crying shame, what kind of company Nokia has become…

        • They’re very similar in appearance, but the Nokia makes substantial improvements on a few details, such as the wrap-around edges of the aluminum panel, as well as a more symmetrical placement of the rear camera with respect to the corner. The absence of a home button contributes to the front’s symmetry, whether in portrait or landscape mode.

          • Heiko Quant

            Substancial improvements as in: Changing the hubcaps on the car and switching the shifter knob for a chromed skull proved to be significant improvements to the new Mercedes Benz S Class?

          • I would say it’s more like placing the headlights in the right place and softening the bodywork, with the goal being more sleekness.

    • RAK

      uses the same reference design , actually this and the ipad are made by Foxconn in China

      • Alby

        But Foxconn didn’t design the iPad.

  • swim

    Well, I guess a trip to Europe/Moscow might be in my near future, if they can’t get this over to the US.

  • Josh York

    Glad to see that reversible USB making an appearance.

  • lalala

    Is this running official android? Can’t see any Google Apps on the press pix. Hope it’s not a fork of android.

  • Mangap

    Why it use Atom ? some people say that Atom is slow

    • Go Nokia

      Maybe that’s why it is somewhat cheap for a Nokia.

    • Andrew T Roach

      Atom is not slow. This version of Atom is as fast as Snapdragon 801 and renders websites MUCH faster than Snapdragon.

  • flye

    Now let’s just wait for nexus 9 to burn

  • Mike Bastable

    If everyone who previously said, on these hallowed pages, that they would BUY a Nokia Android (with decent specs and no silly software) ACTUALLY went out and got this we would see a resurgence of Nokia and some interesting times ahead.
    …of course the product is actually a huge Apple rip off, but THAT never hurt Samsung, So Go Team Nokia!

    • Go Nokia

      If it has google play, I’m all for it.

  • kris

    Woah…welcome back Nokia… I heard that there will be no gapps

  • Aravind Sudheer Babu


    Now how good is the 64 bit atom..

    Any ideas?

  • erix

    Is it just me? But it looks like ipad air to me.

  • TombRaider2

    Too little too late. Should have had something like this years ago…Nokia has already spit in the face of Android fans. This isn’t even made my Nokia, it’s made by Nokia. Nokia is just letting them use their name and tech. Not a Nokia product at all.

  • Heiko Quant

    An iPad homage. How original of you Nokia, congrats!

  • Another tablet that is barely larger than my phone

  • Jesus

    …so the Galaxy Tab S 8 is lighter, has stereo speakers on each side, has more resolution, probably has a better screen (with amoled) and has multi window. While the N1 one is cheaper.

  • This is amazing,

  • Darra

    Looks too much like an IPad mini, Jolla tablet is cheaper, and can also run Android apps. It is currently on

  • Bambang Hermanto

    when will it be available in Indonesia?

  • Ben Ho

    The Nokia N1 bears a striking resemblance to the iPad Mini. It has the same 7.9-inch 2048×1536 screen, the same bezels, the same anodized aluminium unibody chassis, and very similar camera, button, and headphone jack placement. Even the bottom of the N1 looks like an iPad Mini, with two speaker grilles flanking a small, central port.