Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nokia N1 comes with reversible USB plug and Z Launcher

Just yesterday we talked about Nokia's willingness to license its brand, and it looks we didn't have to wait long for it, with this Foxconn manufactured Nokia N1 tablet that most people wouldn't consider to be out of place if they found it in... an Apple Store.

It will be hard to deny the Nokia N1 to be inspired by Apple's iPhone/iPad design - no that it would be the first to do so: remember Xiaomi's MiPad?

The Nokia N1 is a 7.9" tablet (same screen resolution as the iPad: 2048x1536), with a 64 bits Intel Atom Z3580 quad-core CPU running at 2.4GHz, 2GB RAM, 32GB Flash, 8MP and 5MP cameras, Android, and only 6.9mm thickness and 318g - thinner and lighter than Apple's iPad mini. To top it off, the N1 comes with a reversible USB type-C connector, finally putting to rest the "try, reverse, try again, reverse again" ritual of plugging in a micro USB plug.

The N1 comes with stock Android 5.0 Lollipop and Nokia's own "Z Launcher" that allows youto quickly jot down letter to launch apps and search for contacts and other content. In fact, they say the N1 was born to give "body" to this launcher, as Nokia said it couldn't find out any suitable Android tablet on the market to do so.

With a price starting at $249... we'll have to wait for it to arrive to the west and see for ourselves. Nokia plans to launch it in February in China, and I think it may be a hit (provided it doesn't end up in courts in a legal design battle with Apple.)

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