Nokia returns to the consumer market with 7.9 inch Android tablet.
Nokia has announced that it will be launching a new Android tablet next year called the Nokia N1. The Nokia N1 would be the Finnish conglomerate’s first branded Android tablet and is set to be launched upon release in China within the first quarter of 2015. Speaking at the Slush technology conference in Helsinki, Sebastian Nystrom, Nokia’s Head of Products disclosed that Nokia is pleased to return the Nokia brand to consumers with the N1 Android tablet and continuing with its mission of making advanced technology simple and easy to use.
Nystrom made known that Nokia would be outsourcing the full business process to an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partner, from manufacturing and sales to customer service including costs accruing from liabilities and warranty or third parties contracts among other. Nokia’s OEM partner for the N1 Android tablet is Foxconn, the world’s largest electronic contractor manufacturer who have helped produce with notable brand devices such as Blackberry, iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U. Under the partnership agreement, Foxconn will pay Nokia a licensing fee to make use of its brand.
The announcement of the N1 Android tablet marks Nokia’s return to the consumer market since it sold its handset business to Microsoft this year for $6.8 billion. That sale restricts Nokia from producing cellphones until 2016, although it allows the manufacture of other mobile devices including tablets such as the Nokia N1 Android tablet. The Nokia N1 will feature a 7.9-inch laminated display, a 2.4Ghz Intel Atom quad-core processor and run on Android latest OS, Android 5.0. It will also herald a new feature Nokia has christened the Z Launcher which it says lets the user write a letter or two to locate content faster than usual. The Z Launcher then studies usage patterns and predicts what applications consumers may need at a particular time and location.
With 2GB of RAM, 32GB of non-expandable memory, battery power of 5,300mAh, 8MP and 5MP front and back camera respectively, it remains to be seen if Nokia’s new tablet will be able to succeed with stiff competition from other Android-based tablets selling at a lower cost than the Nokia N1’s projected price of $249.