The Nokia N1 might be launched as early as the 7th of January, at least if a recent rumour is to be trusted. The first product from the Finnish company after Microsoft’s acquisition of its devices division was previously announced to be available on Q1 2015 in China, which would make the timing just about right.
This rumour only happens to apply to China for now. However, due to the rather loose translation from Chinese, the 7th of January could simply be the N1’s official announcement in the Chinese market, with the N1 only going on sale in February. In either case, for the tablet to be launched in the first two months of 2015 is pretty quick.
What makes the N1 so desirable is its price tag of only US$249 (about RM870) for its above average specifications. The display of the Nokia N1 is a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution IPS display that is protected by the Gorilla Glass 3. The chassis, on the other hand, is made from a single anodised aluminium.
Other specifications include an Intel Atom Z3580 Moorefield 2.3GHz quad-core processor, PowerVR G6430 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, and Android 5.0 Lollipop with Nokia’s Z launcher on top of it.
Without a doubt, the N1 will be compared to the iPad mini due to its familiar design and size. With that said though, the N1 is actually thinner at 6.9mm and lighter at only 318g.
While Nokia is out of the smartphone race for now after the company’s deal with Microsoft, they might be able to bring some of its glory back in the Android tablet market. As for now, the Nokia N1 doesn’t have any release window yet for other regions.