The “first Nokia-branded Android tablet” – the Nokia N1 – has been now officially confirmed to launch on January 7 in Beijing, China.
The Finnish firm made the official announcement on Thursday, confirming earlier reports on its account on the Chinese social network Weibo.
The Nokia N1 was first unveiled in November. Nokia, during the unveiling, had said that the device will first launch in China in Q1 2015 with a brand-licensing agreement extending to an OEM partner (Foxconn) that will manufacture, distribute, and sell the tablet. The Nokia N1 will cost $249 (roughly Rs. 15,400) before taxes, and will be made available in other markets globally, added Nokia.
The Nokia N1 is the company’s first mobile product after the Microsoft acquisition, which forces the Finnish company to no longer use the Nokia brand on smartphones till Q4 2016, and on feature phones for 10 years. Though to bypass the restriction, Nokia may very well launch a smartphone under a different brand.
On the specifications front, the Nokia N1 features a 7.9-inch (2048×1536 pixel) IPS LED-backlit display protected by Gorilla Glass 3; a 64-bit 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor (4 cores, 4 threads) coupled with a PowerVR G6430 GPU; 2GB of LPDDR3 (800MHz) RAM; 32GB of inbuilt storage (non-expandable); an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera; a 5-megapixel fixed focus camera; 5300mAh battery, and the predictive Nokia Z Launcher interface on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Connectivity options on Nokia N1 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/n/ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB with reversible Type-C connector, and a 3.5mm audio jack.