[custom:mwc15]Nokia announced the N1 Android tablet in late 2014 for launching in the Chinese market this year. Now, the Foxconn made, brand licensed tablet has made the trip to Mobile World Congress and we can finally see it for ourselves.
The first thing you think of when you see it, is that you've seen it somewhere before. We'll get it out there right now, it looks a wee bit like an iPad mini. It even boasts an iPad mini equalling display of 2048 x 1536 resolution at 7.9-inches. Any similarities aside, this is one sleek, well designed, well priced Android tablet.
Elsewhere on the specs front you get a quad-core Intel Atom CPU, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. With an 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 5200mAh battery and a price tag of $249, it also looks like extremely good value for money. Beneath Nokia's Z Launcher, the N1 is running pretty basic, untouched Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.
Z Launcher is going to be a hit or miss affair depending on what you like in your Android devices. It's not horrible looking and the scribbling on the screen to quickly get to apps you want to launch is a nice touch. But it is just a launcher. So if you don't like it, go download another and you're away. Nothing beneath the launcher looks to have been touched.
There's a lot to like about it. It's a great form factor, light enough that you could hold it for an extended period of time and pretty darn slim. Foxconn did a nice job on it, and it's important to remember that really, beneath the badge, that's exactly what the N1 is. Foxconn made and Foxconn marketed. That would go some way to explaining the China-only nature at this point, but it's a tablet we'd love to see more folks be able to get their hands on. Nokia tells us there are no current plans to make it available anywhere else, but that doesn't mean it won't. One day.
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