If you’ve missed Nokia hardware since the company’s smartphones were shuttled off to Redmond, then its latest announcement is sure to have you excited: Nokia just unveiled a new piece of consumer-grade hardware, a 7.9-inch tablet dubbed the Nokia N1. Cased in a single piece of 6.9mm-thick anodized aluminum, this sleek product announces Nokia’s re-emergence on the hardware side of things — and loudly.
The device — which resembles an Apple iPad mini both in general appearance, and in the placement of the camera and other features — will run Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop platform out of the box, via a 64-bit 2.4 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, itself sporting 2 GB of RAM.
Other features will include an 8-megapixel camera on the rear of the device, a 5-megapixel camera on its front, and a 5,300 mAh battery that Nokia claims will provide for up to 9 hours of use per charge.
Rounding all this out is Nokia’s “Z-Launcher”, which will track the use of individual apps, eventually creating automatic “bookmarks” for specific apps that the device expects the user to open up (placed at the top of the screen), depending on the time of day and where the user is located.
The N1 could be a major release for Nokia, as it signals that the company is throwing its hat back into the hardware ring after the sale of its smartphone division to Microsoft. We’d love to give it a try — but it seems that may take awhile. The device is set for release in China next year, at a price near $250, and no U.S. release date is on the books. Let’s hope we get an opportunity to take this tablet for a spin, as this gadget has the company’s stateside fans excited.