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Nokia N1
Operating systemAndroid 5.0 "Lollipop"
System on a chipIntel Atom Z3580
CPU2.4 GHz quad-core
Memory2 GB
Storage32 GB
Display2048×1536 px (326 PPI), 7.9 in (200 mm) diagonal, 4:3 LED-backlit IPS LCD
InputMulti-touch screen
CameraRear 8 mega-pixels, Front 5MP photos
PowerBuilt-in rechargeable Li-Po battery
3.7 V 19.6 W·h (5,300 mA·h)
Mass318 g (0.701 lb)
PredecessorNokia Lumia 2520
WebsiteNokia N1

The Nokia N1 is a tablet developed by Nokia, running on Android 5.0. Unveiled on 18 November 2014, it is Nokia's first mobile device since the sale of its original mobile phone business to Microsoft earlier in the year.[1] It was released in January 2015.


According to Sebastian Nyström, Head of Products Business Nokia Technologies, work on the tablet began on 28 April just days after the acquisition of its former mobile phone division by Microsoft.[2] The unveiling of the N1 came shortly after an announcement on 17 November 2014 by Nokia Technologies President Ramzi Haidamus, that the company would begin to contract the manufacturing of future Nokia products to third-party companies, to ensure a continued consumer presence for the "valuable" Nokia brand. As part of the sale, Nokia is subject to non-compete clauses forbidding it from producing Nokia-branded smartphones until the end of 2015, and feature phones for 10 years after the closure of the Microsoft sale, but is still free to produce devices in other product segments, such as tablets.[3]

The Nokia N1 was ultimately unveiled the next day at the Slush conference.[4][5] While using a Nokia design, its software technology, and brand under license, Foxconn will be responsible for manufacturing, marketing, distribution, and technical support for the N1, and not Nokia.[4]

The N1 is one of the first major devices to include the new reversible "type-C" USB connector; although the new design is part of the updated USB 3.1 specification, the N1 will only support USB 2.0 speeds. In response to this regression, a Nokia spokesperson stated that "our partner didn’t have access to that kind of solution on the chipset that we’re building the device on. It’s just a pure question of having the availability. We believe that the reversible connector is an easier way, and of course the chipset from Intel is quite capable and we wanted to maximize the capability there, but the 3.1 USB capability was not available for this chipset at this time."[6]

The reverse of the device


The overall design and hardware specifications of the N1 are very similar to the iPad Mini 2,[7][1][5] featuring an aluminium unibody chassis, a laminated 7.9-inch IPS LCD display, a 64-bit, 2.4 GHz quad-core Intel Atom system-on-chip with 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage. The N1 includes an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.[1][7]

The N1 runs an otherwise stock distribution of Android 5.0 "Lollipop", but includes an alternative home screen known as Z Launcher. Z Launcher emphasizes the use of gestures for navigation; users can search for applications or contacts by tracing letters onto the device's screen. Z Launcher was also released via Google Play Store for Android smartphones, but the tablet version is exclusive to the N1.[8][1] The N1 is the first Nokia-branded device to officially support Google Mobile Services and ship with access to Google Play Store; the discontinued Nokia X series used a fork of Android, Nokia X software platform, which substituted Google's proprietary software with similar apps from Nokia and Microsoft, and used a Nokia-specific application store.[9]


The N1 will be released in China in February 2015, with a release in European countries to follow. It is unknown whether the N1 will be released in any other regions.


  1. ^ a b c d "Nokia's first device after Microsoft is an iPad mini clone that runs Android". The Verge. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  2. ^ This is the new Nokia – Vlad Savov, Tom Warren. The Verge. Retrieved 18 November 2014
  3. ^ "Nokia looks to resurrect its valuable brand on future devices". The Verge. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Nokia's N1 Android tablet is actually a Foxconn tablet". IT World. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Nokia N1: An iPad Mini clone that runs Android 5.0, priced at just $250". ExtremeTech. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  6. ^ "The Nokia N1 will be among the first devices with a reversible USB connector". The Verge. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Nokia N1 vs Apple iPad mini 3: What's the difference?". Pocket-lint. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Nokia's Z Launcher exits beta with more than a few glitches in tow". Geek.com. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  9. ^ Non-Microsoft Nokia launches Android N1 tablet with Foxconn, David Meyer – Gigaom, 18 November 2014. Accessed 19 November 2014

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