Nokia To Make A Comeback, Reveals An Android Tablet N1
Nokia is still loved by many smartphone users. It is like a lost love for some. Once most popular and most selling brand, Nokia was sold to Microsoft for $7.2 billion. Microsoft attempted to revive its fading image but since their own Windows Phone OS didn’t get much attention from smartphone users, their attempts failed. Recently, Microsoft killed Nokia for good.
Luckily, a part of Nokia was not sold and this part is now looking for a comeback. Nokia revealed N1 — an iPad-like small tablet with an aluminum shell, having a 7.9-inch screen, and running Android Lollipop OS — at Slush Conference in Helsinki.
Nokia’s head of devices Sebastian Nyström gave the presentation revealing the new tablet and also gave an emotional speech. “They said Nokia is dead,” said Nyström as he opened his presentation, “I say, they couldn’t be more wrong.” Nokia also looks to launch more devices after N1.
He talked about Nokia’s focus on great design, consumer focus and engineering that made Nokia successful in the past. He said that these were the qualities that Nokia possessed and these could not be left behind after the sale to Redmond.
The acquisition deal between Microsoft and Nokia forbade Nokia from manufacturing smartphones or handsets for 30 months — up to January 2016. However, that deal didn’t cover other devices. N1 is the first device Nokia has launched after the sale of its devices and services business to Microsoft.
Nokia also developed a launcher for Android called Z Launcher. Nokia used the same launcher in the demo of N1. It provides neat features and you can scribble a letter on the screen to call up a specific app. It also learns what you are doing and offers the app you might need at a particular time using contextual suggestions.
Z Launcher was downloaded over 100,000 times on Google Play Store. Starting today, it will be free of charge and you can download it from Play Store for any Android device running 4.1 or later.
Will Nokia be able to succeed in its attempts to save the sinking ship? I say yes! They still possess that magnetic pull they once had. Consumers are getting tired of similar smartphones offering almost same experience, and they still have that weak spot in their heart for Nokia.
Their phones are still ranked among the most popular mobile devices. Now is the right time for Nokia to avail this opportunity and start offering more devices on their own.
As for N1’s specs, it will have Gorilla Glass 3, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front camera, and will weigh 318 grams. Initially, it will be WiFi only. It will be sold first in China at a price tag of $249.
Have a look at N1’s video demo HERE.