Nokia N1 is an Android Tablet That Sure Looks Like an iPad Mini

By Gerald Lynch on at

It's handed over the Lumia name to Microsoft, but Nokia's not bowing out of the hardware game just yet. It's just revealed the Nokia N1 tablet, its first slate since the Windows RT-packing Lumia 2520, and its first to run Android.

There's no need to rub those peepers; yes, the Nokia N1 looks incredibly similar to an Apple iPad Mini. Milled from a single block of aluminium, you could defensibly shout "rip off" at this 7.9-inch tablet, right down to the placement of its volume buttons and bottom-positioned speaker grilles. It'll even be one of the first devices to make use of the reversible USB Type C port, itself reminiscent of Apple's Lightning port.

Measuring 6.9mm, it's a tad slimmer than an iPad Mini 3, and looks set to be incredibly powerful thanks to the inclusion of a 64-bit 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor. Backed by 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, it's a premium-sounding device, despite expectations for it to land in a low-cost price bracket.

Running Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Nokia N1 will also use Nokia's Z Launcher, an overlay that shuns widgets in favour of a homescreen that, based on your usage, can anticipate which apps and services you need the most, pushing them to the fore automatically. It also lets you scribble letters onto the screen as a quick launcher for apps and search terms.

The tablet's going to be debuting in China around February 2015 (just in time for Chinese New Year) before heading over to Russia. With converted pricing hovering around the £160 mark, it's a well spec'd slate if the price stays the same, should it ever reach our shores. For now, there's no word on a UK release, but with Nokia unshackled from the Microsoft deal, anything is possible. [Nokia]