Nokia's N1: Is It Just Another iPad Imitator?
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Today, Nokia launched its first device after selling its devices and services unit to Microsoft earlier this year. Introducing, the N1.
The tablet, with its 7.9 inch display, has a slick design that positions itself as a solid competitor in the tablet market. Its features include:
- Dimensions of 7.9" x 5.5" with a width of only 0.27" (200.7mm x 138.mm6 x 6.9 mm)
- Micro-USB 2.0 port
- 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 32GB of storage
- Rear-facing 8 megapixel camera
- Front-facing 5 megapixel camera
- Android 5.0 Lollipop
- Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO
- 5,300 mAh battery
- Stereo speakers
If the device looks familiar to you, it's for a reason. It's almost identical to an iPad - which is not necessarily a bad thing, since the Apple design has proven to be highly successful and easy to use. But, at first glance, the N1 doesn't offer much to set itself apart. The Verge muses:
Just like Xiaomi’s attempts to emulate Apple’s iPad mini design, Nokia’s N1 has the same 7.9-inch screen size and even the same 2048 x 1536 resolution. Nokia has even opted for a single piece of anodized aluminum design.
Nokia’s N1 is almost identical to the rear of the iPad mini thanks to careful placement of the camera, buttons, and headphone jack. Even the bottom of the device has the same speaker grills.
However, Android fans need not despair; Nokia's iteration of the tablet has actually improved upon the model designed by Apple. The Verge's Tom Warren says:
While the Nokia N1 looks like an iPad mini with Android, the company has actually gone a few steps further in improving Apple’s popular tablet. Nokia’s N1 display is fully laminated, unlike the iPad mini 3, and the N1 is just 6.9mm thick and 318 grams in weight, both thinner and lighter than Apple’s offering.
The N1 is also one of the first devices to ever have a reversible USB connector with its Type-C reversible connector. Additionally, the N1 is priced at a nice $249. They will be releasing the tablet in China first "around the time of the Chinese New Year (February 19)" before making its way to Russia and "select" European countries.
The device comes in two colors: Natural Aluminum (left) and Lava Gray (right).
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