Rumors by Luke Jones on Tuesday December 23, 2014.
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Nokia's recently announced N1 tablet is a monumental device in the company's history as the Finnish giant is starting all over again. After selling its devices division to Microsoft, Nokia is starting as a new entity and this is its first hardware step in a new direction. The N1 is pretty good, if a little too close to the iPad Mini, and it reminds us that Nokia actually knows how to make a solid device.Nokia did not reveal a release date for the N1 tablet when it was launched last month, offering a "sometime in Q1 2015" instead. However, reports are surfacing today suggesting that the N1 will be available in the New Year, with the device pencilled for a January 7, 2015 launch in China. No confirmation on future regional roll outs, but this will almost certainly be a worldwide product, so just be patient if you want one. I offered my view on this device when it launched, here's what I thought:
The design is high end and premium, but it apes the iPad Mini almost to a level of pastiche. The N1 comes with an anodized aluminium design, a rear plate that features the same camera, buttons, and headphone jack placement as the iPad, and even the same dual speaker grills at the bottom of the device. Nokia has even had a stab at copying the look of the Lightning connector, but actually this is for a reason and it is a welcome addition. The Nokia N1 is one of the first products with a reversible USB, meaning you can plug it in either way. While the similarities from every angle are uncanny, the Nokia N1 is actually thinner and lighter than Apple's slate. There are some other differences, albeit minor. For example, there are no chamfered edges, no Home Button, and oddly no Apple logo. For some reason Nokia seems to have taken inspiration from Apple wholesale because the company offers the same color options, has a new case that looks suspiciously like the Smart Case, and to top it off the webpage for the N1 looks like Apple's own webpage. Yes, it is hard to move away from the Apple comparisons, which is kind of sad because the N1 should stand on its own as a fantastic tablet. However, even the 2048 x 1536 resolution is the same as the Mini, while other specs include 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Nokia's N1 also has an 8-megapixel camera at the rear, and a 5-megapixel version at the front. An Apple iPad Mini rip off then, almost certainly, but the Nokia N1 is certainly worth a look. For a start, it comes with Nokia's frankly awesome Z Launcher on board, and in fact is merely a vehicle to push that software.