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Nov 19, 2014
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Oh Nokia, we thought you were a goner! You can't blame us for being pessimistic though; after that multi-billion dollar takeover of your smartphone-making business by Microsoft last year, the whole tech world thought that you're just going to slowly fade away, content with your place in handset history.

nokia n1Image via Gifsec.com

But then, like Rocky Balboa rising up despite being beaten black and blue by Ivan Drago, the Finnish company is making a comeback! And what better way to do just that than by pulling off a shocker with the launch of aget thisan Android  tablet!

Fellow geeks and all you non-believers, here's the Nokia N1:

Video via Nokia

Sure, this isn't the first time a Nokia-branded device had Android (the X says hello!), but a tablet? It was a totally unexpected move, to say the least, from a company that's not really known for making larger versions of your mobile phone.

Before we give you the low-down on the N1 though, we need to clarify something first (because we bet many of you are confused by this development). Yes, Microsoft did buy much of Nokia last year to the tune of $7.17 billion. However, it's not a 100-percent acquisition. The deal also prohibits Nokia from making smartphones until 2016, which means whatever's left of the company can still make other devices, tablets included. Hence, the birth of the N1.

Got that? Now, let's talk hardware!

In terms of appearance, Nokia took a page off Apple's playbookthe darn things looks like the iPad Mini!

nokia n1Apple iPad Mini

nokia n1Nokia N1

The N1 runs on a quad-core Intel Atom processor and 2GB of RAMa combo that should take care of your mobile chores with ease. Thirty two gigabytes of internal storage is provided for your files as well as a 7.9-inch touchscreen, which classifies the device as a mini tablet.

At the back lies an 8-megapixel camera with Full-HD video recording while up front is a 5-megapixel shooter for your video calls and perfectly-framed selfies.

Last but not the least of the N1's noteworthy features is Android Lollipop. This means the device has goodies like the "Do not disturb" feature and the battery life calculator (click here to know about the Lollipop's other offerings). What sets it apart from other Android devices though is Nokia's Z launcher user-interface:

Video via Nokia

This "skin" changes the appearance of the UI and offers awesome stuff like the ability to search for an app by scribbling the first letter of its name on the display and controlling which apps are on the home screen according to your location or the time of day. For example, you can customize the N1 so that whenever you're about to take on that kilometers-long hellhole known as EDSA, traffic apps will be given priority on the home screen. Nifty! (Speaking of traffic apps, click here to see our best picks)


The N1 is set to go on sale before Chinese New Year (February 19, 2015) next year in China for about $250 (around P11,200). No word if and when it will hit Pinas, though, but we really hope that it lands here if only to see if Nokia's legendary hardware-making prowess is still intact. As always though, we'll keep you posted!