Microsoft may have acquired Nokia's Devices & Services division earlier this year, but the Finnish firm isn't totally out of the mobile devices racket. Nokia announced this morning that it will partner with an as-yet-unnamed manufacturer to deliver the first Nokia-branded Android tablet.
Known as the N1, the device will feature a strikingly Apple-like "one-piece aluminum design," a 7.9" display, a 2.4GHz quad-core Atom processor (from the Moorefield generation), and Android Lollipop apparently festooned with custom software. Nokia's Z Launcher interface will let users "scribble a letter or two to find their content quickly," the firm says, and it will also keep track of searches to offer more relevant suggestions "based on time of day and location."
Now, Nokia won't make or even sell the N1 directly. The company will instead license its brand name to an "original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner," which will take care of "manufacturing, distribution and sales." The N1 won't be available stateside at first, either. Nokia says the tablet "is planned to be available for purchase in China in Q1 2015 for an estimated USD 249 before taxes, with the anticipation of expanding sales to other markets."