Nokia's first device to the post Microsoft era

Nokia isn't exactly known for its tablets, but having sold its phone-making division to Microsoft it's hoping to catch your eye with its latest compellingly priced Android offering. The Nokia N1 starts at $250 and is set to go on sale in China before the Chinese New Year -- that's February 19, 2015. Information on other international pricing and release dates have yet to be announced, but the US dollar price converts to around £160 or AU$290.

The N1 looks trendy and slim. It's 6.9mm thick and an aluminum frame that comes in dark gray or silver. Its 7.9-inch IPS LCD screen boasts a 4:3 aspect ratio with a 2,048x1,536-pixel resolution. Inside you'll find a 64-bit 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 CPU and PowerVR G6430 GPU with 2GB RAM.

In a somewhat unusual move, the Nokia N1 houses a whopping 32GB of internal storage. Initially this sounds impressive, until you realise it can't be expanded. Nonetheless, some manufactures have the gall to leave you with a lot less and no microSD card slot, so it's a satisfactory trade-off. That amount of space can accommodate a large number of apps, movies and games.

The Nokia N1 is one of the first tablets to sport a USB Type-C socket, which is a reversible USB port that's set to replace all types of USB connections. It's not the sexiest cutting-edge feature, but it's useful future-proofing.

The N1 is also the first to sport Nokia's Android launcher, Z Launcher. Running on top of the latest version of Google's operating system, Lollipop 5.0, the Z Launcher simplifies the home screen with a gridlike display of apps. It customizes the look of the home screen according to where you are, what time it is and what you're doing, as well as making adjustments geared toward your typical activities.

If you want to try out this user interface before you buy the N1, Nokia invites you to download it from Google Play and install it on your current Android tablet or phone.

Source: CNET