In April last year, Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone manufacturing business in a deal, valued at $7.17 billion. The deal also barred Nokia from getting back into manufacturing smartphones till at least the end of next year.
Keeping that deal in mind, Nokia unveiled a new concept tablet device, the N1 in MWC last year, which it said, it will license to OEMs to manufacture and sell under their brand name.
The tablet was received well by consumers considering its robust hardware background and the fact that the new tablet ran the latest version of Android, all tagged to an extremely reasonable price band. It was later released in China, where its batches sold out in minutes. However, apart from its China release, which itself went relatively unnoticed, there was no further official announcement from either or Nokia or the device manufacturers regarding availability of the new tablet in other markets.
But, that’s all about to change now!
A report from a blog ‘Nokia power User’, based upon import data on the website Zauba, states there is this one device listed that will be shortly available for consumers in India, which looks very much similar to the make of N1.
The device has been made in collaboration with Chinese manufacturing firm, Foxconn, which, as we are well aware, is also a partner to Apple and is responsible for reportedly the largest share of iPhone production. This will be the first Android device to be manufactured by the Chinese firm. And considering Microsoft’s dropping off Nokia’s Chennai plant in the acquisition deal, and Foxconn’s latest hints at manufacturing iPhones in India, the entire scenario seems quite fitting.
Here is a brief specifications overview of the upcoming Nokia device (similar to the N1):
|Display||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen7.9 inches1536 x 2048 pixels (~324 ppi pixel density)|
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
|Processor||Intel Atom Z3580Quad-core 2.3 GHz CPUPowerVR G6430 GPU|
|Camera||8 MP Primary5 MP Secondary|
|OS||Android 5.0 Lollipop|
|Memory||32 GB built-in2 GB RAM|
We are still not sure whether the device under debate is the N1, but it sure as hell looks strikingly similar to Nokia’s first hardware design post the acquisition era. We’ll keep you updated on the same. We have also mailed Nokia for a comment, and will update this post once we receive a response.