Nokia can’t legally make any phones for a while after selling off its mobile division to Microsoft, but today the company is going a different route with its first new device since the $7.2 billion deal. The Nokia N1 is a sleek metal tablet with a very familiar industrial design running Android 5.0 Lollipop and the company’s own Z Launcher.
The tablet looks a lot like Apple’s iPad mini, with everything from button placements to that anodized aluminum seemingly cribbed from Cupertino’s design. The Nokia N1 offers the same 7.9-inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio and the same speaker grills. It even offers the same choice between white (natural aluminum) and gray (lava gray) design, though there’s no gold option.
Nokia also offers a few extra perks. The N1 is one of the first devices to use a reversible type-C USB connector, features a laminated display and is actually slightly thinner and lighter than the iPad mini 3. It also packs a 64-bit Intel Atom Processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 5300mAh battery, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter and boasts a resolution of a 2048 x 1536 pixels.
In some ways this is the device we wish HTC had designed when it was building the Nexus 9. On the other hand, this sleek metal slate is a little too close to Apple’s design to feel like an original device. Still, we’re excited to try it out.
Nokia is teaming up with Foxconn to manufacture the N1 tablet, which is set to launch in China for $249 in time for the Chinese New Year this February. Expect a wider release in Europe later in 2015, though it’s unclear if the company has any plans for the U.S. market.