When Microsoft acquired Nokia some time back and announced its plan of re-branding it to Microsoft Mobiles we all thought that we would never see the phones made by the legendary Finnish company. And we were so wrong!
Soon after Microsoft dropped the Nokia branding in favor of its own, the part of Nokia which remained has launched the Nokia N1 Tablet. Now, before you get any more emotional please be advised that this tablet is not made by Nokia.
This tablet is made by Nokia’s partner Foxconn and it is using Nokia’s name for branding purposes. That being said, Nokia is not taking its brand image for granted. Nokia is taking strict measures for ensuring the devices launched under its name have the same quality and feel as if they were made by Nokia itself.
Foxconn is the same company that makes Apple iPhone 6.
Foxconn is only responsible for manufacturing the tablet after receiving the product design from Nokia. So, Foxconn will be paying huge royalties to Nokia for using its brand name and design. And I must say that this is best for both of them.
Nokia has no plans to get into the gadget making business in near future but it will be licensing its name to those who can manufacture quality products.
There is no word on Nokia N1’s international release yet but it will be released in China in Q1 2015 at an estimated price of $249 (without taxes).
We just hope that it is not a China only model and we are expecting it to be available in India soon after its China launch.
Feast your eyes on this video while you wait for the Nokia N1 in India.
I am eagerly waiting for this Nokia N1 tablet as it has got the potential to be an iPad killer at an affordable price. What do you say?