Nokia surprised everyone yesterday when they announced an Android tablet, the N1 model. The device may remind some of the iPad Mini, but there’s more to this model than an iPad rival. Nokia N1 comes in early 2015 with Android 5.0 on board and the Nokia Z Launcher on top. Nokia’s Head of Design took some time to detail the creative process behind the device.


Axel Meyer is the company’s man in charge with design at Nokia and he talked recently about the look and feel of the product. The idea here was to create a simple device, so they had to give up everything that didn’t feel necessary. This made the product natural to use and allowed it to focus on the experience, rather than the object. Nokia N1 is described as “not an ordinary product” and a very well made slate.

This unit is made of aluminum, measures 6.9 mm in thickness and weighs 318 grams. It’s thinner and lighter than the iPad Mini 3 and it packs a 7.9 inch 2048 x 1536 pixel display. It also has a 5 MP front facing camera, 8 MP back camera and a 64 bit 2.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor inside. If you ask me, the design feels like a combo between the Nexus 9 and the iPad Mini, plus a bit of Xiaomi Mi Pad.