Nokia is slowly making a comeback in the mobile market. While they’ve been plunged deeply into the failing mobile Windows ecosystem, the Finnish company is slowly working its way back away from Microsoft’s OS and towards a much more successful OS. We’re talking about Android, of course, and it’s been quite a beautiful thing to see the rumors of Nokia’s great return to power slowly turn into reality. While selling through stock in China quickly isn’t a sign of world domination or anything, Nokia’s first Android-powered tablet has been successful there and in Taiwan since their launch earlier this year, and while we got excited about the prospect of these tablets going on sale in the Europe and UK it seems the whole thing was rather a sad hoax.
We actually had our hands on the Nokia N1 back at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, and have had one in-house for about 3 months now, but the biggest hurdle in actually enjoying the use of the tablet is the app store. Long story short each manufacturer usually has its own app store in China because of the national ban on Google, but that could change if Nokia actually does change its stance on the product and start to launch it internationally, packing it in with the Google Play Store as other international Android-powered devices already do. This in toe with the incredible price and specs that the Nokia N1 packs; £219.00 for a 2.3GHz Intel Atom 64-bit processor, Android 5.0 Lollipop, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 5,400mAh battery and a 7.9-inch display at 1536 x 2048 resolution.
Retailer Nokiastore.co.uk looked like it had the tablet up for pre-ordering, it seems that was just a test page of sorts and Nokia has confirmed that it isn’t working with this store in any way to distribute the tablet across the European continent. This is quite a shame considering the quality of the tablet itself, one that’s held back immensely by the lack of support from Nokia internationally. There’s likely patent hurdles and that pesky agreement with Microsoft to overcome, but with the possibility of it ending soon enough and Nokia making some actual Android flagship devices, we’re still holding out hope that this fake pre-order will become a real one in the very near future.