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Nov 18, 2014

Spec Shootout: Nokia N1 vs. Nexus 9

As part of its comeback ceremony, Nokia today rolled out the N1 tablet, which is the company’s first under the Android umbrella.

The tablet is the second to arrive in the wild with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, after the Nexus 9, so of course it makes sense to highlight the differences in specs between these two flagship models.

Design and Display

The Nexus 9 has an 8.9-inch display which is a bit larger than the N1’s 7.9-inch form factor. The Google tablet takes advantage of a thin bezel, brushed aluminum sides and is available in three different colors including Indigo Black, Lunar White and Sand. On the other hand, the Nokia N1 will be offered in Natural Aluminum or Lava Gray. The tablet boasts a one-piece design made of aluminum with surface anodization. The N1’s IPS screen with LED backlight takes advantage of Gorilla Glass 3 protection and boasts 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. The display is also of the fully laminated zero air-gap variety. As for the Nexus 9, it offers the same resolution, but keep in mind that the display is a bit larger.

Now let's take a little look at dimensions: the N1 is 6.9mm / 0.27 inches in profile and weighs 318 g / 0.7 lbs, while the Nexus is a bit thicker coming with a 7.95mm / 0.31 inches frame. The Wi-Fi model weighs 425g / 0.93 lbs, while the LTE one is 436 g / 0.96 lbs.


The N1 runs on a 64-bit Atom Processor Z3580 clocked at 2.3GHz fitted with 533MHz PowerVR G6430 graphics chip and 2GB of RAM. The Nexus 9 relies on a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 dual Denver SoC at 2.3GHz with a 192-core Kepler GPU. It comes with 2GB of RAM and either 16GB and 32GB of internal storage. In terms of performance, the Nexus 9 will probably fair out better than Nokia’s first Android tablet due to the presence of the Denver platform. It should also be pointed out that there’s only a Wi-Fi version of the N1, while the Nexus 9 gets LTE.

Camera and Battery

Nokia’s N1 takes advantage of an 8MP camera on the back, while the frontal one is 5MP. The Nexus 9 also has an 8MP camera with f/2.4 aperture auto-focus and LED flash plus a 1.6MP frontal camera with f/2.4 aperture. So if tablet photography is important to you, you should probably pick up the N1. The Nokia N1 relies on a 5300 mAh battery powering a 7.9-inch display, while the Nexus 9's life is sustained by a 6700 mAh battery which said to be able to provide 9.5 hours of juice.


The Nexus 9 is the first premium device from the Nexus tablet line up so it sells for $399 / €319 with 16GB of internal storage. The 32GB version will take you as far as $479 / €384. Nokia, on the other hand, sells its N1 tablet for a much more affordable $250 / €200. The device will go on sale in China in time for the Chinese New Year, but the Finnish company will probably launch it internationally soon enough.

Nokia N1 vs Nexus 9
Image credits to Amazon & Nokia


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