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Nov 18, 2014

Nokia N1 Lava Gray Model in First Real-Life Pictures

Nokia today surprised everybody when it launched the N1 tablet with Android 5.0 Lollipop. The device was introduced to the folks present at the Slush event in Finland, but we only got to look at a few promo images of the device.

Now Chinese website Weand has managed to get ahold of the tablet and snapped some real-life images of it in the process. It’s the Lava Gray model, which looks very similar to the iPad mini. The N1 looked very much like an iPad mini clone in the promo shots, but the real life photos reveal an even greater similarity. Anyway, for those of you just joining the party, the N1 is a 7.9-inch device boasting 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution and drawing power from a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor clocked at 2.3GHz fitted with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

The tablet boasts zero air-gap technology on the display and is offered with 32GB of internal storage. Even if the slate runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nokia has included its own Z Launcher UI, so you can expect a few tweaks with the interface. Nokia will start selling the tablet first in China, while the international release date is set for a later time.

Nokia N1 shown in real life

Nokia N1 browser running

Nokia N1 showing the company's logo on the back

Nokia N1 from the back
Images credits to Weand

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

Say Hi to the Nokia N1 Tablet with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nokia Z Launcher [Video]

Remember that yesterday we told you Nokia was teasing its comeback with images of a shady boxy object? It appears the company had something a tad more exciting than that up its sleeve.

At its Slush event today, the device maker has surprised everybody as it unveiled a new tablet. The Nokia N1 has until now been a very well-kept secret since traces of the device didn't leak online before the event.

Nokia N1 is the first Android tablet to come from the company

Nokia’s first tablet, the Lumia 2520, shipped out with Windows RT onboard, but the new N1 is actually an Android slate. Rumors of Nokia working on an Android slate have been circling around for quite a while, long before the Finish company was acquired by Microsoft. The N1 is an 8-inch tablet boasting 2048 x 1536 resolution and Gorilla Glass 3 protection on the IPS panel with LED backlight. Nokia also said the tablet takes advantage of a fully laminated zero air-gap display. Under the hood lies a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor clocked at 2.3GHz fitted with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Nokia makes use of PowerVR G6430 GPU to pump the graphics department.

In the photography department, users should be quite satisfied because they will discover an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing one, both capable of recording 1080p video. As you can see, the specs are quite nice, but the tablet looks good too. It boasts a one-piece design made of Aluminum with surface anodization. The slate is also quite skinny being only 6.9mm / 0.27 inches in profile, although it doesn't take the iPad Air 2 in this department, which has a 6.1mm / 0.21 inches frame. Nokia is using a 5300 mAh battery on the tablet, which should provide enough juice to get you through the day. Other specs include two stereo speakers that feature total harmonic distortion being less than 10% and microUSB 2.0 with Type-C reversible connector.

Nokia N1 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop

We mentioned above that the new N1 runs Android, but we didn't specify which version. The Nokia N1 becomes the second tablet to be launched in the real world with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, after the Nexus 9. However, the tablet comes with Nokia Z launcher as a default UI, so you will be getting some tweaks in terms of design. The tablet will be made available in Natural Aluminum or Lava Gray and will start selling for $250 / €200 a pop. The N1 is said to go on sale in China before the Chinese new year, which takes place on 19 February 2015, but plans for the international launch haven’t been disclosed yet.

Nokia N1 is a top-notch Android tablet
Image credits to Youtube screenshot

Nokia N1 goes live

Nokia N1 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop

Nokia N1 is a Nexus 9 competitor 

Nokia N1 has zero-gap air display

Nokia N1 comes with Nokia Z Launcher UI

Nokia N1 is quite portable

Nokia N1 hidden by two boxes
Image credits to Nokia

Nokia N1 showing speakers

Nokia N1 is relatively skinny
Images credits to YouTube screenshot

Nokia N1 during launch event

Nokia launched first Android tablet
Image credits to Slush
It's finally here! Nokia N1 – the tablet that thinks ahead. http://n1.nokia.com/
Video credits to Nokia

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