Nokia N1 specs review - Back In Black

It took much shorter than anticipated for Nokia to orchestrate a comeback ceremony after Microsoft acquired its smartphone business. The Nokia N1 is the first tablet from the Finnish manufacturer since the Lumia 2500, and by the looks of it, it has quite a lot to offer for your money. We're talking premium design, cutting edge internals, and Android 5.0! Come on, you didn't think Nokia would resurrect Symbian on a tablet that has to battle the Nexus 9 and iPad Mini 3, did you? Now, let's see how the Nokia N1 is about to begin the next chapter in Nokia's history.


Aluminum unibody design, remarkable thinness, stereo speakers. Ring any bells?

The Nokia N1's design and appearance immediately attracted comparisons to Apple's iPad Mini 3, and for good reason. It's pointless sugar-coating the fact that, for the most part, it looks like a competent clone with little difference in design and dimensions to speak of. However, this is no reason to cry wolf. While Nokia isn't to be respected for closely imitating a fine, successful design, the end result is, unarguably, one sleek Android tablet. And ultimately, this matters to the majority of customers more than enjoying an original creation. Besides, Nokia is in no position to take risks. After Microsoft acquired the company's smartphone business, its hardware venture is, essentially, a startup with the initial advantage of an established brand. We're not saying Nokia should be "forgiven", and neither are we blaming the company in the first place. We're just stating some clean facts - feel welcome to make what you want of them.

That aside, let's examine the Nokia N1 a little closer. This is a handsome tablet that measures a compact 7.90 x 5.46 x 0.27 inches (200.7 x 138.6 x 6.9 mm) at a weight of 11.22 oz (318 g). It is constructed from one plate of Aluminum and has the appealing advantage of a fully laminated display that sits completely flush with the body. This gives "unibody construction" a new meaning - the Nokia N1 is literally seamless. It is also comfortable to hold, owing to its portable dimensions and smooth edges. While waterproofing would have served the icing on the cake, the package is truly premium as a whole.

What else is there to point out? The button placement is the same as on the iPad Mini 3 - the power key and volume buttons are on the top right. On the very bottom, you'll find the punctures indicating the presence of 0.5W stereo speakers. There's also a microUSB port of the "reversible" type C kind. We can't tell you how much we want these to become the norm on all USB devices!

The Nokia N1 will be available in Natural Aluminium and Lava Gray finishes. We can't help, but wonder - is the Champagne Gold version coming anytime soon?


A screen that meets this and next year's standards.

Zero-gap design and full lamination isn't all the Nokia N1's 7.9-inch display has to stand out with. We haven't seen the panel is person yet, but its technological profile sounds delightful - IPS LCD panel, 1536x2048 pixels resolution, 324ppi pixel densiy, all of that topped off with Gorilla Glass 3. If Nokia has gotten the colors, viewing angles and brightness levels right, reading, gaming, and multimedia will be awesome on this screen.


Nokia's Z Launcher redefines the Android experience.

The fact that Nokia's first tablet in a long while is powered by Android 5.0 is impossible to miss. What's even more interesting is the custom code that runs on top. Meet Z Launcher, quite possibly the simplest, most streamlined Android interface to come from a major brand. It offers a very different user paradigm compared to the typical desktop-like experience. Nokia touts Z Launcher as "the fastest way to access everything on your phone." Expect to see your homescreen dynamically change throughout the day, showing a choice of up to six apps, contacts and websites based on how and when you use your phone. The other interesting nugget is the gesture control that lets you "scribble" a sign or letter with your fingers to activate a certain feature.

Can't wait to see what Nokia is up to? Z Launcher is in beta mode and available freely from the Google Play store. You can download it and test it yourself right this second, if Google Play deems your device compatible. Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, and Nexus devices have the best chances.

Processor and memory

Intel 64-bit processing and late 2013 PowerVR graphics inside mean business.

The Nokia N1 is a generously spec'd device. It is powered by a an Intel Atom Z3580 (Moorefield) quad-core 2.3GHz 64-bit processor. This is a top of the line processor with similar performance to current flagship solutions such as the Snapdragon 805 and NVIDIA Tegra K1 processors. It is paired with the PowerVR G6430 GPU. This graphics unit was announced back in September 2013, and it went right inside the iPhone 5S and iPad Mini 3. In other words, you are getting a unit that is outperformed by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 chip inside the Nexus 9, but is exactly the same as in the Nokia N1's direct competitor. While PowerVR's latest silicon, which went inside the iPad Air 2, is roughly two times more powerful, this chip will be able to keep up with the best of them a year or two from now on. The RAM memory is 2GB, and the storage space is 32GB (less in reality, due to how file systems address memory). This powerhouse is ran by a 5300mAh battery. Given Intel's energy-efficient processors, the battery life shouldn't disappoint. The lack of GPS and cellular connectivity is a tad disappointing, though.


An 8-megapixel main camera and 5-megapixel front camera

To old and budding tablet photographers, the Nokia N1 offers an 8-megapixel main camera with autofocus and 1080p video recording capabilities. The front cam is a 5MP unit, which means you'll look great in video chats and selfies. There are no flashes of any kind, though. One has to wonder whether Nokia will be able to bring its imaging expertise from PureView-branded Lumia phones onto the N1 and future products. Hopefully, the Finns will offer something to retain their photographic reputation.


If Nokia markets it properly, the Nokia N1 will sell like hotcakes.

Priced at an aggressive $250 before taxes, we expect the Nokia N1 will sell like hotcakes to tablet enthusiasts, assuming the company markets it properly. The Nokia N1 is the fiercest Android competition to the Google Nexus 9 right now, with similar horsepower, but better design and much comfier pricing. However, the question when Nokia will launch this bombshell still looms over our expectations. Only a tentative release timeframe is provided - early 2015. The first country to get the tab will be China, possibly due to Foxconn acting as Nokia's manufacturing partner. If you have a million of these little wonders sitting in a warehouse in China, you might as well go about selling them.

Ahh, it's good to have Nokia back! We think the N1 is a sign of great things to come - especially when the company's contractual obligation to Microsoft to abstain from smartphone making expires. What's your opinion?

Related phones

  • Display 7.9" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 5300 mAh



1. nghtwng68

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

Nice move in the right direction Nokia! I believe this is a way to relaunch the brand with the N1 tablet (looks very similar to the iPad though, but it's ok) and possible mobile wear and then break away from Microsoft all all together. Then produce some high end Android phones under the Nokia umbrella with some amazing specs. Go NOKIA!!!!

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

as we know it has great specs, so whenever we will see Nokia Android Phone, it will have great specs.

14. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

and we'll also know if at all Nokia comes out with a phone it will most definitely look like the iPhone judging by the looks of N1 which is blatantly copied from iPad mini.

29. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

So u r predictionist........ If Nokia comes out with a phone, then it will definitely look like N9 or N8 or X7 They have best designs in phone department.

32. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

then why did they copy apple?

65. dimas

Posts: 3384; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Nokia went simplistic with their tablet and you quickly accuse them of copying apple? You can have a better comment yes?

102. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

the body, the design? the frame?the camera placement and um the resolution? the 7.9 inch screen? don't tell me that 7.9 is a super famous screen size? it's sickening.

37. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

and when you say that it will look like N9, N8 or X7 its not a prediction ?......LOL BTW, I like to speculate not predict. Since you asked I'll give you the reason..... If you look at any flagship phone and tablet they more or less look alike. May it be iPhone & iPad, GS5 & Tab S, Xperia Z3 & Xperia tablet, Nexus 6 & Nexus 9. All of the phone and tabets have same design language. Its not hard to speculate that whatever phone Nokia comes out with will be a copy of iPhone since they already blatantly copied iPad. See this is called logical reasoning and not prediction.

61. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

nokia likes to differentiate their device on every category, like music xpress, E series, N series, so my speculation is, it will be all different from low end to high end device, i can't picture they will go after n9's design language, because that design is with microsoft now, you don't want to confuse your consumer specially brand recognition is what at stake, as for blatant copy, maybe yes, but the glass screen to aluminum body based on the picture fits perfectly without the polished edge like with the ipads, the tablet looks fluid, solid, because of the continuity of metal and glass, as if they were fused together as one. but i do hope they make much better design language to be able not to be titled as shameless copycat. it's their first tablet, and their comeback, so it is okay with me, but when they still copy apple's design language, i'll criticize their design team as lazy designers.

95. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

tech2 It is very sad from you to say so much non sense.

40. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

On a side note, X7 looks so badass! Love that stealth looking corners!

92. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I like Nokia, but the N9 looks like a touchscreen iPod Nano (1st and 2nd gen) or the old iPod Mini. There was nothing really original about that design.

39. hemedans

Posts: 760; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

there are lot of things we dont know yet, just imagine situation like this. foxconn buy a lot of material to produce ipad mini, ipad mini sells are poor, apple and foxconn agree to use those material in another tablet. foxconn approach nokia and tell her the situation then they come up with this idea. time will tell brother, lets wait and see

112. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

They just recycled the bodies of unsold iPads. Lol jk! Seriously, the only time I look at the design is only on day one. My eyes will be on the screen all the time. Plus Ill be putting a case on it anyways so I will forget how similar N1 is to iPad.

50. Meccalangelo

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Its amazing how everyone frowned on the Mi Pad but praise Nokia for what they've done.

98. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Mi Pad ? Big LOL.

79. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Gotta agree now that I've stopped reading and looked at pics.... But....they did say they licensed the industrial design to Foxconn. What if a major bombshell is Apple also licensed this from Nokia? Heads would explode again.

82. zero_td

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

you just know that apple is going to sue them lol​/

75. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Nice to know about the chip. Will await battery life results. PowerVR is no joke tho....good choice. I wanna see more Android prpdocts with Intel, to see how Intel is doing on the smart phone side of things.

83. Fazz1977

Posts: 153; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Agreed man. I'd kill for a nokia android phone!!! And Apple copied everything from everyone else in the first place. iTards need to get off their faggoty high horse.

13. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Pure rubbish. Everyone knows that this would run more fluidly with the intuitive Windows 8 as the operating system. Continue to worship your false Android gods for well you know that you yearn for a mighty Windows handset.

16. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I am not sure if a guy/gal with a Windows Vista profile pic should actually be allowed to use the word 'intuitive' when describing Windows. PS. Nice reverse trolling ;)

58. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Perhaps, but with Android's 30% growth rate year-on-year and 85% market share, the war is likely over. I was waiting for Windows Phone, but in the end with Android because the offering is wider and more versatile. WP may be a more frugal OS, and Msft has the cameras, but they haven't been able to leverage it.

86. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

LOL...go stuff a turkey,'s almost Thanksgiving...

18. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

At this price, I think I am going to pick this up for my wife. I am waiting for the Google Nexus 9 in Sand color.

24. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Well, Nokia can't really "break away from Microsoft" because Microsoft owns the mobile division of Nokia (aka the Lumia phones).

44. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Nokia cant make phones because microsoft bought their device s**t right. Well make some phablets then. Where is that sick saddistick m0t5erfu6king stephen elope.

2. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Luis D, I think you posted pics of an iPad in this Nokia article /s

3. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Hmm I can't wait to see the folks who bash the iPad minis looks but find this tablet beautiful Personally it looks great and can't wait for the reviews. If this came with stock lollypop I'd totally sport it but I don't know of a launcher that imitates 5.0 yet and no I do not like Nova or apex

67. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Everybody bashes ipad mini 3 not because of design but because of very less upgrade (Only touch ID).

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