Nokia N1 vs iPad mini 3 vs Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: specs comparison

Nokia N1 vs iPad mini 3 vs Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact: specs comparison
Without a doubt, the announcement of the Nokia N1 Android tablet is the highlight in today's news stream – partly because it is exciting to know that Nokia has not given up on designing mobile devices yet, and, no less importantly, because the slate is shaping up as one of the best offerings in its segment. The latter becomes clear once you take a look at the N1's specs sheet – a 1536 by 2048-pixel display graces its front, a quad-core, 2.3GHz Intel Atom processor does all the number crunching, and 32GB of storage are on board for all your files. All of that is housed in a one-piece metal construction with ergonomic design. Seriously, what more could you ask for out of a $250 tablet?

Sadly, it will be a while until we get the chance to take the Nokia N1 for a spin as it won't be launched until next year. Nokia is planning on putting the N1 on shelves in China around mid-February, and there's no word on when the slate will reach western shores. Yet nothing stops us from comparing Nokia's first Android tablet against the competition. At least on paper, that is. Here is how the Nokia N1 stacks up against the iPad mini 3 and the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact in terms of specifications. 

Nokia N1 vs Apple iPad mini 3 vs Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Display

Display size

7.9 inches
7.9 inches
8.0 inches

Resolution

1536 x 2048 pixels
2048 x 1536 pixels
1200 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

324 ppi
324 ppi
283 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body ratio

69.45 %
71.82 %
70.31 %

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

8 megapixels
5 megapixels
8.1 megapixels

Hardware Features

Autofocus
Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, CMOS image sensor

Specifications

 
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 32 mm
Aperture size: F2.4

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Recording format

 
H.264, MOV
MPEG4, H.263, H.264

Features

 
Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Digital image stabilization, Video sharing

Front

5 megapixels
1.2 megapixels
2.2 megapixels

Video capture

 
1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

7.90 x 5.46 x 0.27 inches (200.7 x 138.6 x 6.9 mm)
7.87 x 5.30 x 0.30 inches (200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm)
8.40 x 4.87 x 0.25 inches (213.4 x 123.6 x 6.4 mm)

Weight

11.22 oz (318 g)
the average is 20.6 oz (589 g)
12.03 oz (341 g)
the average is 20.6 oz (589 g)
9.52 oz (270 g)
the average is 20.6 oz (589 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum
 

Resistance

 
 
Water, Dust; IP 68

Biometrics

 
Fingerprint (swipe)
 

Features

 
 
Notification light

Phone functionality

 
 
Yes

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Intel Atom Z3580
Apple A7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801

Processor

Quad-core, 2300 MHz, 64-bit, 22 nm
Dual-core, 1300 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit
Quad-core, 2500 MHz

GPU

PowerVR G6430
PowerVR G6430
Adreno 330

RAM

2 GB LPDDR3
1 GB LPDDR3
3 GB LPDDR3

OS

Android (5.0 Lollipop)
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4)

Battery

Capacity

5300 mAh
6350 mAh
4500 mAh

Charging

 
 
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0

Talk time

 
 
19.00 hours
the average is 0 h (0 min)

Stand-by time

 
 
45.8 days (1100 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)

Talk time (3G)

 
 
23.00 hours
the average is 45 h (2700 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

 
 
54.2 days (1300 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

 
 
45.8 days (1100 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)

Music playback

 
 
170.00 hours

Video playback

 
 
15.00 hours

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 249
$ 729
 

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29 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Nick T. I have been doing that ever since the N1 article was published on PhoneArena.com with the same 3 suspects you used. lol I also used the size tool to compare their sizes & I have to admit, Nokia has a pleasant little beast surprise here!

2. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

nokia lags behind battery life and screen ratio to, but the epic pricing wins my heart for nokia..

3. ABDULGHAFOOR

Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

How you know about battery life? Stupid! wait for a release and reviews

20. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

yes of course I will wait, i'm just referring to what is written on spec sheet, so chill man.

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dude it's running Android 5.0 Lollipop with it's Project Volta! I am sure it's actually pretty solid in the battery life department. Also screen ratio? It's a 7.9" screen... It's almost identical to the iPad Mini 3, while being thinner with better cameras... I don't get your point.

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'm all heart for Nokia!! :D

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes I root for Nokia also! :-) It was the first phone I EVER bought.

21. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

yeah I know, i'm just referring to what is written on paper. the 69% percent ratio, the black software keys makes an illusion of thick bezel, but that is just me judging on what I see for now. we'll see on real life setting..

4. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I love Nokia but the launcher z is terrible.. The scribbling is a terrible idea. Knowing that the n1 uses it I couldn't recommend it. I'd have to go with the sony.

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You know you can install other launchers like Nova & all is solved? This is Android you know...

8. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Yeah.....its android....plus point

9. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

That would deter the purpose of Nokia though.. You know the company who developed OS? If I'm just going to use a launcher why not buy the n9? Yes it's more expensive but that has little impact on my buying decision

11. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

With Android you can get any tablet & slap whatever launcher you like. That's the beauty of Android, you can make it your own. It really makes no difference if it's the Nokia N1 or the Google Nexus 9. At the $245.00 price point it really under cuts the Nexus 9 by a lot. The only trade off really is the screen size.

17. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Yes I know the beauty of Android as I use the specifically. I'm just saying that everyone is boasting this device and have never laid a hand on it to know the quality, yes Nokia typically makes sound devices but they also have bad devices such as the ngage. I'm speaking of the only thing we can be certain about and that's the the z launcher which is in fact not very good imo and dumb down android to the point of being unrecognizable

14. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I don't really see the problem. Buy this, install Nova or Apex or any other launcher and you have a iPad Mini running Android. For an excellent price. I also guess that it won't have the same quality issues as N9 (light bleeding, hollow back panel).

22. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

You can easily change the Z Launcher at ANYTIME and even come back later if you want to try it an other time. This is no more WP. And this is really cheap. 250$ is a real gift.

16. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

For me the Z launcher would be the saving grace in buying anything Android... :-)

24. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

I heard Foxconn built this.

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

That Nokia is friggin cheap. For that reason alone I would choose that. Tho no tablet for me :)

13. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

LOL... I was comparing the specs, and I was thinking "well, they're quite similar", until I reached the last row and read "Price: $249 vs $729"...

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lolololololololololololololololol

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It wouldn't have been so ridiculous if they would have used the 32GB Mini instead of the 128.

19. saratew

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

Nice price. Nothing to complain untill hands-on, which is not likely to happen soon in the country I am living in.

23. Georgenexus

Posts: 5; Member since: May 28, 2014

the soul of nokia has been sold to satan but the body is fighting.If you know what i mean :P

25. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Nice pricing on the n1. But just for the design i would choose the z3 again. Also the phone capabilities of the z3 make it the nr1 choice for me. As a tablet i still use the z2 waiting for what 2015 brings. I'll keep an eye on nokia as im really interested in what they will bring to the table and the intel processor is also interesting imo

26. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Nokia should call it N1 mini .

27. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

No MicroSD expandability, and it doesn't run full Windows... Any interest I could have had is lost. Also metal.instead of polycarbonate may feel premium, but I know which I prefer.

28. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Z3 would win this hands down if it had one of the following. - lower price - higher res screen As is it's probably the best overall due to battery life, if the phones are anything to go by, and the waterproofing. Shame that it's missing one of those two elements so I'd probably have to go with the $249 one. Although definitely the Z3 if I was rich.

29. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

As a mini tablet i think 399€ is a good price but as a phone (lte version) its a bargain at 479€. I usually get high end phones wich cost around 600-700€. I got the z3tc lte as a replacement for my z ultra. Even bought a sbh52 for 70€ and still saved 50-150€

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