Over half a million people lined up online to buy the Nokia N1 tablet, only 20,000 are getting one

Nokia's first Android tablet, the N1, went on sale in China yesterday for the equivalent of $257 – a tempting price tag for a device that good. Chinese appreciators of the iconic brand certainly agreed, for the 20,000 available units that were up for grabs disappeared in a matter of just 4 minutes and 2 seconds.  

More impressively, however, according to the official Nokia Fans Club, over a half million (566,438) people lined up in front of their computers and tried to snatch one. If true, this would imply that, currently, demand is over 28 times higher than the supply, which is nothing short of impressive, and a very, very good start for the Nokia N1. Those lucky enough to have made it to the checkout will get theirs at the end of the month, while the rest will have to wait until noon on January 15 for another shot at it.

So what is it about the N1? Quite frankly, this is one of the very best Android tablets available for the money. For those $257, you're getting a 7.9-inch display with 1536 x 2048 resolution (pixel density of 324 ppi), a 64-bit, quad-core Intel Atom Z3580, and 2GB of RAM. The first and only commercially-available Nokia slate also boasts an 8-megapixel rear camera (no LED flash), and a 5-megapixel selfie one. Powering this config is a 5,300 mAh juicer and a skinned version (with Nokia's Z launcher) of Android 5.0 Lollipop – and yes, that means you also get access to the Google Play Store, unlike with Nokia's X line of smartphones.

While Nokia (the good old Nokia sans its handset division, which is now part of Microsoft) designed the N1, it is Foxconn that actually manufacturing, distributing, and servicing the slate. Nokia is just collecting fees on every unit sold for the rights to use its brand name on it. Whatever the specifics behind the scene are, we currently have no choice but to praise the N1. Whether that stays the case will depend on how well the tab handles our review process, if and when we get a chance to go in-depth with it.

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  • 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. TechNeck

Posts: 655; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

The tablet is more popular than I thought it would be.

5. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yea not to bad. But not a lot of units to be had. Just 20k though... I just hope their reliance on 3rd party doesn't hurt them. Back in the 08 days, 3rd party simply killed and delayed many things.

11. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

I think Microsoft should buy the remaining of Nokia to make sure they (microsoft) won't be embarrassed more.

18. hemedans

Posts: 757; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

microsoft dont have money to buy nokia. nsn alone is twice bigger and profitable than nokia device and service. they have thousands of patents worth tens of bilions, they have here maps which was purchased as navteq for 8 billion usd. nokia is so big dont take it lightly

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No, MS didn't want that. They have enough cash to buy them out. Nokia services posted losses prior to the Tmobile upswing of new towers where now Nokia, in which Tmobile buys a ton of, threw a profit last year, and it wasn't even a billion in profit. If MS wanted to, they could have forged a deal. But MS never wanted all of Nokia. They do not want to be responsible for making cell towers, nor would have regulators allowed it.

12. Blitz

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 02, 2013

We never got a good iPad competitor Android Tablet.Hope Nokia N1 changes it.

14. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Nokia knows....

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

If I could buy one I would buy 2! It's that GREAT of a deal for such sweet specs. One for the wife & one for the kids!

28. AnukulVcool unregistered

you must be a kid when Nokia made some die hard fans with N series.

2. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Now I think there should've been a invite system. LoL

3. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

They're just playing it safe, I guess.

4. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

LoL Nokia isn't THAT stupid. Haha, OnePlus is a literal joke. On the bright side of things, this is an excellent direction for a manufacturer to take. That is quite the impressively spec'D tablet and at a KILLER price point. Kudos Nokia Kudos!

6. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Dayum, the power of fanboyism does make your pockets full. Good thing for nokia.

7. Like-A-Sir

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

D,ont like the design. to curvy.

9. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Lol this is actually the first curvy tab i like design wise!

15. Like-A-Sir

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

sony z tablet, ,,,, looks to die for aswell as the l930 928

8. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

waste of money on china product chinese people is folish

10. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Please die.

13. surethom

Posts: 1714; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Its a nice looking tablet & uses the new USB standard aswell.

16. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Am I missing something here? Why is this Nokia's first tablet when the have Nokia Lumia 2520?

26. nighthawk_al

Posts: 55; Member since: May 23, 2014

It is Nokia's first android tablet

20. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Eyes are now open...

21. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Nice kit, tech wise an pricing. Though, it's looks kill the deal for me.

22. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I really think Microsoft made a big mistake not bring out the Surface Mini all they had to do is what Nokia did and use an Intel atom CPU plus Intel chipsets and load it with Windows 8.1. As I have said before Microsoft needs their own branded "8 inch full Windows Surface Mini" to sell online and in their Physical stores so that low income and moderately income Folks can buy a true Microsoft Budget tablet. This is not a DUMB idea because Microsoft best selling smart phones are the LOW Cost models not their Flagship smart phones although they are great Phones. A Full Windows 8.1 Mini Surface 8 inch Tablet selling between 150 to 400 dollars would sell very well Online and in their Physical stores. I will buy a Windows tablet first and then buy this Nokia N! tablet and buy a used Ipad wifi unit to check what they have to offer.

23. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

They don't need to. There are tablets like the HP Stream 7, $100, runs Windows 8.1 not RT. That covers the low end of things with a decent brand to boot, not some no name chinese company.

24. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Microsoft problem were their OS is not quite popular choice among phone and tablet user. Just as Huawei executive says.... no company making money out of WP device.

25. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It's made by Foxconn? So....Nokia isn't actually coming back to the tech world? Bummer.

27. nighthawk_al

Posts: 55; Member since: May 23, 2014

The brand is still hot and loved by masses. I would absolutely get one if I could, even though I love my Nokia Windows Phone

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