And the N1 is an impressive tablet to say the least. It follows in the Nexus 9’s footsteps with a 4:3 aspect ratio display, though with a wee-bit smaller size at 7.9″, a resolution of 2048×1536, and a zero air-gap with the Gorilla glass 3 that’s on top of it. Under the hood is an Intel 64-bit Atom Processor Z3580, with 4 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, a PowerVR G6430 graphics chip, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 5300 mAh battery. An 8MP rear-facing autofocus camera and a 5MP front cam with fixed focus complete the package.
Interesting that they don’t know China has been producing similar tablets for over a year. Tell me again who’s been leading?
There’s no microSD card slot. No HDMI-out. This is hardly cutting-edge.
What it has going for it is the Nokia reputation for build quality and decent cameras.
But this tablet is essentially dead in the water.
The company is now planning to launch the Nokia N1 in China for $249 (before taxes) around the time of Chinese New Year (February 19th), and it will roll out to Russia and select European countries after the Chinese release. That’s an impressive and aggressive price point against Apple’s $399 for the latest iPad mini 3 or even the $299 price of the iPad mini 2. Nokia’s pricing will be key to how well the device is received when it launches next year.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
The Verge doesn’t seem to know a damned thing about the China market. US$249 is what the Xiaomi MiPad is priced at. And it hasn’t been doing well because of its fifty-percent price premium over other China iPad Mini clones. I don’t think the Nokia brand name will do what Xiaomi couldn’t.
And by the time this is released, there will be new tablets from all of the native China companies.
This would have had a chance if Nokia could’ve gotten it in European and American stores for this holiday shopping season. That US$249 price combined with the Nokia name would’ve been attractive.
But they can’t get it in stores. So yeah, the N1 tablet is dead in the water.
Nokia N1 site
NotebookCheck: Intel Atom Z3580
Intel: Intel Atom Processor Z3580 (2M Cache, up to 2.33 GHz)