After rounds of speculation, Nokia announced finally that its iPad mini-esque N1 will launch in China on the 7th of January, just about 10 days from now. The tablet comes with decent hardware, and with an expected price tag of around US$250, it’s sure going to grab eyeballs.
To remind you of the specifications, the N1 has a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 pixel display (identical to the Xiaomi Mi Pad), a quad-core 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 SoC along with 2 gigs of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage (which isn’t expandable, unfortunately). The N1 has an 8 mega-pixel rear image sensor and a 5 mega-pixel front, which co-incidentally (or not?) is the same as the Xiaomi Mi Pad; on paper, that is.
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The N1 will also run Android, v5.0 Lollipop thereof, at launch itself. This, and the aforementioned specifications, add up to quite a bit, if you ask me. Possibly enough to give Xiaomi a scare; up until now, the Mi Pad was the undisputed small screen tablet leader, with some high-end internals and a decent price tag.
However, with an expected price of just US$250 (about 1550 CNY), that N1 presents a very lucrative alternative to the Mi Pad. Also keep in mind Nokia’s worldwide presence, which even after the slow years it has had is way ahead of Xiaomi.
So, the million dollar question: the Mi Pad, or the Nokia N1? The Mi Pad 2 is also believed to be in the works, by the way.