Android Tablet Wars: Nokia N1 vs. HTC Nexus 9

Android Tablet Wars: Nokia N1 vs. HTC Nexus 9

Nokia’s Android-powered N1 tablet announcement last night set the whole tech world up on their feet, and some are even comparing it to recent devices sporting the latest Android software as well. How did it fare against Google’s flagship tablet, the HTC Nexus 9? Find out after the break.

Nokia N1Google Nexus 9
7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 IPS display8.9-inch 1536 x 2048 IPS LCD display
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
2.3GHz Intel 64-bit Atom Z3580 Processor2.3GHz NVidia Tegra K1 quad-core CPU, 64-bit
PowerVR G6430 GPU192-core Kepler GPU
8 megapixel AF rear camera8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash
5 megapixel front-facing camera1.6 megapixel front-facing camera
Android 5.0 Lollipop with Z LauncherAndroid 5.0 Lollipop
5,300mAh Li-Ion battery6700 mAh battery
200.7 x 138.6 x 6.9mm228.2 x 153.7 x 7.9 mm
32GB - $25032GB - $399
64GB - $479
no LTE version64GB LTE - $599
• Reversible micro-USB 2.0 Type C
• Fully laminated zero air-gap display
• Sandblasted one-piece aluminum body
• BoomSound speakers

Specs of both tablets deal with almost same numbers right off the sheets. Both have the same amount of RAM, so multitasking wouldn’t be a problem. Both sport quad-core processors: Nexus 9 has NVIDIA’s mighty Tegra K1, and Nokia has Intel powering the device. A few apps have compatibility issues with Intel processors, and there are some that fully maximize the power of the Tegra chips.

Display comes as a huge factor too. Despite the same resolution present in both tablets, the N1 packs more pixels (324ppi) compared to HTC’s Google tablet (287ppi), mainly due to the smaller display size at 7.9 inches.  If you’re keen on bringing a larger tablet, then the Nexus 9’s 8.9 inch display is for you. The N1, on the other hand, possesses a smaller screen, similar to those of smaller tablets such as the Apple iPad Mini 2/3, making it more portable to carry around.

Both come off with Android 5.0 Lollipop right out of the box, and Nokia’s got its own Z Launcher on top of the already visually tasty mobile software to give it a more personal look. The Nexus 9 is stuck with pure Android software without any additional visual enhancements.


Each has its own pros and cons too. The N1 beats the Nexus 9 in a few aspects as it sports a bigger front facing camera (5 megapixels versus Nexus 9’s 1.6 megapixels) and a smaller price tag to boot — $250 or estimated Php11,100 — compared to USD479 for the same Nexus 9 model, which converts to an estimated Php21,600. The N1 is one of the first tablets to use the newly developed reversible USB-C connection, a new standard aimed to solve plaguing plugging USB problems.

On the other hand, the Nexus 9 packs a larger battery capacity due to the bigger size, an LED flash for its rear camera, a LTE variant for those who want cellular connectivity; not to mention that Google is keeping the software up to date up to date. Its BoomSound speakers are deemed one of the best as well, and HTC’s reputation as it is known for building premium devices.

Which of these two power tablets is better? Leave your comments below.





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7 Responses

  1. Easy E says:

    naka-set na utak ko sa nexus9 hanggang nung ni-announce ng nokia ang n1. Napadalawang isip tuloy ako..

    Nagpunta ako sa nokia outlet store sa sm annex para magtanong. Yes daw all future products ng nokia at ang lumia range ng microsoft ay ibebenta pa rin nila. Nagbitaw pa yung manager nila ng first quarter of next year may N1 na daw sila. (Ows?)

  2. Nikko says:

    is N1 available here in the Philippines?

  3. benchmark says:

    Well i think if it was release in other country….for sure it will also be released here in the gray market….siguro around 15k yan…

    I really like N1

  4. Adrian D.M. says:


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