The Nokia N1 Android tablet may be a device that’s primarily a Nokia product in name only, brought into this world by the team at Foxconn, but what a name it is. From Windows Phone, to Symbian, and beyond, Nokia’s been a leader in mobile tech for decades, so it’s no surprise that when word arrived in November of a Nokia-branded tablet with some very impressive specs and and a quite affordable price, we sat up and took notice. But were we getting ahead of ourselves? Would the N1 be as good in the flesh as it sounded on paper? Anxious to find out, we’ve been paying close attention to release plans for the tablet. We knew it would be hitting China first, in time for the nation’s New Year celebration, but just when? A rumor late last month mentioned a January 7 date for the start of sales, with shipments going sometime between then and the Spring Festival in mid-February. Today it’s looking like that report was spot-on, as we get word of the start of Nokia N1 pre-orders.
Indeed, pre-orders for the N1 get underway today, for that same nearly-$250 price tag we first heard attached to the tablet. Shipments will follow in three weeks, going out to customers on January 28.
What about other nations? After all, while China’s getting the N1 first, it’s supposed to spread to other markets at a later date. There’s still no official word, but we’ve heard the suggestion that such sales could come to Europe during February. As for which nations that would involve, as well as what impact the new market might have on pricing, we’ll just have to wait and see.